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Uncle Buck is a 1989 comedy-drama starring John Candy, Amy Madigan, Jean Louisa Kelly and Gaby Hoffmann, and co-stars Macaulay Culkin, Jay Underwood and Laurie Metcalf. William Windom, Mike Starr and Anna Chlumsky have cameo roles. The movie was written and directed by John Hughes. It received a PG rating from the MPAA and a 12 rating from the BBFC.

Bob Russell (Garrett M. Brown), his wife Cindy (Elaine Bromka), and their three kids, 8-year old Miles (Macaulay Culkin), 6-year old Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) and 15-year-old Tia (Jean Kelly), recently moved from Indianapolis to Chicago. Tia resents her parents because she feels everyone was happy enough where they were already living.

Bob and Cindy are in bed one night when Cindy's aunt calls, telling them that Cindy's father has had a heart attack. Bob and Cindy immediately make plans to go to Indianapolis to visit Cindy's father. Upon being told the news, Tia angrily states that "If my whole family moved away from me, I'd have a heart attack too", and slams the door in her mother's face.

Bob and Cindy decide that the children need a babysitter. They choose Bob's brother Buck (John Candy), even though Cindy objects, saying that Buck is a sloppy guy who doesn't know how to do anything.

Cindy and Bob leave for Indianapolis, leaving 'Uncle Buck' in charge. Buck does the best he can; Miles and Maizy come to love him, but he still has problems with the rebellious Tia, as well as Chanice Kobolowski (Amy Madigan), his girlfriend for the past 8 years.

Buck meets Tia's boyfriend, Bug (Jay Underwood), and sees that he is clearly trying to seduce her. When Buck scares Bug away from her with a hatchet he claimed he wanted to show him (proclaiming to be so proficient with the weapon he's been known to "circumcise a gnat"), an infuriated Tia gets revenge by making Chanice think that Buck is flirting with the Russels' neighbour, Marcie Dahlgren-Frost (Laurie Metcalf). Chanice leaves Buck.

Tia escapes the overprotective Buck, sneaking out to a house party to see Bug. While there she realises that Bug is only interested in her for sex, which he tries to pressure her into. Buck finds his way to the house and barges in on Bug by drilling through the doorknob, only to discover that not only has Tia already left (having turned Bug down), but Bug is already with another girl.

Buck starts driving back home, finding Tia wandering alone through the streets. In the car, Tia admits that Buck was right about Bug all along: Buck stops the car in a quiet area and opens the trunk, revealing a tied up Bug. Buck makes Bug apologize to Tia with subtle threats of drilling his teeth out, and then lets him go (while still tied up). Bug yells various obscenities and threatens to sue as he retreats, so Buck gets out a golf club and drives a ball into Bug's head, as an incentive to leave faster.

Buck has finally earned Tia's love and respect, so back home she admits to Chanice that she set Buck up to look like he was flirting with Marcie. Chanice reunites with Buck.

Later, Cindy and Bob return home as Cindy's father is doing just fine. Tia meets her mother as she enters the house. Cindy is expecting a loud tirade. Instead, she is surprised to receive instead a tearful embrace. Cindy promises that things will change, so Tia won't be so resentful of her parents anymore. Uncle Buck leaves with Chanice as the family wave goodbye.

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