Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck

What he said:


Several weeks back I went on an all-day paintball adventure. Aside from the fact that my knees were in agony, it was a blast! By the time we got home, cleaned up, and sat down, we were both whooped. Despite being totally exhausted, I couldn’t really fall asleep. So there I was sitting on the couch totally exhausted, rotating between ice and heat on my knees, with nothing to do. We had not rented anything that weekend and frankly I was too tired to get up and look through our own video library. I lucked out because Uncle Buck and Innerspace (review here) came on Encore back-to-back!

Uncle Buck is about a bachelor who is asked to help watch his brother Bob’s kids when his father-in-law falls ill. Bob and Cindy Russell are in a jam. When they have to leave town to help care for his Cindy’s sick father, they have trouble finding a sitter for the kids. They’ve tried everything and nobody is available. So Bob decides to suggest his brother Buck (John Candy) is up to the task, but Cindy strongly disagrees. She isn’t a fan of Buck’s smoking, boozing, and is unmarried. However, they really can’t find anybody else, so she reluctantly agrees.

Buck (John Candy) agrees to help, but has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. Buckis his own man. He likes to drink, smoke cigars, and gamble. In fact, gambling is how he makes his living.
The guy is a bachelor through-and-through and doesn’t know the first thing about raising kids.

Luckily the younger ones don’t seem to care too much. They are a little skeptical of him at first, but quickly warm up to him. He doesn’t know what he’s doing and they think that’s kind of funny. He does things that seem totally off the wall – like make giant pancakes – and kids like that kind of stuff. Hell, who wouldn’t? He has some really great interactions with the kids (played by Macaulay Culkin and Gaby Hoffmann) throughout the movie. Here is another one.

He also has some absolutely hilarious scenes with their older sister Tia (Jean Louisa Kelly) and her boyfriend Bug (Jay Underwood). Tia is your stereotypical moody typical teenager on steroids. This gal is one cold bitch, but Buck still feels an obligation to protect her.  She may not want his help and may not have the first idea about parenting, but he will do whatever he feels is right to lookout for her.

Then there is the mole scene. How could I not bring this one up? It’s just one great line after another! This scene is pure entertainment.
If you have never seen it or haven’t seen it in a while do yourself a favor and seek it out. It is an 80s classic and one of John Candy’s best! The only thing that bums me out about it is that both John Candy and director John Hughes are no longer with us. Both created some great movie memories that I will never forget.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on May 24, 2012.