Monday, 16 May 2016

Uncle Buck Review











Uncle Buck


Release Date: 21st December 1989 - Australia 


Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Hughes Entertainment

Distribution 
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG
 
Runtime: 99 minutes 


Budget: $15,000,000

Box Office Gross: $79,258,538 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary 
When Cindy and her
husband leaves for a family
emergency, there is only
one person available to
babysit for their three kids:
Bob's lazy, carefree brother,
Buck. While he immediately
gets along with the two
younger children, Buck
must change his bachelor
lifestyle if he wants to be a
responsible caregiver for
the angst-filled teenager,
Tia.


Cast
John Candy - Buck Russell
Jean Louisa Kelly - Tia Russell
Gaby Hoffman - Maizy Russell
Macaulay Culkin - Miles Russell
Amy Madigan - Chanice Kobolowski
Elaine Bromka - Cindy Russell
Garrett M. Brown - Bob Russell
Laurie Metcalf - Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
Jay Underwood - Bug
Brian Tarantina - E. Roger Coswell
Mike Starr - Pooter the Clown
Suzanne Shepherd - Mrs. Hogarth
William Windom - Mr. Hatfield (Voice)
Dennis Cockrum - Pal
 
Crew
Writer/Producer/Director - 
John Hughes
Producer -  Tony Jacobson
Production Designer - John W. Corso 
Production Designer/Visual 
Consultant - Doug Kraner
Costume Designer - Marliyn Vance
Director of Photography - 
Ralf D. Bode
Film Editors - Lou & Tony 
Lombardo and Peck Prior
Music - Ira Newborn

Review
Most people that grew up in the late 80s and early 90s will not forget the late clown of comedy John Candy and all of the movies he's been featured in before the untimely and tragic death in 1994. There have been a few times Candy had collaborated with the late writer, producer and director John Hughes in three movies (also appearing as a cameo in HOME ALONE). UNCLE BUCK was the third of their collaborations and is a little too perfect to be a simply enjoyable movie in its own right. There wasn't much else that this feature could provide us with, it hit the nail on the head with creating funny characters that people can easily relate to. It is very simplistic, easy to watch and heartwarming. There were a few parts that had me laughing all over the balcony! One of the the standout scenes for me was where Buck has several encounters with his niece's annoying boyfriend where he threatens to murder him with a hatchet and drill. Also, the funniest scene where he binds him in duct tape and puts him in the boot of his car, then releases him and shoots some golf balls at him as he is running away with nothing but his undies on.

John Candy's acting was commendable and funny, he truly is a great comedian actor and really cemented his place as a Hollywood funny guy in this amusing feature. I'm surprised that Macaulay Culkin was at his early role before he yet to make his big break in next year's HOME ALONE (click here).

UNCLE BUCK was a simplistic and heartwarming but solid feature that nobody should deny watching. I would recommend this movie to anyone in the mood for a good laugh and also I would say, this is a very re-watchable movie.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


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