When there is an emergency involving Cindy Russell’s family, she and her husband Bob have no one to look after their three children when they have to go out of town. As a last resort Bob calls his brother Buck to come over and watch the kids. Buck (John Candy) hasn’t a job and lives throughout the year on his winnings from dubious scams and kids don’t even know him at all as he is the ‘Black Sheep’ of the family and isn’t ever spoke of. The two youngest Miles (a pre Home Alone Macaulay Culkin) and Maizy immediately fall in love with him as he is basically one big kid. The oldest of the three, Tia is a typical teenager with a big attitude and doesn’t like Buck at all.
Uncle Buck comes to the screen from the mind of John Hughes creator of Ferris Bueller, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Weird Science amongst others and it’s easily his best film. Its hard to believe that John Candy wasn’t first choice for Buck as the role became probably his most famous. Buck may be a bit of a slob and layabout but he is easily most of cinema’s most enduring and loveable creations. The loss of Candy well before his time as well as Hughes himself robbed all of us of no doubt more brilliant pieces of cinema.
To call out any one particular scene would not do the film justice as it is filled to the brim with quotable lines and hilarious characters such as the clown who drives a car like a mouse and the school principal who has an unfortunate blemish on her face.
To put it simply Uncle Buck is my favourite family comedy of all time. It has no equal not even Hughes’ own Home Alone can touch it. It is simply a masterpiece.
- Starring John Candy Jean Louisa Kelly Amy Madigan Macaulay Culkin Gaby Hoffmann
- Directed by John Hughes