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Uncle Buck (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  16 August 1989 (USA)
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Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

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As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles and Maizy with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry. His carefree style does not impress everyone though - especially his rebellious teenage niece, Tia, and his impatient girlfriend, Chanice. With a little bit of luck and a lot of love, Uncle Buck manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy. Written by edward-fraraccio

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He's crude. He's crass. He's family. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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16 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tío Buck al rescate  »

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$66,758,538 (USA)
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Trivia

When Buck goes to the party to find Tia he hears the Rap music playing and jokingly says "Who's That? The Grass Roots?" The Grass Roots were a popular band in the late 1960's that had a string of hits including "Lets Live For Today", "Midnight Confessions" and "Temptation Eyes" among others. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the bowling alley scene, Uncle Buck rolls a ball in unison with a man on the next lane (at around 5 mins). We then see the ball knock over all the pins, but when they cut back to Buck celebrating his strike, the man next to him is rolling another ball already (at around 10 mins). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tia: Get your bag off the table, people eat there.
Maisey Russell: People eat off of plates.
Tia: Don't give me any crap, Maizy.
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Crazy Credits

John Candy's voice shouts, "Wake up!" See more »

Connections

Remade as Uncle Bun (1991) See more »

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RHYTHM OF LIFE
Written and Performed by Hugh Harris
Under license from CEMA Special Markets, Capitol Records, Inc.
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Uncomplicated simple and pleasant
27 December 2004 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I gave this an '8', which is one or two more points than it really should get, but the simple fact is - I enjoy watching it over and over. John Candy shines as Uncle Buck. He brings the character alive and you can't help but wish you had a crazy guy like that as an uncle.

Well, maybe a distant uncle, but still he's warm, lovable and helpless in so many ways. As one would expect, the story is simple, the scenes mostly predictable (except maybe the ax-murder scene?) and of course there's a happy ending.

The little kids, Maisy and Miles, played by Gaby Hoffman and a slightly younger Macaulay Culkin, are simply adorable! The teenage daughter (Jean Louisa Kelly) perfectly portrays a teenage girl in the throws of that classic imbalance between childhood and adulthood.

Anyway - no one dies. No one loses an eye or an arm. No houses burn down. There are no explosions, no fighter jet scenes, no wild car chases - just plain old silly fun.

Go watch it. This is not a request! Uncle Buck says watch it!


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