Monday, May 01, 2006

Get in your mouse, and get out of here!

Uncle Buck is one of those quintessential 80’s movies of everyone’s childhood that they love and adore and still love to watch today. And like most quintessential 80’s movies, one that I missed out on. (Just in case you’re wondering: I also missed out on Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, didn’t see Ferris Buellers’ Day Off until I was at least 16, and have yet to see any of the StarWars, Jaws, or Rambo movies.) The film’s been referenced to so often in my life (my dad goes by Buck… don’t ask) that I finally decided to see it. The fact that John Candy and Macaulay Culkin (pre-early marriage and nasty divorce, and as it would have it pre-Home Alone as well… that I did see) both star in the film definitely doesn’t hurt it. John Candy plays a sleazy bachelor who is called upon by his brother to watch his nieces and nephew after his sister-in-law’s father has a heart attack. The youngster kids immediately take to his “charm,” but the older, more rebellious Tia played by Jean Louisa Kelly takes a while to warm up to him, especially when drama ensues as Uncle Buck immediately recognizes that her boyfriend, Bug, is also a sleazeball and only using her for sex. By the end of the movie, Uncle Buck has won Tia’s heart, saved her from a bad relationships, and even helped her and her mother’s relationship. All in all, the movie was good, but a classic? Maybe after I watch it enough to start quoting it like everyone else.

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

Star Wars and Rambo, OK, you can miss them, but JAWS?

You gotta see Jaws. It's a good Spielberg film. Meaning it is not War of the Worlds.