Sometimes the person you least expect to come through for you happens to be the one that really makes it in a pinch. This film is about family and how sometimes, even the unlikeliest of people can make a difference in your life.
Todays Key Movie:
When Bob and Cindy Russell have a last minute emergency, they are forced to call upon Bob’s unemployed brother, Buck (played by John Candy) to watch their three kids and their home while they’re away. The problem is, the kids are not so…receptive. Also Starring Macaulay Culkin, Gaby Hoffman and Jean Louisa Kelly, this is the story of a black sheep who is trying to make good for his family and the journey he takes doing so.
Why this movie?
As I discussed in my review of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, I love John Candy and I really like John Hughes films. This is one of Hughes lesser known films but still among the greatest. John Candy does an incredible job balancing the creepy uncle with the caring family member. He genuinely cares about his extended family but, as he has never had kids of his own, he only has his street smarts to work with. This, of course, causes some animosity with the eldest sibling, Tia (played by Jean Louisa Kelly) and she soon learns that even tough love from a difficult family member is better than no love at all.
This is also the film that inspired the classic film, Home Alone. According to Mental Floss, one scene from this film in particular was the inspiration to the very movie that launched Culkin into stardom.
Okay, you like this film, but is it really a ‘good film’?
This is a film that fires on all cylinders. Great writing and directing from John Hughes, terrific acting from all of the cast. The children in this film do an amazing job and really nail the parts. It is rare to see a film where the child actors get a chance to actually act like children, but Hughes has always had an uncanny ability to bring only the best from the various actors he has directed.
This is one of those timeless films that captures the era beautifully but can be enjoyed no matter what the year. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a fun family comedy. You can’t go wrong with Hughes, and when Candy is involved, you get a slam dunk.
OK, where do I get this movie?
This is one you can find pretty much anywhere movies are sold. There is a terrific edition that comes with Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors and Going Berserk for only $10. If you want a fun set of John Candy magic, you can’t get much better than that.
Of course you can find this bad boy streaming as well, so it is really up to you. No matter how you see it, it is really worth it.
And of course, the trailer:
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Late To The Game 4/23/2019 (Originally published 5/17/2018)