- 1 hr 35 min
When Cindy Russell played by Elaine Bromka learns her father has suffered a serious medical emergency, she and her husband Bob Russell played by Garrett M. Brown make plans to go to Indianapolis to be with him. Trying to find what to do with the three children is resolved under Cindy's vehement protests by asking Bob's brother Buck Russell played by John Candy to babysit. Uncle Buck drives a wheezing, beatup car and is a disreputable slob. Otherwise unemployed, Buck makes his living betting on horse races. Tia Russell played by Jean Louisa Kelly is the teenage daughter of Cindy and Bob. As with all families with teenagers, there is a pronounced conflict between Cindy and Tia. Uncle Buck also draws Tia's suspicion, outrage, and embarrassment. The other two younger children, Miles Russell played by Macaulay Culkin, and Maizy Russell played by Gaby Hoffmann hit it off with Uncle Buck immediately. The plot centers around Buck protecting an unwilling Tia from her boyfriend Bug played by Jay Underwood. Tia rejects Buck's warning that Bug is up to no good. The story continues until Buck catches Bug with another girl, ties him up, and takes him to Tia. The truth of Bug's true intentions and complete lack of remorse for his behavior shatters Tia. When Bug runs away after Buck releases him, Buck pelts the fleeing Bug with golf balls. The plot ties up nicely when Cindy and Bob return to find a more adult Tia. Buck receives help from his girl friend Chanice Kobolowski played by Amy Madigan as he struggles with managing children. Other story highlights include an outing to a bowling alley and parent/teacher conference at Maizy's grade school. Assistant Principal Anita Horgarth played by Suzanne Shepard upbraids Buck regarding Maizy's lack of focus on her academic career. Written, directed, and produced by John Hughes, this comedy film pulled first place on the opening weekend and received mixed critical reviews.