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Chuck & Buck (2000)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 4 August 2000 (USA)
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An oddly naive man-child stalks his childhood best friend and tries to reconnect with their past.

Director:

Miguel Arteta

Writer:

Mike White
6 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike White ... Buck O'Brien
Chris Weitz ... Charlie 'Chuck' Sitter
Lupe Ontiveros ... Beverly Franco
Beth Colt Beth Colt ... Carlyn Carlson
Paul Weitz ... Sam
Maya Rudolph ... Jamilla
Mary Wigmore ... Diane
Paul Sand ... Barry
Gino Buccola Gino Buccola ... Tommy
Annette Murphy Annette Murphy ... Tommy's Mom
Glory Simon ... Witch
Douglas Kieffer Douglas Kieffer ... Mark
Jonathan Brown Jonathan Brown ... Jake
Ruthie Bram Ruthie Bram ... Dorothy
Giovanni Gieco Giovanni Gieco ... Scarecrow
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Storyline

Buck is a man-child who has lived his existence in a life of Romper Room, kindergarten collages, and lollipops. When his mother dies suddenly, Buck remembers his old childhood friend Chuck, with whom he feels a need to reconnect after having invited him to his mother's funeral. Buck treks out to Los Angeles where Chuck, an up-and-coming music record executive, is living his life. Buck ends up developing an obsession with Chuck and begins stalking him. Written by monkeykingma

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Can she hear us? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuck&Buck See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,831, 16 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,050,600, 1 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mike White's performance as Buck is Jeff Bridges's most favorite acting performance of the 2000s. See more »

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When Beverly and Buck are deciding who should play Hank, Beverly calls Buck "Mike". See more »

Quotes

Jolie: What do you do in L.A., Buck?
Buck O'Brien: Um, nothing.
Jolie: I know a lot of people who have that job. It's one of the better jobs you can have. I bet you're very good at it.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Gorgeous
Written by Kat Green
Performed by Girl Next Door
Video directed by Matthew McNeil
Published by Ripley's Monster (BMI) and Hambone/Suitcase (BMI)
© Ripley Recordings
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Entertaining look at the stages of life
17 February 2002 | by rwintSee all my reviews

Highly enjoyable, terrific look at the sometimes difficult transition between childhood and adulthood. Basically deals with the relationship between Chuck and Buck. 'Best' friends in childhood, but who have now taken completely different paths. Chuck is a successful record executive with a beautiful girlfriend. Buck is still immature and longing for the 'good old days'. Buck tracks Chuck down and tries to turn things back to the way they were, which leads to many problems.

Keenly looks at many universal human experiences from catering to that 'inner child', avoiding change, holding on to memories of simpler times, and even facing the fact that people can change and drift apart. It does all this while still conveying it's message (that accepting change is your best medicine) without ever being too preachy or too cute.

Fairs better than other films of similar type (FLOUNDERING, FREE ENTERPRISE) simply because the characters and situations are more consistent. This allows the viewer to better identify with their own similar experiences.

White as Buck is dynamite. Not only does he convincingly play a 11 year old, but he actually LOOKS like one despite being a adult.

Has a good non-flashy finale that,in it's own low key way, really hits home. A winner. Look quickly for Paul Sand as one of the playhouse directors


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