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[-[[caption-width-right:300:Who knew Creator/JohnCandy could be so terrifying?]]-]

->''"How would you like to spend the next several nights wondering if your crazy, out-of-work, bum uncle will shave your head while you sleep?"''

What do you get when you have a family emergency, and the only person available to watch the kids is Creator/JohnCandy? You get ''Uncle Buck''.

The title character in this Creator/JohnHughes picture is Buck Russell, a fun-loving, unemployed slob with CommitmentIssues. When his sister-in-law's father has a heart attack, he is [[JumpedAtTheCall called on]] to watch his brother's children, including teenage DeadpanSnarker Tia. HilarityEnsues.

Much of said hilarity comes from Buck's repeated encounters with [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Tia's boyfriend]], Bug. Buck knows Bug is just using her, and pretends to be AxCrazy for Bug's benefit. Tia decides that ThisMeansWar When not trying to save Tia from herself, Buck [[ItMakesSenseInContext cooks giant pancakes, punches out drunken clowns]], and tries to come to terms with working for his girlfriend [[AerithAndBob Chanice]]. All this builds to a [[{{Heartwarming/Film}} Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]] in which Buck must choose between freedom and responsibility. Macaulay Culkin's performance as Tia's little brother will remind many viewers of ''Film/HomeAlone'', and for good reason: it inspired the movie.

Spawned a sequel TV sitcom that premiered in September 1990 on CBS, starring Kevin Meaney as Buck, who becomes guardian of the three children after their parents are killed in a car accident. Panned by critics, it didn't even finish its first season before being cancelled, after airing only 16 of 22 filmed episodes.

