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Uncle Buck

As played by the late John Candy, Buck Russell is the title character of the now much-loved 1989 film “Uncle Buck”.

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The cast in a promo photo for the 1989 film “Uncle Buck”

The cast in a promo photo for the 1989 film “Uncle Buck”

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The trailer for Uncle Buck

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Buck: I don’t think I want to know a six-year-old who isn’t a dreamer or a sillyheart. And I sure don’t want to know one who takes their student career seriously. I don’t have a college degree. I don’t even have a job. But I know a good kid when I see one. Because they’re all good kids — until dried-out, brain-dead skags like you drag them down and convince them they’re no good. You so much as scowl at my niece, or any other kid in this school, and I hear about it, and I’m coming looking for you!

Very awesome speech right there. I like it. :) Plus, Buck had a point there; kids aren’t born bad. Instead, they’re usually good kids — until people like the assistant principal in the movie drag them down and convince them that they are no good.

About Uncle Buck

Buck Russell is not the most reliable and trustworthy person around, and when Cindy Russell (his sister-in-law) and Bob Russell (his brother) use him as a last resort to babysit their children Miles, Maizy and Tia (who is a rebellious 16-year-old), Buck agrees to fill in while Cindy and Bob go to Indianapolis to visit Cindy's ill father. While over at the house, Buck does his usual routines, including going to smoky bowling alleys and smoking cigars. Yet, the longer and longer he is around with Miles and Maizy, and the more he witnesses Tia slowly get seduced by her boyfriend Bug, Buck learns lessons in responsibility, and that there’s more to life than just being an eligible bachelor and having fun.

Bob Russell (Brown), his wife Cindy (Bromka), and their three kids — Tia (Kelly), Miles (Culkin), and Maizy (Hoffmann) — have recently moved from Indianapolis to the Chicago suburbs because of Bob's promotion. Tia resents her parents for the move.

Late one night, Cindy and Bob receive a phone call from Indianapolis, informing them that Cindy’s father has suffered a heart attack. The couple makes plans to leave Chicago immediately to be with him. After hearing the news, Tia accuses Cindy of abandoning her own father.

Bob suggests asking his brother Buck (Candy) to come watch the children. Cindy takes a disliking to the idea. While Bob and Cindy are upper middle class suburbanites, Buck is unemployed, lives in an apartment in Chicago and earns his living by betting on rigged horse races, and his girlfriend, Chanice (Madigan), owns a car repair business. However, Bob and Cindy soon discover that no one else is available to help them; as a result, they have no choice but to turn to Buck, who agrees to help.

Buck hits it off with Miles and Maizy, but Tia is suspicious, and the two engage in a battle of wills. When Buck meets Tia’s boyfriend Bug (Underwood) he warns his niece that Bug is only interested in her for sex (as per his remark of “The guy’s a predator, and you’re his prey”). Whenever Tia is with Bug, Buck repeatedly thwarts her plans. Over the next several days, Buck deals with a number of situations, including taking the kids to his favorite bowling alley, making over-sized pancakes for Miles' birthday, dealing with a drunk clown, and speaking with the assistant principal about Maizy while at Maizy’s school.

When Buck threatens Bug with a hatchet, Tia makes Buck’s girlfriend think that he is cheating on her with their neighbor (Metcalf). Concerned after Tia sneaks away to a party, Buck changes his mind about going to a horse race, and decides to go looking for Tia instead.

Once Buck gets to the party, he goes upstairs. Thinking Bug is taking advantage of Tia in a bedroom, he forces the door open, but walks in on Bug with another girl (thus implying that Tia had already left using her now better discernment). Buck ties up Bug and throws him into the trunk of his car. After finding Tia (who admits to Buck that he had been right about Bug the whole time), Buck lets Bug out of the trunk to apologize to Tia. When he is finally released, Bug takes back the apology and flees. Buck then begins striking him with golf balls. When Cindy and Bob return, Tia and Cindy resolve their issues. Buck then returns to Chicago along with Chanice.

In conclusion, the film Uncle Buck is a great film to watch, as well as be inspired by. And John Candy (who passed away in 1994) did an awesome job bringing Buck to life. Buck was the uncle most of us wish we had growing up: willing to stick up for those who couldn’t do it themselves, and also sensing when there wasn’t something right about a person, as well as knowing a good kid when he saw one. He definitely had something special in him — that’s for sure.

We miss you, John. Make God laugh. :’)

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