Uncle Buck

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The Church's position on the role of the family is creating a solid and healthy society is quite clear. Any society is only as strong as the individual family units which male up that society. The strength of an individual family unit can depend on a number of factors, through, and it might take a concerted effort by all family members to be successful. Especially in today's society, the family unit is threatened by a number of external forces and even by conflicts from within the family itself.

A good example of the current film which reflects a family in turmoil would be John Hughes' "Uncle Buck" (1989), a comedy which is extremely entertaining to watch but also a film which Hughes uses to state his beliefs on how fragile the family unit can be. At the outset of the movie there is obviously tension and conflict within the Russell family. The parents are called away unexpectedly on a family emergency, and they must leave their three children in the custody of Uncle Buck, Mr. Russell’s brother. Uncle Buck has been ignored for several years by his brother because he doesn’t quite fit the middle class mold. The three children all have their own problems going on: Tia the teenager is caught up in wanting to be cool and participating in what her peers are doing. The two younger children, Maisy and Miles, are struggling with the family tensions and so on.

Uncle Buck is obvious viewed as a “Loser”, and he marches to the tune of his own drummer. He is brought in to babysit because there are no other options, but the parents are not sure if they have done the right thing. But Uncle Buck proves himself to be a man with a huge heart and a loving and capable individual. In the absent of the parents, Uncle Buck shows no hesitations in guiding and protecting the family.

The most obvious tensions in the household are created by Tia, who is keen to fit in with her friends, and she is tempted to participate in the sex, drugs and alcohol scene. Uncle Buck meets this...
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