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Uncle Buck

children & family, comedy

John Candy stars in this John Hughes comedy as an idle, good-natured bachelor who's left in charge of his nephew and nieces during a family crisis.

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PAUSE for kids age 11
Positive messages
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

The Candy man can make this iffy movie taste good.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the swearing in this movie is pretty intense for a PG film, and there is attempted teen sex (nothing explicitly shown, but no doubt what's going on) and a mistaken belief that adult sex has taken place. Buck pretends to be psychotic, capable of torture-murder and mutilation with power tools, as he intimidates a grubby boy trying to get intimate with his niece. Buck also indulges in drinking, smoking, and gambling.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the conflicts between the various characters. Do you think Buck could have handled bad-girl Tia in a more productive way? Do you believe the way the story comes out? Has Buck himself grown up a little by the end? What do you think will happen between him and Chanice?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Very cute comedy starring the late great John Candy at his most huggable best.

- Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

I'm one of the few people that didn't catch this first time round it seems so I don't harbour any fond memories and let them effect my judgement. I do however, love John Candy and really miss him so it was great to see him in a role I hadn't before. I guess I just didn't get it, it's a film about a nice guy, who does a nice favour but everyone dislikes him. It's not as well executed as some of Hughes's other films. It's a bit dated too, it has that 80's charm but it's not one of the classics. I did like the bit where the clown got punched though!

- SirPant, Thursday, April 15, 2010

3 stars

He's crude. He's crass. He's family.

- ScoopOnline, Sunday, December 13, 2009

4 stars

There isn't really much to be said about Uncle Buck. It is very good but it is a simple little film, one of those nice films to watch on a Sunday afternoon without having to rack your brain or think too hard. The late John Candy excels here as Buck Russell who at first glance is a slob and without much going for him. However, as the film goes on, we learn that Uncle Buck does indeed have a heart. The film really is about a guy who looks like the type of man you would keep your family away from but who is in fact a guy with a heart of gold. I recommend Uncle Buck to anyone who fancies watching a nice simple little film for the whole family to enjoy. And watch out for the scene with the drunken clown on the doorstep!

- stopitgoaway, Saturday, August 8, 2009