Uncle Nick review by Bobby Blakey
There are always a ton of holiday films hitting this time of year and while most of them are family friendly there are usually a handful that take the more mature approach. The latest Uncle Nick features a fun cast including Brian Posehn, Paget Brewster, Missi Pyle, and Joe Nunez, but does it bring the laughs along with the raunch or will it be a holiday party not worth attending?
Uncle Nick follows Lewd, drunken Uncle Nick who stumbles his way through his brother's cookie-cutter family's annual Christmas gathering in the hopes of scoring with a super-hot party guest. But the arrival of his equally crass sister coupled with Nick's liquor-fueled faux pas cause family secrets to bubble to the surface that might spell disaster for the whole clan before the night is over. Oh, and that super-hot guest just happens to be Nick's brother's stepdaughter! Going into a movie like this I wasn’t expecting all that much just due to the independent nature, but in the end I was pleasantly surprised. The story isn’t anything you haven’t seen before and is pretty by the numbers, but the unrated nature just makes for a better story. The cast all do a great job with the always funny Brian Posehn leading the charge. His everyman persona is perfect for this role that is kind of a blend of Uncle Buck and Bad Santa. Like any film like this there is some heart and a lesson for the characters in hopes of some redemption, but this one is more about the crazy fun leading up to it all than really anything else.
Unless you love the cast involved this film will likely wear thin on you pretty quick, but I found myself to have some fun with it. I wish they hadn’t played it completely safe at times, but in the end it works to accomplish what it seemed to set out to. This isn’t breaking down any walls in the world of comedy, but did end up being a fun holiday comedy worth checking out.