Uncle Buck

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"He's crude. He's crass. He's family."
  • PG
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 7.1  (107,255)
  • 51

Uncle Buck is a 1989 comedy-drama film directed by John Hughes starring John Candy as the titular character, Buck Russell. The film follows Buck, a carefree slob who doesn't have a job, but is called upon by his brother Bob and sister-in-law Cindy to babysit their three children, Miles, Maizy, and Tia. Buck arrives at their doorstep with his own unique style and outlook on life, but he quickly bonds with the family and finds himself facing a series of hilarious and heartwarming situations.

The film begins with Miles, Tia, and Maizy's parents needing to leave town for a family emergency, leading Cindy to ask Buck, who is the only family member available, to take care of the children until they return. Buck is initially apprehensive about the idea, but Cindy persuades him to take on the responsibility, much to his own surprise.

Once at the house, Buck finds himself facing the challenge of winning over Miles, Tia, and Maizy, who have grown accustomed to a strict, routine-driven lifestyle. Buck's laid-back attitude and unconventional methods of parenting initially clash with the children's expectations, but they eventually warm up to him.

Throughout the film, Buck's presence in the household causes a series of comedic events. He has trouble connecting with Miles and Tia, who rebel and act out against Buck's carefree lifestyle. Meanwhile, Buck is constantly fighting with the family's next-door neighbor, who seems to have a personal vendetta against him. Additionally, Buck's pursuit of a love interest in the neighborhood adds another level of chaos to his life.

As the days pass and Buck becomes more invested in the family's well-being, his true nature is revealed to be that of a kind-hearted family man. He begins to gain the trust and respect of Miles, Tia, and Maizy and becomes a key figure in their lives.

One of the key subplots in the film involves Buck's relationship with Miles, who is a troubled teenager struggling with his own issues. Buck serves as a mentor to Miles, helping him overcome his problems and providing much-needed guidance.

As the film nears its climax, the family's emergency is resolved, and they return home to find Buck has not only taken care of the children but has also gone above and beyond in ensuring their safety and happiness. Buck departs, and the family, including Miles, Tia, and Maizy, have grown to love and respect him, despite his unorthodox ways.

Uncle Buck is a heartwarming tale of a man who initially seems out of his depth, but through his love and dedication to his family, finds himself. In classic John Hughes fashion, the film embraces the idea of unconventional families and the importance of relationships based on love and acceptance.

Overall, Uncle Buck is a light-hearted comedy that still manages to touch on some of the more poignant aspects of family life. The film is anchored by John Candy's brilliant performance as Buck, who manages to be simultaneously hysterical and heartwarming. Macaulay Culkin and Jean Louisa Kelly also deliver standout performances, making Uncle Buck an enjoyable film that can be watched time and time again.

Uncle Buck is a 1989 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 51.

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    1 hr 35 min
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    7.1  (107,255)
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