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Chuck & Buck -- An offbeat film about 27-year-old Buck (Mike White) reuniting with boyhood friend Chuck, who decides -- evidence to the contrary -- that they're still best pals.
Chuck & Buck -- An all too innocent man-child stalks his childhood best friend and tries to reconnect with their past.


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Directed by
Miguel Arteta 
Writing credits
Mike White (written by)

Produced by
Thomas Brown .... co-executive producer
Beth Colt .... co-producer
Scott M. Cort .... co-producer
Michael Escott .... co-executive producer
Matthew Greenfield .... producer
Jocelyn Jansons .... associate producer
Jason Kliot .... executive producer
Gina Kwon .... associate producer
Charles J. Rusbasan .... co-executive producer
Abby Schwarzwalder .... associate producer
Joana Vicente .... executive producer
Judith Zarin .... co-executive producer
Jason Zolov .... associate producer
Original Music by
Smokey Hormel 
Tony Maxwell 
Joey Waronker 
Cinematography by
Chuy Chávez  (as Chuy Chavez)
Film Editing by
Jeff Betancourt 
Production Design by
Renee Davenport  (as Renée Davenport)
Set Decoration by
Isabelle Stamper 
Costume Design by
Elaine Montalvo 
Makeup Department
Jane Kelly .... key hair stylist (as Jane Nan Kelly)
Jane Kelly .... key makeup artist (as Jane Nan Kelly)
Patrick Wallace .... assistant hair stylist
Patrick Wallace .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Alberto García .... post-production supervisor
Alberto Gieco .... production supervisor
Steven Kaminsky .... additional post-production supervisor
Wendy Riseborough .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Schmidt .... second assistant director
Alberto Grimaldi .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ed Barret .... swing
Erik Norville .... property master
Carlo Quinel .... lead man
Devoe Yates .... assistant props
Vilis Zakis .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... dialogue assistant
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
George Flores .... boom operator
Claire Freeman .... dialogue editor
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Gillick .... sound effects editor
Shawn Kennelly .... adr recordist
Yehuda Maayan .... sound mixer
Michael A. Morongell .... sound re-recording engineer
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor
Andy Peach .... sound re-recording assistant (as Andrew Peach)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mark Rozett)
Ann Scibelli .... sound designer
Dan Scolnik .... dialogue assistant
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Eric Thompson .... foley mixer
Trevor Ward .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Paul Curtis .... adr editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kathy Thomson .... digital color timer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephanie Allespach .... still photographer
Plume Buigues .... electrician
Plume Buigues .... grip
John Capron .... gaffer
Douglas Kieffer .... key grip
Matthew McNeil .... assistant camera
Alexia C. Pilat .... still photographer
Eden J. Shapiro .... electrician (as Eden Shapiro)
Eden J. Shapiro .... grip (as Eden Shapiro)
Edmundo Gonzales .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nina-Marie Gardner .... casting associate
Miranda Thompson .... casting consultant
Meredith Tucker .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cesar Magana .... costume assistant
Jeanne Yang .... costume design consultant
Editorial Department
Pamela Martin .... additional editor (as Pam Martin)
Doug Moldowsky .... on-line editor: Digital Revolution
Gloria Vela .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music consultant
Jessica Clements .... music consultant
Petra Haden .... additional vocalist
Smokey Hormel .... music supervisor
Tony Maxwell .... music supervisor
Joey Waronker .... music supervisor
Margaret Yen .... music consultant
Other crew
Rachel Aberly .... unit publicist
Raymond Alvarino .... production assistant
Michael Bergemann .... location scout
Don Brewton .... police officer
Mikey Buchbinder .... production intern
Terry Crews .... security officer
Andy Cruz .... police officer
Cindy Curran .... production assistant
Eric Diamond .... location scout
Allen 'Big Al' Ewald .... craft service
Rebecca Fayyad .... production intern
Ruben Fleischer .... assistant to director
Andy Goldman .... title designer
Sheila Han .... production assistant
Kent Linker .... studio teacher
Kevin Perry .... assistant to producer
Truman Van Dyke .... insurance
Nicole Widmyer .... production assistant
John Zaik .... tape-to-tape color correction: Company 3
Jeffrey Shepherd .... location scout (uncredited)
Jeanine Basinger .... special thanks
Albert Berger .... special thanks
Jesse Carter .... special thanks
Evan Cohen .... special thanks
Bill Condon .... special thanks
Ann Du Val .... special thanks (as Ann Duval)
Laurence Dumortier .... special thanks
Daniel Edelman .... special thanks (as Dan Edelman)
Frank Evers .... special thanks
John Flansburgh .... special thanks
Jordan Fried .... special thanks
Jim Furlong .... special thanks
Carlos K. Goodman .... special thanks (as Carlos Goodman)
Lauren Greenfield .... special thanks
Patricia Greenfield .... special thanks
Sheldon Greenfield .... special thanks
Adrienne Gruben .... special thanks
Theresa Hecht .... special thanks
Mike Hemingway .... special thanks
Melodee Hindle .... special thanks
Victor Ho .... special thanks
Chris Iovenko .... special thanks
Phil Jones .... special thanks
Steven Kaminsky .... special thanks (as Steve Kaminsky)
Dan Kapelovitz .... special thanks
Sherrie Kaplan .... special thanks
Jon Kim .... special thanks
Scott King .... special thanks
Jamie Lincoln Kitman .... special thanks (as Jamie Kitman)
Linda Lichter .... special thanks
Harold Linde .... special thanks
Patrick Lindenmaier .... special thanks
Kamala Lopez .... special thanks (as Kamala Lopez Dawson)
David Lubliner .... special thanks
Scott Macaulay .... special thanks
Shirley Moyers .... special thanks
Robin O'Hara .... special thanks
Michael Palmer .... special thanks
Jerome Poynton .... special thanks (as Jerry Poynton)
Peter Pritchard .... special thanks: Florida Audobon Society
Peggy Rajski .... special thanks
Victoria Robinson .... special thanks
Paul Rodriguez .... special thanks
Brant Rose .... special thanks
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... special thanks
Kathy Sarreal .... special thanks
Pat Savage .... special thanks
AJ Schnack .... special thanks
Esther Shapiro .... special thanks
Richard Alan Shapiro .... special thanks (as Richard Shapiro)
Jeffrey Shepherd .... special thanks (as Jeff Shepherd)
Jon Shere .... special thanks
Adam Shulman .... special thanks
Sharon Sklar .... special thanks
Jill Springer .... special thanks
Hugh Taylor .... special thanks
Daisy von Scherler Mayer .... special thanks (as Daisy Mayer)
Alex Wengert .... special thanks
Lyla White .... special thanks
Mel White .... special thanks
Bill Wolkoff .... special thanks
Ron Yerxa .... special thanks
Strauss Zelnick .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexuality and language
96 min
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Did You Know?

