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Chuck And Buck [DVD] [2000]

Mike White , Chris Weitz , Miguel Arteta    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mike White, Chris Weitz, Lupe Ontiveros, Beth Colt, Paul Weitz
  • Directors: Miguel Arteta
  • Writers: Mike White
  • Producers: Beth Colt, Abby Schwarzwalder, Charles J. Rusbasan, Gina Kwon, Jason Kliot
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000058CBV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Once upon a time, in a childhood land of lollipops and sleepovers, Chuck and Buck were the best of friends; their days marked out with "fun, fun, fun". The trouble is that Chuck grew up and Buck did not. When the pair are reunited at a family funeral, Chuck (now a thrusting music exec with a pert girlfriend and an apartment in the Hollywood hills) finds himself bothered and bewildered by the creepy lost boy he thought he'd left behind. "I like your house," mumbles Buck, sticking out like a sore thumb at an uptight yuppie party. "It's very old person-y."

Shot on a shoestring budget by Miguel Arteta, Chuck and Buck offers a uniquely rich and strange comedy of retarded childhood. Think of this as a Peter Pan for modern-day America, or the Tom Hanks film Big viewed through a glass darkly. The slender premise contains deep pockets of ambiguity. After all, who's the real victim here? The harassed Chuck (played by American Pie co-creator Chris Weitz) or the spurned, saucer-eyed Buck (Mike White, who also wrote the script)? And who is the hero: the successful, status-conscious professional or the dopey, tearful wild card? Throughout the tale, you find your sympathies swinging back and forth between them.

Make no mistake, Chuck and Buck is alive with hilarious, often horrific set-pieces. Yet Arteta's direction keeps it on a tight leash, prevents it from descending to the level of a simple freak-show. Instead his film blossoms from an odd-couple farce into a drolly provocative (and oddly humane) portrait of that shadow period between infancy and adolescence. White's character comes across as a very human kind of movie monster. Resplendent in stripy T-shirt, Buck is Chuck's conscience, his id, the ghost of childhood come back to haunt him. --Xan Brooks

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An all too innocent man-child stalks his childhood best friend and tries to reconnect with their past.

Actors: Mike White, Chris Weitz, Lupe Ontiveros, Beth Colt, Paul Weitz
Director: Miguel Arteta
Manufacturer: Prism

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars when the bubble pops 7 Aug 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Chuck and Buck doesn't seem to register much these days, just 13 years after it was released, but it is an outstanding film on a strange and not very popular theme. Following the death of his mother, Buck, aged 27, becomes obsessed with his childhood friend with whom he had some sexual experiences when they were 11, and starts to stalk him, relocating to Los Angeles where Chuck is a mover in the record industry with a beautiful fiancee (Carlyn) and swanky house. The film shows someone with a kind of arrested development, still very attached to toys, who pushes to the limit the tolerance of two very sympathetic young people. At the same time Buck writes a play and has it performed at a fringe theatre, directed by a very likeable Puerto-Rican woman called Beverly. It tells the story of this friendship, of course, and turns out to be quite terrible and badly acted, as we expect. However it does help Buck to get somewhere psychologically, and, as Chuck attends thanks to Carlyn's pushing him into it, serves to stir feelings about the past, and present insecurities. Up to this point much of it has been a comedy of embarrassment, making you feel it quite acutely as you sit watching it.

Things do come to a head with Chuck actually agreeing to spend a night with Buck, during which it becomes clear that this intimacy has left a mark on him after all, even though he has moved on in the normal way. Prior to this Buck had spoken to Carlyn in a way that lost our sympathy, where up to that point this feeling had been maintained by the excellent acting of Mike White (who also wrote the screenplay). This balance must have been very difficult to bring off, because there is something creepy about the character, and his blinkered vision is not without its offputting aspect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smartly written dark tale of obsession. 24 April 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Chuck and Buck grew up together as best friends until Chuck's family moved away when he was eleven. When Buck's mother unexpectedly dies Sixteen years later Buck writes to his childhood friend to invite him to his mother's funeral. Now a successful music executive Chuck returns to attend the funeral only to find after sixteen years apart Buck is emotionally and socially immature and has essentially remained an eleven year old child in a man's body. Embarrassed by the situation Chuck quickly returns back to his fiancé in Los Angeles and ignores any other attempts by Buck to contact him. Shattered by his rejection and his mother's death now making him financially independent, Buck moves to L.A desperate to rekindle their old friendship, which at first becomes a nuisance and soon descends into stalking and blackmail of a shared secret past.
If you're expecting a comedy then you will be hugely disappointed, this is a dark and often uncomfortable film which deals with adolescent homosexual experiences which is very much similar in tone to the work of Todd Solondz. But is you enjoyed films liked 'Happiness' and 'Palindromes' then 'Chuck and Buck' is a touching though uneasy experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, funny, and emotionally complex 3 May 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Creepy, complex story of upwardly mobile young yuppie stalked by his emotionally retarded best
friend from childhood.

Often very funny, but in an intentionally uneasy, uncomfortable way. It's full of unexpected turns
and details, and never opts for the easy or the simple.

Mike White is amazing as the infantile Buck. The other acting is good enough to do the story justice.

Filmed on low-end video, and not great looking, but this is a case where fascinating characters and
rich writing carry the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable low-fi film with excellent acting by the lead (Mike White who plays Buck in what I understand was his first feature film). Although Buck is without doubt a creepy character his sweet, childlike, and essentially innocent nature, ensures he garners the viewer's sympathy throughout most of the story (although you wouldn't want him baby sitting your kids!). Some funny moments ensue particularly leading up to the amateur play Buck puts on with his sympathetic and charming mother substitute Beverly, and there are lots of cringeworthy awkward situations, although thankfully the film never spills over into predictable violence or abuse (despite ample opportunity) and is sensitively handled throughout.

Like alot of these types of stories one does question what would you do if you were Chuck (and for me his reactions are very believable up until the final scenes where Chuck decides to resort to unexpected measures and the story loses some credibility; the attempted satisfactory ending also seemed a bit forced and hence a "Star" is docked). A mention too for some excellent music including tracks from The Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Indie Film That Tests Your Patience 10 Jan 2003
This is one strange film and if you are an "indie" fan, you may like it. My point is that films should make you feel something and this one does more than that. Homosexuality is not the issue here. Child-like stalking and innocence beyond belief are the mainstay concerns. I did feel uncomfortable, empathic, uneasy, sorrowful, giddy and weird all over. This is a real-life movie and that's why people are so squirmish about it. The end will satisy anyone - creepy or normal to the hilt. It is a rare slice of life and sometimes we don't like being reminded that we have a mentally disabled relative.
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