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Amiable piece showcasing John Candy's strengths.,
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This review is from: Uncle Buck [DVD] (DVD)
Buck Russell is a slob, but as a last resort during a family crisis, Bob & Cindy Russell agree to let the oafish Buck babysit their three children...
Perhaps a tad too sugary with its moralistic social commentary? Director John Hughes has none the less crafted an entertaining, and at times, heart warming film. Watching Buck bulldoze his way through a series of standard chores is never less than entertaining, but it's the interplay with the three offspring of his brother that is the film's successful core.
The two youngest children take to Buck straight away, to them he is like one big clown, but the relationship with the teenage daughter is fractious at best. Yet in typical John Hughes fashion, Uncle Buck becomes a rites-of-passage piece, where family values come shining to the fore from whence there was merely mirth.
It's John Candy's show all the way, he puts enough skin on the bones of Buck to keep him interesting in spite of the almost crass make up of his persona, and as usual the comedy moments only serve as a reminder that we lost a comic talent when the big man passed away.
Uncle Buck, a very safe and enjoyable viewing. 6.5/10