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Uncle Buck

Updated on December 26, 2013

Uncle Buck Movie

Uncle Buck is about a man who has spent his life trying to avoid responsibilities and is somewhat of a screw up. This has made him the black sheep of his family so he hasn't been invited over to see his brother and his family for years. However when his sister in laws father has a heart attack they need someone to look after their kids. When they find all of the other options can't do it they have no choice but to ask Buck to do it.

Buck agrees to help them out mostly because he cares about his brother but partly because his girlfriend wanted him to start working at her company the next day, and this would get him out of it. Miles and Maizy are young and don't remember him at all but they like their Uncle Buck almost immediately. However the teenage daughter Tia, that is a different story.

She believes that she is old enough to take care of herself and feels ignored by her own parents. When Uncle Buck shows up, he sees she is defensive and feels she is going to be taken advantage of by her boyfriend. She wants to push him away, thinking she can take care of herself. While he keeps trying to help her and connect with her because he doesn't want to see her get hurt.

They both learn and grow from each other. Buck learns that he actually enjoys the responsibilities of looking after the kids and is now no longer afraid of it. Tia learns that she doesn't know all that there is to know and it can be good to have someone there to look after you. Their relationship with each other helps to repair the relationships that they were previously struggling with- Buck with his girlfriend and Tia with her mother.

I remember going to the movies with my friends to go see Uncle Buck. When I think about it now it should have been a no brainer to go see it, after all it was another movie by John Hughes. He had been involved in some of the most popular teen movies of the time - Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful. These all had the main focus on the teenagers appearing in the films.

However John Hughes was also involved in other successful films that did not focus on teenagers such as Mr. Mom, the 3 Vacation movies, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. However I don't think we really knew about John Hughes at the time and how much he had shaped our generations view on life. We went because well going to the movies is what teenagers do, and the commercials made it look like it would be funny. This movie actually lived up to the commercial, it was funny, and being by John Hughes it was also emotionally engaging.

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Why You Should Buy Uncle Buck on DVD + Blu-ray

As I said I saw this in the theatres, I had it on a VHS tape, and now I own the DVD + Blu-ray copy. I buy this movie because it is one of my favorites and a really great comedy classic. However one of the most important reasons is because when they show it on TV they always cut out one of the best parts of the movie. No I am not talking about the language, although that is annoying, on TV they never show what happens what Uncle Buck does when he finds Bug.

I am not sure why they always remove that scene he does take some revenge on him but it is not with a hatchet like he threatened him with earlier in the movie. I would understand if it was something truly vicious or bloody but it isn't. Well it is bloody funny, but no blood is shed.

What I like about buying this kind of package is that it has 2 discs with this film one for a DVD player and another for a Blu-ray player. So I can share the movie with my sister or my parents. I keep the Blu-ray copy, since they don't have a Blu-ray player, and I can give my sister or my parents the DVD copy. The price of these packages is usually only a couple of dollars more and with 2 separate discs you can split the cost with someone, making buying the movie half the price.

Cast of Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck is played by John Candy in one his most lovable roles. He first garnered attention on SCTV. He went on to appear in many films. He appeared in 2 other John Hughes movies - Planes Trains and Automobiles and Home Alone.

Tia is played by Jean Louisa Kelly. She also appeared in Mr. Holland's Opus and she starred in Yes, Dear for 7 years as Kim Warner.

Miles is played by Macauley Culkin who would go on to play Kevin in the Home Alone series which would shot him to fame. Along with Uncle Buck and the 2 Home Alone movies he also appeared in another John Hughes movie Only the Lonely.

Marcie Dahlgren-Frost (the next door neighbor) is played by Laurie Metcalf. She is probably most well known for playing Jackie Roseanne's sister on Roseanne. Lately she has been in 4 episodes of the Big Bang Theory playing Sheldon's Mom.

Home Alone Collection
Home Alone Collection

Home Alone was released the year after Uncle Buck starring Macaulay Culkin who played Miles in Uncle Buck. John Hughes wrote and produced it.

 
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Those Aren't Pillows Edition)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Those Aren't Pillows Edition)

John Candy starred in this John Hughes comedy two years before. Some people feel this is John Hughes best comedy film.

 

Uncle Buck Trailer

Uncle Buck Trailer

Have You Seen Uncle Buck in the Theatre, on TV, or DVD? What is Your Favorite Scene?

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Yes, I've seen Uncle Buck a few times - it's clear proof that John Candy (R.I.P.) was a talented actor. My favorite scenes involved him trying to "get through" to Tia about some grown-up issues (as you pointed out). His acting was superlative. I'm still somewhat saddened that John Candy (a Canadian actor/comedian) died at age 43 of a heart attack.