!!This film provides examples of:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Miles and Maizy, who take to Buck much more quickly than their older sister, find no end of amusement in him actually being able to talk back to her.
* TheAllegedCar / CoolCar: Buck's jalopy (he calls it "The Beast"), which [[Series/KeepingUpAppearances backfires like clockwork]]. It becomes cool when we see what's in the trunk.
* AmusingInjuries: Golf balls to the head, courtesy of Buck's ImprobableAimingSkills.
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Buck turned out to be right in his assessment of Bug, when he catches him doing this. To a girl that wasn't Tia.]]
* AxCrazy: Buck plays this to the hilt for Bug's benefit.
-->'''Bug:''' Ever heard of a tune-up? Beh-hee-hee-hee-hee!\\
'''Buck:''' Beh-hee-hee-hee-hee! Ever heard of a ritual killing? Beh-hee-hee-hee-hee!\\
'''Bug:''' ''[smirk fades]'' ...I don't get it.\\
'''Buck:''' Gnaw on her face like that in public again, and you'll be one. (''{{beat}}'') Beh-hee-hee-hee-hee!
* AnAxeToGrind: Buck threatens Bug by talking about a hatchet he keeps. Tia thinks he's just bluffing. Buck then takes the hatchet out for them to see.
* BadassLongcoat: Buck's tweed overcoat, perfect for crashing house parties and other CrazyAwesome deeds.
* BaitAndSwitch: Buck drops an expensive plate. Obviously it'll shatter into a million pieces, right? Wrong. It stays in one piece, until Buck whacks it against the piano.
* BeautyMark: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]; the assistant principal's mole is anything but beautiful.
-->'''Buck:''' [[Awesome/UncleBuck Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam.]]
* BedmateReveal: [[spoiler: When Buck bursts in on Bug at the house party, he sees the girl Bug is trying to DateRape is ''not'' Tia.]] [[Awesome/UncleBuck He goes ahead with it anyway.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheSillyOnes: Buck appears at first to be a fat, friendly goof; but mess with his nieces/nephew and you better start quivering...
* BumblingDad: The children's father isn't really in the film enough to qualify either way, but Buck fulfills this trope to a T (for "Trope").
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Tia Russell.
* CharacterTitle
* CheshireCatGrin: Buck wears one when menacing Bug. So creepy, it borders on a SlasherSmile.
* CoolUncle: The basic premise.
* CommitmentIssues: Buck has this in regards to his girlfriend.
* ConstantlyCurious: Miles; see ElephantsChild, below.
* CordonBleughChef: Don't eat Buck's breakfast. Although it's never actually stated that it's ''bad''... Tia turns it down because she's being a bitch, and Miles seems shocked to see something different (an appropriately kidlike reaction). The sole mentioned aspect of it is that he put onions in the scrambled eggs.
** Subverted later with Buck's [[GiantFood awesome pancakes]]!
* CurseCutShort / GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Buck leaves a lengthy message on Chanice's answering machine describing their private nicknames for her breasts, and her buttocks, and then...
-->"Felix was what we called your--" *SmashCut to a [[CountryMatters yowling cat]]*
* DateRapeAverted: Skirting a fine line between rape and seduction, but she clearly tells him to stop and he flat-out ignores her.
** [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Suggested to not be the case]] for Tia. The film never comes right out and says it, but it's heavily [[ImpliedTrope implied]] that Bug did the same thing to her and then tossed her aside like so much garbage. Alternatively, given she brushes off his advances earlier, he broke up with her because she wouldn't have sex with him]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Tia has made this her hobby. Buck comes a close second.
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler:Tia at the end.]]
* ElephantsChild: Miles indulges in a motormouth spree of questions about Buck the instant he arrives, culminating in Buck asking him what his record is for consecutive questions asked; Miles replies ''thirty-eight''.
* EmotionlessGirl: Tia presents herself at this, and talks to everyone in an overly aloof tone, but isn't above being overly petty with her younger siblings, mouthing off at her mother and Buck, and clearly being frustrated at leaving her life in Indianapolis behind. Despite this, it's still daunting to see her break down when Buck finds her late in the film.
* ExplodingCloset: Variant: Just opening the door doesn't do it, but when Buck reaches for something ''inside'' the closet the typical avalanche ensues.
* FreudianSlip: It's really hard to talk to that vice principal without mentioning her... Well...
-->"I'm Buck Melanoma, Moley Russel's Wart. .... Not her wart, I'm the wart. She's my tumor. My growth. My pimple."
* FreudianThreat: While not explicitly mentioned, [[spoiler:Tia]] menacing [[spoiler:a helpless Bug]] with a power drill can be this for viewers who picked up on the [[ImpliedTrope implied]] [[spoiler:DateRape]] plot point.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Buck's the foolish to Bob's responsible.
* GentleGiant: Comes with being played by JohnCandy Sure, he's pretty scary if you're a heartless educator or an inebriated party clown or a punk, but just watch the scene where Buck tries to convince Maizy she can't sleep in his bed. D'awwwwww.
* GiantFood: For Miles's birthday, Buck makes a stack of pancakes which are nearly three feet in diameter for breakfast, and has to use a ''snow shovel'' to flip them!
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Played with. Buck's cigars make him look almost like he'd be a bad guy, but he's awesome.
* GroinAttack: Buck threatens Bug with this in a ''very'' roundabout way, while showing off his [[AnAxeToGrind hatchet]].
-->"Why, I've been known to circumcise a gnat. You're not a gnat, are you, Bug? [[MeaningfulName Bug. Gnat. Is there a similarity there?]] I think there is!"
* HardHead: Bowling balls just bounce right off.
* IgnoreTheDisability: Buck introducing himself as "Buck Melanoma, Moley Russell's wart." See BeautyMark, above.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Buck hits a five wood in the dark while wearing an overcoat and still manages to hit Bug in the head from 30 yards away.
* InsultBackfire
-->'''Tia:''' His name is Bug.\\
'''Buck:''' What's his last name, Spray?\\
'''Tia:''' You should talk, ''Buck''.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Try not to bob your head along to Buck's, especially the nice long section of it you get as he walks into the elementary school. I dare you.
* MaliciousSlander: Tia resorts to this, preying on her absent mother's dislike of Buck, as payback for Buck interfering with her social life.
* MeaningfulName: Bug. He scurries away when the light comes on, and if you saw him on your floor you'd probably step on him.
* MonsterClown: A mild example; more of a thoroughly soused, foul-mouthed clown. Not that it keeps Buck from kicking his ass.
* NiceHat: Buck has a few.
* NoodleIncident:
** "I want to apologize about your bushes. I had no idea that they would all catch on fire like that."
** "A lot of people hate this hat. It angers a lot of people, just the sight of it. Ah, I'll tell you a story about that on the way to school." Unfortunately we don't get to hear the story.
** The hat he was wearing was a leather Ushanka, which is associated with Russia (at the time of filming, the Soviet Union), so it's not hard to see why people didn't like it, but we never get to hear why someone like Buck would wear it.
** It's clear that at one point Buck had a good relationship with his family. It's never revealed what happened to destroy it.
* NotSoDifferent: Buck admits he was just like Bug in his youth, and the two have extremely similar names.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Buck is just trying to fix the washing machine, but it doesn't look (or sound) like that to the nosey neighbor. She mistakes him for a rapist.
* OverlyLongGag: When Miles "questions" Buck when they first meet. This is a ''portion'' of the conversation, that takes about five minutes:
-->'''Miles''': Are you married?
-->'''Buck''': No.
-->'''Miles''': Why not?
-->'''Buck''': It's a long story.
-->'''Miles''': Do you have any kids?
-->'''Buck''': No.
-->'''Miles''': Why not?
-->'''Buck''': It's an even longer story.
* PapaWolf: Buck is this to all of the kids, but especially Tia.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Buck trying to fix the washing machine by kicking it, all the while [[ClusterFBomb swearing a blue streak]].
* PrecisionFStrike: When Buck knocks the pots and pans down at the end. [[spoiler: SHIT!]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Buck chewing out the assistant principal.
* SlasherSmile: Just look at the picture, for God's sake.
* TalkToTheFist: Happens when Buck punches a clown in the face (''twice in succession''). The clown had it coming, though, for showing up drunk and belligerent when he was supposed to be entertaining at Miles' birthday party.
* TookALevelInKindness: Tia, during the final act of the film.
* TwerpSweating: Buck is ''very'' good at scaring the hell out of Bug.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: What does Tia see in Bug, anyway? Somewhat justified in that AllGirlsWantBadBoys and she's rebelling against her parents.