Thursday, November 17, 2011

Uncle Buck (1989)

Synopsis: Loveable oaf prevents unwanted teen pregnancy.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Uncle Buck is the last person you’d think of to watch the kids. But with a little luck and a lot of love, he manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy.”

What Did I Learn?: Nobody appreciates a drunk clown.

Really?: 1) Wouldn’t Buck face charges of kidnapping, assault, and maybe a few other offences after he tied up Bug, forcibly confined him in the trunk of his car, and then fired golf balls at his head? 2) If you dropped a rare decorative plate on the floor and it failed to shatter, would you really hit it against the corner of a table to see if it was unbreakable?

Rating: Uncle Buck might be John Candy’s best movie. Even two decades later, it’s still rather charming, and some of the exchanges between Buck and Bug (the sleazy high school student who wants to sleep with Buck’s niece) are just priceless. 8/10 stars.


  1. Uncle Buck is Candy's best movie? No way, the best movies are where Candy has interplay with another actor, like Eugene Levy or Steve Martin. I vote for Planes, Trains and Automobiles, with an honourable mention for Armed and Dangerous.

  2. I used to love Planes Trains & Automobiles but it (and this movie, both being John Hughes) is a bit too sappy.


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