Movie Mugs – Uncle Buck

20 Feb

It’s John Hughes week with Mug Shots! All week, we’ll be posing mug shots from various beloved 80’s and 90’s John Hughes classics.

Uncle Buck will kick things off. Not long after the Russel family is uprooted for dad’s job and moves from Indianapolis to Chicago, tragedy strikes and Grandpa has a heart attack. While Mom and Pops head back to deal with the family strife, Uncle Buck steps up to the plate and heads out to the suburbs to look after the three Russell kiddos. Tia (the resentful teenager) greets her estranged uncle with a sour puss and a “too cool for school” attitude. She even tried to impress her elder by sipping a cup of coffee before heading off to school. She’s not the only problem child, though. Two rugrats (a super young Gaby Hoffmann and Macaulay Culkin) round out the rest of the clan. Even at the 8-10 year-old age portrayal, the kids are a handful. Miles (Culkin) and Buck have quite the fast-talking adult speed conversation. It’s cute. It’s endearing. It’s hilarious. It wears us out.

Miles: Where do you live?
Buck: In the city.
Miles: You have a house?
Buck: Apartment.
Miles: Own or rent?
Buck: Rent.
Miles: What do you do for a living?
Buck: Lots of things.
Miles: Where’s your office?
Buck: I don’t have one.
Miles: How come?
Buck: I don’t need one.
Miles: Where’s your wife?
Buck: Don’t have one.
Miles: How come?
Buck: It’s a long story.
Miles: You have kids?
Buck: No I don’t.
Miles: How come?
Buck: It’s an even longer story.
Miles: Are you my Dad’s brother?
Buck: What’s your record for consecutive questions asked?
Miles: 38.
Buck: I’m your Dad’s brother alright.
Miles: You have much more hair in your nose than my Dad.
Buck: How nice of you to notice.
Miles: I’m a kid – that’s my job.


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