Film Review – Uncle Buck (1989)

Cast: John Candy, Amy Madigan, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Macaulay Culkin, Jay Underwood, Laurie Metcalf, Garrett M. Brown, Elaine Bromka.


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.

Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles (a pre Home Alone Macaulay Culkin) and Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry. But his carefree style doesn’t impress everyone, including Tia (Jean Kelly), his rebellious teenage niece, and Chanice (Amy Madigan), his impatient girlfriend.

Tia Russell: “Hey, Mom. Next time you take off in the middle of the night, why don’t you hire a murderer to watch the house?”

Uncle Buck is the last person you’d think of to watch the kids. But with a little luck and a lot of love, he manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy.


This film classic just about sneaks into the 80s and like many of John Hughes films of the same era as aged well. My personal favourites being Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller’s day off.

The classic one-liners and laugh out loud moments and those subtle, or maybe not so when it comes to the washing machine scene, moments that fly over the younger heads with their adult humour.

The film is rated 12 which I think is appreciate as there is swearing and a lot of teen kissing that at the tender age of eight is just gross as so will be a few more years yet until I can introduce my son to the classics from John Hughes.

Still a great family movie that many may not have seen in a while. With so many national and local restrictions in place at the moment, why not treat the family to a movie night, 80s style.

Comedy | USA, 1989 | PG | 28th September 2020 (UK) | Blu-Ray, DVD | Fabulous Films | Dir.John Hughes