John Hughes remembered: UNCLE BUCK

Chase Whale

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August 9th, 2009

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There is only one guy in the history of cinema that could make two films about men doing the unthinkable (i.e. watching over kids and doing everyday house chores) work, and work well. That guy's name was John Hughes, and those two films were MR. MOM and UNCLE BUCK. With UNCLE BUCK starring John Candy, the latter reigns supreme in my heart. Not only did Hughes make successful films about male babysitting, those films also showed men that it's okay to get their hands dirty by doing the dishes and folding laundry.

One thing John Hughes was brilliant at was casting. It's very easy to destroy a film with the wrong actor or actress. Not sure how many people know this (to be honest with you, I read it off IMDb), but Danny DeVito was first considered for the role of UNCLE BUCK. I love Mr. DeVito, and he's great in all his performances, but he just doesn't carry that charm that John Candy brought to the table. John was the guy that could pull off being lovable, intimidating, scary, and funny in the same exact scene. He was the guy I just wanted to bear hug as a child. If he were still alive today, I'd do everything in my power to try to meet him. He was that cool.

I remember seeing UNCLE BUCK for the first time. It was on VHS because I couldn't drive to the theater to see it. To be fair, I was only eight. Anyway, I watched UNCLE BUCK a lot. I mean, A LOT. There's just something so fascinating about a grown man, who you wouldn't want to bring home to the 'rents, who ends up on top and becoming our hero.

Here are some of the things I picked up from UNCLE BUCK:
-I'm not alone when it comes to clogging the toilet. Should I ever venture into plunger-making and getting rich, I owe it all to the Johns.
-John Candy should have opened a breakfast diner. Did you see the size of those damn pancakes?
-Watching John Candy's exit scene with "Wild Thing" playing overhead after verbally destroying a hard-nosed principal's pride is fucking awesome.

To finish, here's my favorite scene from UNCLE BUCK, which is one of the most brilliant scenes of all time. RIP John Candy. RIP John Hughes.

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