Uncle Buck (1989)




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In this cheerful, lightweight comedy, excruciatingly clumsy, disorganized, and messy Uncle Buck Russell (John Candy) becomes the screens most unlikely babysitter since Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty. While their parents are away, eight-year old Miles (Macaulay Culkin), six-year old Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) and their teen-aged sister, Tia (Jean Kelly) are left in the care of Buck. Surprisingly, the very inept Uncle Buck entertains the younger children who come to love him and earns the respect of Tia … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as Uncle Buck

as Chanice Kobolowski

as Bob Russell

as Marcie Dahlgren-Fros...

as Pooter-the-Clown

as Mrs. Hogarth

as Party Boy

as Walt Bernstein

as Marko the Mechanic

as Mechanic

as Party Girl in Bedroo...

as Maizy's Teacher

as Mr. Hatfield

as Party Girl

as School Child

as Miles' Friend #1

as Miles' Friend #2

as Miles' Friend #3

as Party Boy #1

as Party Boy #2

as Party Boy #3
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Critic Reviews for Uncle Buck

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the many excellent family films from director and writer John Hughes...

Full Review… | December 23, 2012
Cinema Crazed

It's not John Hughes's best film, but it could be his funniest, as well as his saddest.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Film Freak Central

There isn't much to love about the movie besides Candy's excellent performance.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck is a good comedy from John Hughes, but it is not his best work. John Candy is good here and he brings his zany humor to an average script. I enjoyed Uncle Buck, but compared to other films that Hughes has directed far superior films, and with Uncle Buck, we still see that magic that he has, but his ideas are somewhat lacking, and the film struggles in some areas with the material. There is enough funny bits to make this one worth seeing, and it is a fun and entertaining film that despite it's slow in parts, is never dull due to Candy's always loveable performance. John Hughes' direction is terrific, but at times you can clearly see where the film could have been improved on. Uncle Buck is really funny with a good story and worthwhile performances. If you're looking for a good family comedy to watch, then give this one a shot. John Candy is amusing here, and he makes so-so material better. For me the best collaboration between Hughes and Candy was Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but Uncle Buck still manages to have all the usual elements from a John Hughes movie. The film has a bit of drama thrown into the comedy as well, so you can expect something a bit serious, which is typical of a Hughes movie. Uncle Buck is funny, dramatic and warm hearted all in one movie. However John Hughes has made better movies throughout his career. Candy makes this worth seeing and it is an entertaining film, but it could have been a bit better as well.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Everyone loves Uncle Buck!! ;-)

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

Uncle Buck is a very funny movie, and I love John Candy, but sadly the movie was very boring.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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