Appeared on Entertainment Weekly's list of The 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen in the Jul 16, 2012 issue.See more »
Continuity: The secretary says Chuck's office is on the sixth floor, but when Buck goes up to meet him he is on the third floor (look at the elevator doors when Buck changes his mind and leaves).See more »
Jolie:What do you do in L.A., Buck?
Buck O'Brien:Um, nothing.
Jolie:I know a lot of people who have that job. It's one of the better jobs you can have. I bet you're very good at it.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Side by Side (2012)See more »
Freedom of the HeartSee more »


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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A Cleverly Conceived Tale of Obsession, 5 September 2000
Author: mackjay from Out there in the dark

If you're losing faith in the creativity of screenwriters, "Chuck and Buck" should be an eye opener. This cleverly conceived film could be called a new twist on the theme of obsessive love, yet that would not really do it justice. "Chuck and Buck" explores the classic tale of unrequited longing not only from a new angle, but attempts to sound the very depths of that longing.

Directed with great assurance by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White (who also plays Buck), this is a film that really succeeds in taking an audience somewhere they have (probably) never been. Nearly everyone can relate to a tale of frustrated love. Buck's monomaniacal fixation of his love object is nothing new to movies. This character could recall, by turns, John Heard in "Chilly Scenes of Winter" or Isabelle Adjani in "The Story of Adele H.". And, like those and myriad other lovesick character studies, "Chuck and Buck" offers the viewer some basis of the obsession. Where the new film is unique is in the extremely close observation of a lovestruck character as a manchild. Buck has-in the deepest emotional sense-truly never left his childhood behind. His bedroom is replete with every little-boy accessory: piles of boxed board games, stuffed animals, and the persistent motif, an illuminated plastic globe that displays lollypops. When his mother dies at the outset of the film, Buck-now 27-instantly transfers his emotional dependency onto Chuck, his best friend from childhood. Not surprisingly, the latter has moved forward into an adult life. Chuck has gone to LA, taken a job with an independent recording company, and gotten himself engaged. Buck tracks his old friend down, inviting him to his mother's funeral, and wastes no time in letting Chuck know that the special quality of their childhood relationship-a sexual one-has not been forgotten. In fact, Buck wants to take right up where they left off some sixteen years ago. As might be expected, Chuck, his fiancee in tow, heads immediately for the Hollywood Hills. When the indomitable Buck relocates himself to LA to pursue his romantic destiny, the two men embark upon one of the oddest, most entertaining and most wrenching psychodramas yet encountered on screen.

One of many notable aspects of the film is its completely unapologetic attitude to homosexuality. Buck certainly has a problem, but it is one of infantilism, not of sexual orientation. Even in moments of dire frustration at Buck's relentless advances, Chuck never condemns his friend for who he is. For some, an identification of homosexuality with infantilism may be seen as a subtext here. But to this reviewer, the sexuality issue serves a more symbolic end: these childhood friends whose names rhyme are two sides of one coin. They have more in common than Chuck, perhaps, would admit and their bond goes deeper than even Buck could know.

Chris Weitz does very fine work bringing an exasperated Chuck to life. Although his character is much less finely drawn, Chuck can elicit as much audience-identification as Buck does. Weitz' facial expressions, as realizations slowly dawn upon him are expert and compelling. In the role of a neighborhood theater guardian angel, Lupe Ontiveros is downright marvelous. She finds the exact key to a character who discovers herself through association with the enigmatic Buck. Best of all is Mike White as Buck, a textbook case of perfect casting. White could not look more suited to the role: his slightly drooping, half-open mouth and shock of red hair are both comic and oddly endearing. So identified with is White with Buck that it is difficult to avoid thinking the role is somewhat autobiographical.

In a film of many fascinating and clever touches, one especially stands out. Running out of avenues to Chuck, Buck decides to write and produce a play about his frustrating friendship. With the help of the Ontiveros character and some hilarious backstage tribulations, the play is performed and, as a conciliatory gesture, attended by Chuck. The upshot of this entertaining, but disturbing episode is unexpected and moving. Shot on digital video tape by Chuy Chavez, the film has a fuzzy, home-movie quality. And the many hand-held shots have only a slight documentary feeling, due to the complete lack of any sense of improvisation in this tightly scripted venture. "Chuck and Buck" takes chances with it characters and its narrative. While some of its components may work better than others, it boldly questions the meaning of emotional maturity and friendship. Highly recommended.

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