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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Candy At His Comic Best!

    If anyone were to ask me what film in John Candy's illustrious career was his defining moment, I would have to say without hesitation that it was 'Uncle Buck'. Hughes & Candy had worked together before on 4 other projects (National Lampoon's Vacation, Planes Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors and She's Having A Baby), but in my mind it wasn't until this project that they nailed it right on the head. This was a combination that worked with very satisfying results. John Candy plays the role of Buck Russell, a lovable, good-natured bachelor who has been able to dodge and avoid responsibility on any level for most of his life. He finds himself thrust into suburban life however when his brother, Bob (G.Mac Brown - Zelig and Lucas), asks him to watch his estranged nephew and 2 nieces while he and his wife need to leave town due to a family emergency. With an ever patient girlfriend (Amy Madigan - The Day After, Streets Of Fire, Field Of Dreams & The Dark Half) that he has been stringing along for years, a rebellious teenage niece Tia (Jean Kelly - Mr. Holland's Opus & TV's Yes, Dear), and his younger relatives Miles (Macaulay Culkin - Home Alone & Home Alone 2) and Maizy (Gaby Hoffman - Field Of Dreams, Sleepless In Seattle & Volcano), not to mention the 'frosty' neighbor, who longs for some attention (Laurie Metcalf - Scream 2 and TV's Roseanne)...the ensuing results are often times hilarious, yet centered on family values and unity. While doing his best to safeguard his brother's family, namely that of protecting Tia from her worthless boyfriend who only has one thing on his mind, and keep from losing his girlfriend who is at the end of her rope...he finds that he has outgrown his bachelor ways. In a scene where he comes to grips with himself, he shares a beer with the family dog, Percy, and admits 'People used to say to me all the time...Buck, you got it made! No wife, no kids, no job, no desk and no boss to answer to. And they were right...I did have it made.' Then Bucks pauses a minute and continues...'Nobody says that to me anymore.' He finds himself along the way, in what would become a milestone in everyone's life around him, including his own. I highly recommend this film to anyone who not only hasn't seen it, but has! With John Candy's unmistable original comedic style tempered with real family issues, this is what I would call the best film of John Candy's career. A must-see!

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