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Uncle Buck (1989)

PG | | Comedy | 16 August 1989 (USA)
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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16 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Tío Buck al rescate  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$66,758,538 (USA)
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Gaby Hoffmann plays Amy Madigan's daughter in Field of Dreams (1989) released the same year as Uncle Buck. See more »

Goofs

When Miles unpacks the lunch that Uncle Buck has made for him and asks the boy to his right "Would you like to talk about a possible lunch trade?" (27:51 to 28:10), the scene cuts to an overhead shot (28:11 to 28:12) of the three boys at his table propelling their chairs backwards across the room. The overhead cut has numerous continuity errors. At 28:11, (1) Miles is still unpacking his lunch so his hand is back in the lunch bag and he is missing the canned sardines and two plastic bags, (2) the boy to Miles' right is wearing a solid purple shirt rather than a blue shirt with black stripes, and (3) the sandwich in the right hand of the boy to Miles' right has been replaced with a bag of Fritos. See more »

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[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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When the movie finishes, John Candy's voice yells "Wake up!", followed by the sound of an air horn and John laughing. 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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The Protector: Real Love
9 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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First, the movie is the funniest of all of Candy's films. There are not weak spots like Summer Rental or The Great Outdoors. It is good all the way through. The short length of the movie works very well. It flows well with no boring parts. The movie is his best because of the moral depth to the character. The jokes all come at his expense what a bumbler he is and how out of his element he is trying to be responsible for the first time in his whole life. The film was criticized for his sinister tone towards Bug when he is preying on Tia. The violence and threats of violence were a target of Siskel and Ebert. Well, when some guy is going around preying upon angry, upset teenage girls using them, getting them pregnant then dumping them, I did not find Buck's protective reaction wrong in any way. The parents are such a disaster; clueless yuppies obsessed with improving their lifestyle and abandoning the poor kids. This really is the core of the film that gives it such depth. Tia is ignored by the snobby, clueless mother seeking the affection she is denied at home. Buck is thrown into the middle of this dysfunctional family with a very angry, bitter teenage girl.

Candy's self deprecating humor is at its best here. His protection of the children is well done without being gooey. The scene where he almost takes them to the race track and looks in the rear view mirror at them after cursing them; that is really a great distillation of why the film is his best. Candy made a lot of bad movies: Harry Crumb, Delirious, Wagons East, they tended to be very superficial and often boring. This is a glaring exception. The protection of Tia, her coming to realize that he is not controlling her but protecting her; the last scene is the image that stays with you forever. After the yuppie parents go back in the house, Tia sees him truly for the first time. Their eyes meet and he raises his hand. She understands that despite his awkwardness, mistakes and being in general, kind of a bum, he truly loves her. The scene is the quintessence of the movie. The connection and the love, real love that sacrifices and protects not today's vapid verbiage devoid of any real actions of love. It is a real gem, I cannot tell you how many times I have watched it. He is not here but I bet he would tell you it was his favorite. Certainly, he has the greatest moral depth to it. A Great Little Movie: Love That Risks All For Another


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