Uncle Buck Reviews
The whole film is so Hughes with the lovely suburban setting, big dream house, bratty teens, innocent kids with lots of prat falls and silly childish gags that are predictable yet simply fun. The plot is simple enough as the slobbish Candy must look after his brothers kids for afew days, this of course equals much tomfoolery and bumbling from Candy as he adapts to his new posher surroundings and tries to befriend the kids.
Candy's character is alittle similar to his character from 'Planes Trains and Automobiles' to be honest but Candy as we know does it so well, Hughes doesn't mess around and simply gets the best from Candy, the best that he knows will be liked. Macaulay Culkin present here in a pre 'Home Alone' performance that clearly got him that famous role as again his character is pretty similar in both films but he does fit these 80's films so well I gotta admit.
Its all very predictable yes but Hughes just had this skill in making golden teen flicks and family films that just worked perfectly even though they were abit samey, a case of everything coming together at the right time for that one time in history which can never be repeated, Candy was the ultimate family comedy character.
For the two people left who haven't seen this, it is a sweet story about screw-up Buck, (John Candy in my favourite role for him), who goes to his well off brothers' house to babysit his nieces and nephew when his sister in law's father is taken ill. There is stroppy little madam, Tia, (Jean Kelly) and younger kids Miles and Maisey,(Macauley Culkin and Gabby Hoffman). Buck wins them over in his own unique way. Kind of predictable, but a nice little family comedy, similar in style to Home Alone, but I think my fabourite of the two.
I always get a smile out of Tia and Bug, although the older I get, the more horrible I think she is! Laurie Metcalf is also in this, and funny as usual.
Buck Russell (John Candy) hasn't ever really been that close to his brother and his family, and he doesn't exactly have the cleanest and richest way of life, but when there's nobody else to turn to, Buck's brother Bob and Bob's wife, just might have to call on Buck to come and babysit their three kids. From there, I'll let you find out the rest on your own, and believe me, it's more than worth it!
There was a lot of parts in "Uncle Buck" that had me laughing nonstop, such as the part where Buck speaks to and makes fun of an assistant principal who has a huge wart on her face. Everything else about "Uncle Buck" goes along with the hilarious antics of John Candy to make this a great movie. It has good acting by everybody, the story is interesting, and I have to say it again, it's HILARIOUS!! If you've ever liked any other John Candy movie or if you like comedy movies at all, especially one the whole family can sit down and have a good time watching, then I recommend purchasing "Uncle Buck." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. Who doesn't miss John Candy?
The late John Candy excels here as Buck Russell who at first glance is a slob and without much going for him. However, as the film goes on, we learn that Uncle Buck does indeed have a heart. The film really is about a guy who looks like the type of man you would keep your family away from but who is in fact a guy with a heart of gold.
I recommend Uncle Buck to anyone who fancies watching a nice simple little film for the whole family to enjoy. And watch out for the scene with the drunken clown on the doorstep!