Chuck & Buck 2000 R CC

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An offbeat film about 27-year-old Buck (Mike White) reuniting with boyhood friend Chuck, who decides -- evidence to the contrary -- that they're still best pals.

Starring:
Mike White, Chris Weitz
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

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Chuck & Buck

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Miguel Arteta
Starring Mike White, Chris Weitz
Supporting actors Lupe Ontiveros, Beth Colt, Paul Weitz, Maya Rudolph, Mary Wigmore, Paul Sand, Gino Buccola, Annette Murphy, Glory Simon, Douglas Kieffer, Jonathan Brown, Ruthie Bram, Giovanni Gieco, T.J. Wilkins, Ezra Pugh, Erin Espinoza, Megan McCaw, Linda Lichter
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

This was very obvious throughout the film.
A. Gyurisin
I didn't know what to make of Buck *or* Chuck at the end of this movie, and I'm not convinced that the filmakers did either.
Stephen McLeod
He deals with his obsession by writing a slightly disturbing but heart warming play about two young boys growing up.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "fellinigreenaway" on December 22, 2000
Format: DVD
Chuck and Buck were childhood friends, until Chuck moved away. Now both of them are all grown up. Chuck (now called Charlie) comes to visit Buck when Buck's mother dies. Buck, however, never really grew up. He sucks on lollipops obsessively, and is now fixated on Chuck, who wants nothing more to do with his childhood best friend. It gets even creepier when we find out what Buck wants from Chuck ("Remember those games we used to play?")
Most people, on hearing that synopsis, would immediately dismiss "Chuck and Buck" as weird and truly creepy. But give it a chance. It's always fascinating and never false. Its strengths lie in characterizing Buck not as a caricature but as a real human being who we can feel sorry for, and even see a little of ourselves in. The two main characters of Chuck and Buck could easily have ruined the movie if they had been played even a small bit off. Mike White and Chris Weitz both find the true nature of their characters, making this film nothing less than believable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Gyurisin on March 9, 2005
Format: DVD
What a surprising beautiful and tragic film that Mike White has created. I say Mike White instead of the director (who also did an exemplary job) because it was his penmanship that crafted this film into such a powerhouse. When I rented the film, I did not expect to be so submerged with so many bold styles and emotional thematic elements. I was not expecting to see such a high caliber of acting and storytelling mixed together into one small Sundance winning picture. In other words, I wasn't expecting really anything when I placed this film into my DVD player, so when the film finished and I picked my jaw off the floor, it became instantly clear that I would never experience another film like this one again. From the way that it was filmed, to the small budget of the production, to even the taboo subject it presented, Chuck & Buck is one of those films that will shock, amaze, and really pull at the strings of your heart. It is a film, first and foremost, about friendship and the destructive impact that childhood moments can have on our futures.

I cannot speak of this film without mentioning first the brilliant mind of Mike White. Not only did he accomplish the first challenge of this film ... writing it, but he also stole the entire film by also playing one of the leads, Buck. While most film watchers, sadly, will remember him as Jack Black's friend in School of Rock, his true talents are completely showcased in this film. He completely looses himself in this character and it is absolutely obvious to those of us watching the film. During all of this film, I never once saw Mike White, the actor, but instead I saw the character of Buck. That is a rare accomplishment in the acting world.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Drake-by-the-Lake on December 7, 2005
Format: DVD
This just shows how confused the MPAA was, and is. The "sexuality" in this movie consists of... no nudity - and abbreviated remarks concerning sexual acts. But let's leave that aside. Just have a guy kiss another guy and the MPAA goes into a frenzy--knee-jerk "R".

Anyway, this flick was way better than critics had led me to believe. It's a movie about a guy who just can't get over his boyhood lover. He's about one step away from the loony bin, in fact. But the saving grace of this movie, which normally I would not like (not being a fan of crazies) is that there is NO violence. (Not that the stupid MPAA cared.) I kept expecting "Buck" to pull out a kitchen knife or some such trash - my expectations having been formed by Hollywood. But no, Buck's apparently a harmless kook. As most kooks are, if treated gently--perhaps.

After wincing for the first 30 minutes, I actually began getting into the whole scene of Chuck's continual rejection of Buck. This is a most unusual movie and wins points for originality. Have we ever seen one like this from the movie industry? No. Is it a subject worthy of treatment by film? Yes. Some of us have indeed thought about old flames from the past - and wanted to do something "crazy" to try to win them back. This movie is an interesting exploration into one crazy guy who stopped short of almost nothing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Troyer on January 4, 2001
Format: DVD
i was blown away by this movie. the guy who played buck was so dorky/creepy/loveable/hilarious/riveting that i was simultaneously feeling his pain and suffering skin-crawling squeamishness at the very sight of him.
plus, before the movie reached the shocker of the consummation in the motel room, there was something so distinctly unlikeable about the other guy, the so-called normal one. this was a smart move by the filmmakers. as an audience, we are made to feel that the hideous freak might actually be onto something when he asks whether chuck's job is really "real" and when he lumps chuck's fiancee in with chuck's possessions (e.g. car, house) while analyzing chuck's feelings about them.
there is something so pure and undeniable about poor buck's obsession -- about his utter defenselessness in the face of it -- that one can't help loving him. the shot of him at the wedding at the very end is simultaneously heart-breaking and improbably optimistic, i thought.
the casting of the guy who acted the role of chuck in 'the play within the play' was brilliant. so was the guy's performance. (it was an added, solondz-like bonus that we could literally see the shape of the man's penis thru his too-tight jeans during his audition in the community theater.)
equally spectacular was the scene in which buck offers a lollipop to a child actor and then stands by while the kid sets off a firecracker and nearly blows himself to bits.
i can't say enough good things about this movie. it was creepy in the very best way.
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