5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, funny, and emotionally complex
Creepy, complex story of upwardly mobile young yuppie stalked by his emotionally retarded best
friend from childhood.
Often very funny, but in an intentionally uneasy, uncomfortable way. It's full of unexpected turns
and details, and never opts for the easy or the simple.
Mike White is amazing as the infantile Buck. The other acting is good...
Published 23 months ago by K. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars fair movie, terrible transfer
Well, this movie isn't quite what I expected, especialy since it was categorized a comedy. I read the reviews when the movie came out, and they were terrific, so i decided to pick it up.
First of all, let me get my technical concerns out of the way. This film was shot on DV, and it looks a lot worse than I would expect. I know DV can look a lot better, even little hand...
Published on Mar 18 2003 by Bryce Hashizume
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1.0 out of 5 stars Investors were bilked out of their money to fund this film,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)Don't waste your time, money or energy on this one. It is a strange little film about a strange little man. Buck is so weird that you think he is retarted, only to find out in the end that he's not, he's just really weird. The investors should have saved their money.
1.0 out of 5 stars Save a few "Bucks",
By A Customer
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)This movie is the opposite of entertainment-it is pain. Painful to watch. Painful to think that I spent 3 dollars to rent it. Painful that I took around two hours of my life to watch this film.
Save your money. Better yet, make your own film. Have fun. Just stay away from this film, too dumb and poorly made to be truly disturbing. It might even ruin your taste for candy.
4.0 out of 5 stars CREEPY, UNNERVING, TOP-NOTCH,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)"Chuck and Buck" is a curious film. You find yourself laughing even as you're a bit discomitted and even creeped-out by the characters. The story is excellent and the acting is quite good. Although the characters seem, at times, nearly implausible, the spot-on acting and directing make us believe. The production values are good. The look is crude and cheap, but effective. The viewer is propelled right into the midst of these people and their strange drama. The mysterious pull of childhood is very well documented in this film.
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly hilarious,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)I can understand why a lot of people don't like this movie. It's a very black comedy, often hard to laugh at for some and hard to swallow. But if you have an open mind and like movies that are daring in subject matter and offbeat, then CHUCK & BUCK is a good one. Chuck and Buck were boyhood friends. Chuck grew up and Buck remained at the emotional level of a care-free momma's boy. But when Buck's mom dies, he goes in search of his old friend.
The strongest part of this movie is Mike White's flawless (and overlooked by the Academy) performance as Buck. Fully in character, his Buck is creepy, freaky, and downright hysterical. His inabiltiy to fit in and act like a clear-headed adult and his need to reconnect with Buck by reminiscing is jawdropping. Clearly mentally disturbed Buck eventually becomes Chuck's stalker.
The only flaw in the movie -- besides a sometime wooden cast of extras -- is that it's hard to believe that Chuck wouldn't just fully tell Buck off or explain how messed up he is to his (Chuck's) girlfriend.
All in all, CHUCK & BUCK is a surprising hit that -- if you watch it in the dark -- will have you looking over your shoulder.
1.0 out of 5 stars A combo of bad acting & less than interesting characters...,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)Comments on DVD version... When you start watching this movie, first thing that you notice is the bad acting...if you can get over that irritation, then you are left with watching a Gay character portrayed as a perversed peeping tom & a relentless stalker. If it isn't for the way the movie ends, GLAAD should step-in and get this movie banned!
Romance - well, you'll have to wait till the end of the movie, by then you'd be so irritated by all the stiff faces & the lack of any feeling in the movie, you'll never get to see any chemistry between the two intended romantics.
The strory line - well, no surprices or anything new to keep the interest of the viewer, and the plot is fairly lame and un-imaginative!
Bottom line...this is one BAD movie! if you can get it for free and you have time to waste, get it & watch it...otherwise, blind fold your self, go into any movie rental or seller, pickup any movie at random, there's a very good chance you'll enjoy that one more than you do watching Chuck & Buck!
