Buck Russell: [Staring at it] I’m Buck Melanoma. Moley Russell’s wart. Not her wart. Not her wart! I’m… I’m the wart. She’s my tumor. My… my growth. My… uh, my pimple. I’m Uncle Wart. Just old Buck "Wart" Russell. That’s what they call me, or Melanoma Head. They’ll call me that. "Melanoma Head’s coming." I’m s… uncle! Maisy Russell’s uncle!
Uncle Buck is one of those movies that whenever it’s on TV, you sit down and watch it. For years it’s been that way. One day, I managed to catch it on HBO instead of TNT. Suddenly I realized how much I’d been missing from the original, because of all the edits. Edits for time, and more importantly, edits for content. A well placed “shit” in a movie can really be a nice comedic hook. It’s the way people talk.
So I added it to our recent Netflix queue, and just got it a few days ago. Laughed my ass off the entire time. There’s a scene early on with Macaulay Culkin in which he discuss dog balls with his uncle. I’d forgotten that scene actually existed.
Did John Hughes just retire to spend all his money, or did he fall in a ditch and die somewhere?
Review: Still 4 stars after all these years.