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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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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
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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 Stephen McLeod on May 13, 2001
Format: DVD
One thing I expect a movie to do is move me in one way or another. What I mean is, even semi-skillful movies make you feel *something.* What a movie makes the viewer feel is directly related to the movie's vision -- its humanity and its perspective on "the human condition." Sometimes a movie gives the feeling that its "auteurs" don't really have such a perspective, or worse, that if there is one, it's not entirely worked out so that, ultimately, what's left is little more than empty cynicism.
I'm not sure how the makers of *Chuck & Buck* feel about our common lot, but quite frankly, this movie gave me the creeps. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's just a thing you should know before buying it: this movie is not entertaining. It doesn't mean to be, I suspect. It means, I think, to uncover something very unflattering and sad about us, our unwillingness to let go of the dreams (obsessions) that fail us.
Leonard Maltin almost never tells you that there is gay subject matter in a movie, so if you don't already know that, there is. Unfortunately, add this to the long list of movies whose sole view of homosexuality is that it is "defective" and creepy. This is doubly unfortunate in a movie with such liberal pretensions as this one has. I'm sure that the film-makers would answer that obsession, not homosexuality, is the the focus here. But that begs the question, because the plot of this movie turns on the emotional distress that a straight man feels who is the object of homosexual obsession.
Another thing Leonard Maltin doesn't tell you is that, while this movie tries very hard to be a good movie in a very typically independent and low-budget kind of way, it doesn't quite rise to the occasion.
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