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Uncle Buck (1989)




Critic Consensus: Uncle Buck has its ups and downs, but there's undeniable comedic magic that comes from uniting John Hughes, John Candy, and a house full of precocious kids.

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In this cheerful, lightweight comedy, excruciatingly clumsy, disorganized, and messy Uncle Buck Russell (John Candy) becomes the screens most unlikely babysitter since Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty. While their parents are away, eight-year old Miles (Macaulay Culkin), six-year old Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) and their teen-aged sister, Tia (Jean Kelly) are left in the care of Buck. Surprisingly, the very inept Uncle Buck entertains the younger children who come to love him and earns the respect of Tia when he rescues her from her worthless boyfriend. However, in doing so, Buck nearly loses his long-time girlfriend Chanice (Amy Madigan). John Candy is delightful in the leading role giving a touching and notable comic performance. Directed by John Hughes in his typical broad style, this youth-oriented comedy is perhaps the best role of John Candy's regrettably brief career. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

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John Candy
as Uncle Buck
Amy Madigan
as Chanice Kobolowski
Garrett M. Brown
as Bob Russell
Laurie Metcalf
as Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
Mike Starr
as Pooter-the-Clown
Suzanne Shepherd
as Mrs. Hogarth
Doug VanNeesen
as Party Boy
Matt Craven
as Walt Bernstein
Jerry E. Postt
as Marko the Mechanic
Zak Spector
as Mechanic
Gigi Casler
as Party Girl in Bedroom
William Windom
as Mr. Hatfield
Ron Payne
as Maizy's Teacher
Gina Doctor
as Party Girl
Anna Chlumsky
as School Child
Joel Robinson
as Miles' Friend #1
Colin Baumgartner
as Miles' Friend #2
Eric Whiple
as Miles' Friend #3
Mark Rosenthal
as Party Boy #1
Doug Van Nessen
as Party Boy #2
Wayne Kneeland
as Party Boy #3
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Critic Reviews for Uncle Buck

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2)

Wickedly underplayed, the role of Uncle Buck allows the adroit comic actor to blend physical comedy with small moments of tender reflection.

August 17, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

...Hughes and Candy may take a sloppy, anything-goes approach here, but it works...

March 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The supposedly sweet domestic comedy hits too many sour notes to remain in tune, even if always competent.

April 27, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

One of the many excellent family films from director and writer John Hughes...

December 23, 2012 | Full Review…

It's not John Hughes's best film, but it could be his funniest, as well as his saddest.

March 20, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck is a good comedy from John Hughes, but it is not his best work. John Candy is good here and he brings his zany humor to an average script. I enjoyed Uncle Buck, but compared to other films that Hughes has directed far superior films, and with Uncle Buck, we still see that magic that he has, but his ideas are somewhat lacking, and the film struggles in some areas with the material. There is enough funny bits to make this one worth seeing, and it is a fun and entertaining film that despite it's slow in parts, is never dull due to Candy's always loveable performance. John Hughes' direction is terrific, but at times you can clearly see where the film could have been improved on. Uncle Buck is really funny with a good story and worthwhile performances. If you're looking for a good family comedy to watch, then give this one a shot. John Candy is amusing here, and he makes so-so material better. For me the best collaboration between Hughes and Candy was Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but Uncle Buck still manages to have all the usual elements from a John Hughes movie. The film has a bit of drama thrown into the comedy as well, so you can expect something a bit serious, which is typical of a Hughes movie. Uncle Buck is funny, dramatic and warm hearted all in one movie. However John Hughes has made better movies throughout his career. Candy makes this worth seeing and it is an entertaining film, but it could have been a bit better as well.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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Everyone loves Uncle Buck!! ;-)

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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Uncle Buck is a very funny movie, and I love John Candy, but sadly the movie was very boring.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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