2.0 out of 5 stars Sick and twisted in that un-warm-and-fuzzy way,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)What can I say about a movie that induced grand mal-like seizures in a friend of mine? Not much more than "Chuck and Buck" could have been a nifty idea but ended up being the kind of catastrophic disaster that often characterizes what is mistakenly labeled as "avante guarde". Buck's character is largely unbelievable, as is the plot, although there are a few redeeming scenes (which is why "C&B" gets two stars and not one). It would have been nice to see a more emotionally and mentally stable or truly innocent Buck -- as he is, Buck is nothing short of a creepy stalker. Chuck's character is also lacking -- I would have liked to see something other than a purely success driven Chuck attempting to hide the details of an embarassing past or a Chuck that is more firm about confronting Buck. Worth seeing maybe once if you have a strong stomach and have already alphabetized your CD collection, ordered your socks by color and texture, scrubbed every square inch of your appartment with a tooth brush and still have a few hours free.
3.0 out of 5 stars For the arthouse crowd, not for the mainstream crowd,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)What do you get when you have a guy who wrote a script for an Adam Sandler movie? What do you get when you have the brothers who directed "American Pie"? What you have is a disturbing piece of art that makes stalking look like an innocent thing. Screenwriter Mike White, who wrote the Sandler movie (Note: The script was considered too "childish"!), wrote this truly bizarre film that doesn't feature CGI, big name stars, or perfect sound. What it does feature, is an insight into the world of someone who never grew up beyond ten and still dabbles in his childhood-like life by hanging up collages of pictures of he and his friends (Collages that you made when you were in kindergarten) and leaves his toys scattered about the room. White plays Buck, a child trapped in a man's body who's just lost his mother, and feels the need to reconnect to Chuck, engaged to a good woman and now an up and coming music executive on the fast track and living in Los Angeles. Buck wants to rekindle those old days he had as kids with Buck including some games of perversion, something Chuck is very intent on forgetting. Disturbing, relentless, and ultra-tragic, "Chuck & Buck" is a film that will screw with your head and will affect you in a way that many films don't. White's Buck is a true original that goes on par with other such movie characters as Peter Sellers in "Being There" by not showcasing Buck, but portraying him as an innocent who can't grow up. The performances are particularly good with Mike White showcasing his talents as an actor, his performance infers that he understood the script as he plays a truly disturbing character. Chris Weitz provides a great performance as Chuck, just a man who wants to live his life and work on his job. His brother Paul Weitz also has a supporting role as a rough edged, lousy actor that befriends Buck. If you're taste in films revolves around "The Rock" and "Jurassic Park", I guarantee you you're not going to like this movie, but if you're an arthouse film buff, you'll like it.
2.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is just WRONG,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)I'd like to start with the upside to the movie, Lupe Ontiveros is brilliant as the art house theater owner who has a significant effect on the movie.
But other than her, and several sparks in the film, this movie is just wrong. I'm not being moralistic. The movie just doesn't work. There is never one mention of the fundamental stalker rule: RESTRAINING ORDER! Nothing here makes for enjoyable filmmaking. You will leave this movie thinking about what you just watched, and wake up the next morning understanding why its so awful. Then you will feel violated for spending money on this film
2.0 out of 5 stars chuck and YUCK!!!,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)I personally found this movie to be horrifying.. the characters were poorly developed.. the situational comedy was not very well thought out. the dialogue was cramped and under creative.. and the acting was enought to make me want to brake my DVD player.. It's too bad i cant get back the 90 minutes i spent watching this film, and spend it doing something creative, like licking stamps or watching paint grow, they would be more entertaining..
This movie was disturbing and bizarre at best.. and frightening to the core.. if you have ever been stalked and want to know what your stalker is feeling and going thru... watch chuck and buck.. then call the nearest asylum..
4.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly Awkward,
This review is from: Chuck & Buck (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)Buck is a man who became developmentally arrested, in terms of social skills, shortly after his chilhood best friend (Chuck) moved away while they were still children. Mike White, the character who portrays Buck, actually wrote the screenplay. White also wrote for the short-lived television show "Freaks and Geeks" and it shows. There is an awkwardness and insecurity to Buck that was a veritable staple of the television show. "Chuck and Buck" goes a step further in that the awkwardness is relentless. You cringe as Buck (seemingly impossibly) outdoes himself each time he fails to read the social cues of those around him. His childhood friend, Chuck (who now goes by Charlie), is initially confused, then visibly frightened by Buck's adoration. What unfolds is amazing. The informal, almost documentary-like feel to the film is probably enhanced by the fact that the actors (with few exceptions) aren't really actors at all, but writers, producers, and directors. The exclusive use of video cameras lends to this feel as well.
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