Uncle Buck

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Released 1989

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Director:
John Hughes
Released:
1989
Rating:
PG

Uncle Buck is a beloved 80s comedy classic starring legendary comedian John Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Armed and Dangerous, Delirious, Stripes, Nothing But Trouble, Little Shop of Horrors) in one of his most venerated performances as an incorrigible and wildly in over his head uncle drafted by his brother to look after his nephew and two nieces, while brother and sister in law drive to Minneapolis to care for her father, who has just suffered a heart attack. Buck leaves his girlfriend and potential new boss Shanice (Amy Madigan, The Dark Half) hanging to park his jolly girth in his brother's happy home and bond with his relatives, including a pre-Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, and his rebellious teenage niece Tia (Jean Louisa Kelly, Mr. Holland's Opus), who constantly butts heads with a babysitter which she steadfastly maintains she neither wants nor needs. The film was written and directed by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Beuller's Day Off). The film was such a smash success that in spawned a short-lived TV series in 1990.

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  • 50

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Sometimes funny and, in the way of small-screen entertainment, so perfectly predictable that one could mail in the laughs.

  • 50

    Washington Post Rita Kempley

    Uncle Buck is competent comedy, a bit simplistic, a bit stale, no gremlins, no gushiness, no surprises. A Hughes movie offers the kind of reliability you expect from major househol...

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Uncle Buck attempts to tell a heart-warming story through a series of uncomfortable and unpleasant scenes; it's a tug-of-war between its ambitions and its methods.

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