I have watched Uncle Buck at least ten times. Usually when I see it, I’m flipping through the channels on my television set and I see John Candy making a giant pancake on a griddle and flipping it over with a snow shovel. From that point on, ladies and gentlemen, I am hooked. I have to watch the movie. I don’t care if it’s half-way through. I don’t care if it’ll be over in ten minutes. Uncle Buck is worth my time over an episode of I Love Money or Gossip Girl. One day, I was at my favorite North Carolinian used book/DVD store, Ed McKay, and I found Uncle Buck for $5. $5! WHAT A STEAL! I think everyone should own this movie, and here’s why.
1) Take a moment, reader, and look at your DVD library right now. How many of those movies could you show to your entire family? Two? Three? Kindergarten Cop doesn’t count. Uncle Buck is an excellent family film. It’s a little bit on the racy side sometimes. At one point, little Maizy (played by Gaby Hoffman, the same little girl who was the little boy’s best friend in Sleepless in Seattle – she’s SO adorable!) says “I bet she’s getting the tongue” when referring to her older sister’s snogfest), [Editor’s note: There’s a blatant “pussy/cat” joke in this film. Izzy’s rose-tinted glasses failed to notice that…] but I think most parents would still approve of the humor and content of the movie.
2. JOHN CANDY IS HILARIOUS! He is! I mean, come on. Cool Runnings? Canadian Bacon? Home Alone 2? The guy is a comical genius! Okay, so maybe he’s not funny in the comedy circles that we revolve in today. He’s no Jon Stewart. He’s no…Dane Cook, but hey, he’s a funny guy. He’s quirky, and loveable, and when you watch Uncle Buck, you are going to WISH that you had John Candy for an uncle. Or for a father. Man, he’d make a great dad. I was thinking last night about how badly I would’ve liked it if John Candy were my father. Of course he’s dead now, so that’s no longer applicable, but maybe if I were his daughter I would’ve encouraged him to eat a salad over spaghetti the night of his food overdose 🙂
3. If you’re not watching Uncle Buck with the family, you can turn it into a drinking game! Here are my proposed rules to my Unofficial Uncle Buck Drinking Game (or UUBDG): 1) Drink whenever Tia (UB’s 15 year old bitchy niece) scowls at anyone. 2) Drink when Miles, UB’s nephew (played by Macaulay Culkin in his pre-Home Alone days, so cute!) says something inappropriate. 3) Drink whenever you see Buck smoking a cigar. 4) Drink whenever you hear anachronistic slang (like, bite me!) 5) Drink every time Buck does a daily task in an inappropriate manner (i.e. microwaving socks or feeding the dog beer). 6) Drink every time Buck’s car explodes. Of course, you can always add your own rules, but those should get you good ‘n sauced up before the end of the movie.
4) Nowadays, in order for a film to be considered good, it needs to be complicated and meaningful and usually the ending has to be unexpected and unhappy. Well, not with Uncle Buck. You know that everything’s gonna be okay in the end. And you know what, I take comfort in that. You can just relax and enjoy the action, knowing full well that you’ll get your happy ending (and I mean that in the literal sense, not in the Chinese Massage Parlor way…)
5) You gotta love the 80s. Yes, UB was made in 1989, so that’s basically the 90s, but hey, the slang, the wardrobes, the plot, the actors, everything about this film is so 80s. If you’re having an 80s night and want to wind down the evening, play this film. It’s guaranteed to please all audiences.
So maybe I’m a little biased towards Uncle Buck because I’ve been watching it since I was a kid and I’m a big John Candy fan, but nevertheless, I think this movie is worth your time. ‘Course it’s not the GREATEST film ever, obviously, but it’s enjoyable. It’s cute. It’s like a stuffed animal. That’s the only way I can describe it. Basically, if you’re looking for a light, cuddly comedy with a few laughs from the late 80s, Uncle Buck’s your film.