Parents' Guide to

Uncle Buck

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

'80s comedy about a bachelor babysitter has profanity, sex.

Movie PG 1989 100 minutes
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (40 ):

In Uncle Buck, John Hughes has created a likable hero who exhibits both the virtues and the drawbacks of acting like a big kid. The benefits outweigh the negatives, though -- or at least that's the case Hughes tries to make. As he did in Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club, Hughes makes it seem like class structure in America is just as divisive as the dukedoms and commoners in Jane Austen's backyard.

And, when Buck agrees to watch the kids, it not only helps him avoid a job Chanice lined up for him, but it's also supposed to prove to her that he can be a responsible parent-like figure in spite of himself. There's enough slapstick and falling-down stuff with Candy acting goofy to please viewers not looking for heavy stuff, and the acting is all on target.

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