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YMMV: Uncle Buck
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Miles' inexplicable view of three intimidating guys through the mail slot.
    • It's Shenise's purse.
    • Maisie's seemingly normal teacher, who suddenly screams "BLASPHEMER!", like some sort of religious maniac, after she uses the expression "God-damn", quoting her uncle.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Miles Russell, since his scene at the mail slot was the inspiration for the Home Alone films.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hey, Buck's nephew is Kevin McAllister, and his younger niece is Samantha Albertson!
  • Wangst: A lot of Tia's behavior, especially towards Buck, until the end.
  • The Woobie: Buck never does anything in the movie or in the backstory to justify the obvious contempt in which he is held by his entire family. Indeed, everything he does indicates that he is at heart an intelligent, caring man who simply acts unusual in response to being treated like a pariah.
    • Moresoever, his unusual behavior consistently proves necessary to prevent the disastrous consequences of him being ignored- up to and including an attempted rape which he clearly saw coming.
    • While Buck wasn't exactly living a very good lifestyle... among other things, his only income was gambling (apparently also involving fixed horse races), the fact that his sister-in-law treats this like he was some sort of low-life criminal mugging people at gunpoint reflects much worse on her than it does on Buck... as does the fact that his own brother never stands up for him.
    • Tia is a Jerkass Woobie, extremely harsh and critical to everyone around her, especially Buck, but is extremely depressed, bordering on clinical.

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