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Chuck & Buck (2000)

Cast: Mike White, Mike White, Chris Weitz, more...
Director: Miguel Arteta, Miguel Arteta
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Independent, Black Comedy, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Following his critically acclaimed Star Maps, Miguel Arteta directs this perverse Odd Couple-esque comedy drama. Childhood best buddies Chuck and Buck are reunited after 18 years during the funeral of the latter's mother. Chuck (Chris Weitz who also produced American Pie (1999)) is a button-down movie executive with a gorgeous blond fiancée, Carlyn (Beth Colt). By contrast, the intervening years do not seem to have matured Buck (Mike White) in the slightest -- he still plays with children's toys, throws bawling temper tantrums, and seems to be utterly at a loss at what to do after his mother's death. During the funeral, Buck greets his old friend with an oblivious joy that is hardly appropriate to the setting. Clearly expecting that the friendship will continue where it left off back during the Carter administration, Buck seems confused and sullen in the presence of Carlyn, a yucky girl. This jealousy turns more unnerving when, in midst of a brotherly hug, Buck makes a clumsy grope for Chuck's manhood. Disturbed and embarrassed, Chuck quickly leaves, but not before Carlyn politely suggests that Buck "visit us in L.A. sometime." Buck leaps at the chance and soon is packing up for California. He quickly degenerates from a silly, though pathetic annoyance to a lollipop-sucking stalker. Buck's bizarre attempts to renew his bond with Chuck and to consummate their relationship puts Chuck increasingly on edge and confronts the affluent yuppie with a past he'd just as soon forget. Chuck & Buck was one of the most talked about films at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Almost good...if you can get through it by jezebel March 27, 2005 - 9:19 PM PST
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4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This movie tells the story of two childhood friends, Chuck and Buck, who reunite when Buck's mother dies and he invites his old friend Chuck to the funeral. Chuck is now Charles, a successful professional, whereas Buck has been living in a childlike state in his mother's home since they were friends (they last saw each other at age 11).

The acting on the part of Buck is painful to watch; played by the screenwriter, Buck is disturbingly believable: part stalker, part immature adult, and completely sexually confused, we only truly start to like him in the last 20 minutes or so.

Normally, when a movie is this painful to watch in the first hour, you turn it off. This one keeps you waiting for the climax you know is coming, and it won't let you down. For the first hour, I give this movie a rating of 2; for the last hour, a I would rate it a 7.

Feel good movie of the year - for stalkers. by Shermonster December 8, 2004 - 11:07 PM PST
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3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
It's a stalker flick with a twist. Stalker meets boy. Stalker stalks boy. Stalker actually gets boy to spend the night with him... and then boy loses lustre, and stalker moves on.

The obvious message here is one of hope, and not giving up. Be persistent, but be careful to always keep things just shy of a restraining order.

This movie holds the illustrious #2 spot on my list of "most torturous movies to sit through" I have ever actually sat through. If you're a person who would enjoy Chinese Water Torture, or would be entertained for hours watching a banana slug intent on crossing a busy eight-lane freeway, this movie might be for you. I wondered, more than once, how the filmmaker had achieved making a 97-minute film seem like two-and-a-half hours.

This film is an uncomfortable moment that lasts an hour-and-a-half. Only once before have I been in a longer uncomfortable moment - the movie "Happiness" - which is solidly and most likely eternally in the #1 spot on my "most torturous movies to sit through" list.

But that said, I thought the movie was pretty good. The acting is wonderful, the characters are real, and there are a few laughs to lighten the experience a little. I don't regret seeing it. But if I had it to do over, I'd don't think I'd add it to my queue.

Awful by ecochica December 1, 2004 - 8:28 PM PST
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4 out of 10 members found this review helpful
This film should not have been made. It is poor in every dimension. Do not order it. The premise sounds intriguing. The execution is horrible. Bear this in mind if you order it and begin watching: It will not get better as it moves along. If you persist, you are likely to spend the balance of the evening wondering why you can't follow your better instincts.




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