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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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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