Uncle Buck

  • 12
  • John Hughes (1989)
  • US
  • 95 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This is the movie in which director John Hughes made a decision to leave the world of adolescence behind after films such as The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off and regress into childhood. Despite the fact that this was also the film that unleashed Macaulay Culkin on to the world at large, there is still much to enjoy. John Candy makes the most of his starring role as the lovable slob who is pressed into looking after his brother's children, and Hughes stages some neat comic set pieces. Only the sentimental moralising strikes a false note.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring John Candy and Macaulay Culkin. Buck Russell is a fun-loving bachelor without a care in the world. He's also the world's greatest slob. So when he has to look after his sharp young nephew and nieces while their parents are away, anything can - and will - happen.

Cast and crew


Buck Russell
John Candy
Miles Russell
Macaulay Culkin
Tia Russell
Jean Louisa Kelly
Maizy Russell
Gaby Hoffmann
Chanice Kobolowski
Amy Madigan
Cindy Russell
Elaine Bromka
Bob Russell
Garrett M Brown
Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
Laurie Metcalf
Jay Underwood
E Roger Coswell
Brian Tarantina
Pooter the Clown
Mike Starr
Mrs Hogarth
Suzanne Shepherd


John Hughes

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
May be edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12