Chuck and Buck
Director: Miguel Arteta
Screenwriters: Mike White
Chuck and Buck were once â€śbest friends,â€ť a relationship that means so much to children but fades once the innocence that formed it is gone. For Buck this innocence has never gone away. His interests are infantile; his pursuits are childish. He is twenty-seven years old but still lives with his mother. When she dies, reality crashes in on him.
Stubbornly resistant to change and incredibly immature, he cannot cope.
Chuck reappears in Buckâ€™s life when he shows up at the funeral. Buck fixates on him, so much so that he follows Chuck to Los Angeles, where he has established a successful life. A fast-rising executive in the music industry
and engaged, he is living the American Dream. Buckâ€™s insistence on things being the way they were quickly
erodes their relationship to the point where Chuck must confront and reckon with his past. The ambiguities relating to how, where, and why lines are crossed are what make the film so richly complex. Chuck & Buck challenges viewers to face their own prejudices and need to comply with society. Creating characters who fail to meet the expectations of either the protagonist or antagonist, Chuck & Buck is an unsettling examination of what happens when innocence
is lost and when it is unreasonably retained. Director Miguel Arteta returns to Sundance (his film
Star Maps played in the 1997 Festival) with a completely different, yet equally remarkable, film. Chuck & Buck solidifies his reputation as a unique voice creating fresh and sometimes disturbing portraits that strike chords of self-examination, wonder, and dismay.
- Dramatic Feature
- 2000, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 96 min.