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VINE VOICEon 20 February 2011
John Candy is Buck Russell, a character very similar to Del Griffith from Planes, Trains & Automobiles. It's not surprising since John Hughes is the writer, producer and director of both films. Buck is a simple man with simple pleasures. He likes his freedom, his leisure time, and his bowling. He has a girlfriend who desperately wants him to grow up but...he can't be bothered.

But when Buck is called to the wintry, affluent suburbs to look after his brother's kids for a couple of weeks (much to his sister-in-law's horror) he learns what it's like to be a responsible adult and does surprisingly well with his extended babysitting chore (in his own unique way).

Uncle Buck was Candy's fourth (of five) collaboration with Hughes and the role is clearly tailor-made for him. He may be a slob, and the underdog, but he's the kind of relative you'll all wish you had. The comedy is underplayed and quiet, and the drama involving without being overbearing. It's all just easy-going entertainment that's perfect for brightening up a dull afternoon, and yet another reminder that Hollywood lost someone very special in March 1994.

The Blu Ray looks great in 1080p 1.85:1 widescreen, but Universal have given us a lossy, DVD quality Dolby 2.0 soundtrack. This is unacceptable. Consumers buy Blu Rays for HD picture AND sound! There are no features other than Universal U-Control.

It's insane to think that the BBFC originally rated this 15, when the MPAA gave it a PG rating.
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VINE VOICEon 29 December 2008
You know what it's like, you're invited somewhere cool and you've got no one to look after the little ones? All your friends are going, and you don't have someone to look after junior, so what do you do? Call a baby sitter? No, usually it's your brother, or sister, and this is what Uncle Buck is all about.

When a family member has a heart attack, Buck Russell (John Candy - Planes, Trains & Automobiles [1987], Brewster's Millions [1985]) has to look after the kids; Tia, a moody teen who really hates everyone except her lover Bug; little Maizy who's a dreamboat, and Miles (Macaulay Culkin - Home Alone [1990]) with his funny expressions, in the suburbs.

Buck isn't really that treasured by the family, he's considered the slow one, he's been on-and-off with his girlfriend Chanice and hasn't had a proper job in ages. He lives on big wins on the horses and doesn't really care about much else - some would say he's a slob.

We see Buck doing the usual crazy things which makes Tia cringe, insulting a teacher, and even cooking clothes, but at the bottom of his heart, he cares for the kids and doesn't want anything bad happening to them.

This is good family comedy, with John Hughes' humour coming out in every scene. John Candy is perfect in this - he's jovial attitude and his humour shine here like a beacon on film comedy. Even the supporting cast really make this a treat - and the music is good too, with Tone Loc, Young MC and some classics from the 60s thrown in.

This DVD is far from being packed with extras which is a pity, but the sound quality and picture are very good and make this a great DVD to revisit from time to time. It's a shame there's not more featuettes or even a gag reel, that would have been brilliant.

Well worth buying, good fun for everyone all year round.
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on 23 May 2013
A great film to be enjoyed time and again, brings a message of decency along with misguided intentions...however you view it, it's sure to raise a smile and leave you thinking that ...hey, the worlds not such a bad place after all....go ahead and treat yourself...why not?
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on 5 November 2012
This is a great family film, quite similar to Home Alone in terms of the feel you get off it, but not the same storyline at all. John Candy as the fun loving Uncle Buck is just as you would expect him to be- funny as hell, especially the scene with the clown! And Macaulay Culkin stars as the young nephew of Bucks- Miles, who has a rather annoying older sister who seems to dislike her uncle right from the off, but it all ends well. Worthwhile to know John Hughes casted Macaulay Culkin in this with Home Alone in the back of his head so if Macaulay never played a part in this movie then who knows what Home Alone would have ended up like. Uncle Buck is just great, i love it, Another childhood classic to add to the collection!.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 February 2014
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
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on 4 January 2013
If you have read my other reviews you will know i am a fan so this one will come as no surprise. If you haven't seen it buy it KNOW! Absolutely hilarious and probably his best. Very highly recommended!
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on 15 August 2011
John Candy is excellent as the bumbling Uncle Buck who means well but always seems to get it wrong. A very young Macaulay Culkin gives an excellent performance as a young nephew that John Candy's character is sent to babysit. Great laughs from one of the best comedy actors there was.
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on 12 November 2014
A film that I can watch over and over again and enjoy it every time. John Candy is brilliant as the title character, who has been asked to babysit his brother's three children whilst he and his wife visit her father who has been taken ill with a heart attack. Buck Russell is seen as a last choice as he leaves a bachelor lifestyle and has no idea how to run a home. Along the way, Buck is presented with many challenges - things that seem normal tasks to us seem to catch Buck off-guard but the way he deals with things is great. The children themselves present their own set of challenges. Miles and Maizy take to their crazy uncle quickly but are a handful, whilst 15-year-old Tia sees Buck as a source of embarrassment.

It is funny, but also heartwarming as you see Buck go on a journey discovering the joys of families and the other characters learn to accept Buck. I first saw this when I was about 12/13, I think I first saw a version on TV that was slightly edited to make it a bit more suitable for family viewing (the DVD itself is a 12 certificate) but it is a DVD I got for myself some time down the line. A great film.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 November 2014
Well, what can you say about 'Uncle Buck'?, I still haven't met anybody out there who has a negative word to say about it. This 1989 chestnut is great fun for all the family to enjoy, and as well as demonstrating what a fine actor John Candy is, there's also plenty of airtime for the wonderful Macaulay Culkin in one of his earliest film roles.

John stars as the eccentric but kind-natured bachelor Uncle Buck, who isn't the type of man that you would happily let look after you're children whilst you're away, but babysitter is exactly the role that he find himself carrying out. Despite early reservations, Uncle Buck does manage to win himself over to the kids in this consistently funny, and heart-warming flick.

An original movie that will never lose it's harmless charm and appeal.
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I would have to say that John Hughes is perhaps one of the most under-rated directors of his time. Indeed, most of his work was only done around the 80's/early 90's period, but rarely do people associate with his films.
Uncle Buck, to me, bonds so strongly with 1 of Hughes' other films 'Trains Planes and Automobiles' (yet another under-rated classic) in that it captures all the essences of a meaningful film.
The plot is straight-forward - 'Uncle Buck', a real down town bum with a job at a local tyre shop, is given the call to babysit his brothers children after him and his wife need to rush to see an ill family member. The warm hearted Buck instantly bonds with his 2 younger nieces, no older than 5, but struggles to get along with 15 year old Tia; a stuck up brat who only thinks of herself.
Rather smoothly, this has obviously been given a vital role in the film. Anyone can make a film about a babysitter who would be the last person to call! But instead of focusing purely on comedy, the film has been given the 'Hughes' treatment, thus is covers some touching issues, like the growing up of teenagers. And for this, its capture perfectly - Tia just wants her independence, she's cheeky to her parents, and just wants to be with her 'odd' boy-friend. And just like in real-life (at least to my experience..) the end of the film see's her mature and make amends with Buck once she realises he was right all along about what he said...
Macauly Culkin (what a name!) stars in this too as Miles, and what a bright young actor he was for his age, who just doesn't stop giving you laughs with his funny facial expressions. Funniest moment? Bucks impersonation of of Tia's boy-friend when he laughs at his heap-of-a junk car.
This is a fantastic film not to be missed around the Christmas period. John Candy was a legend of his time and is sadly missed today for his warm and simple humour.
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