Home Alone

Home Alone

When it came right down to it, Kevin McCallister had a few more sadistic tendencies than your average kid. And it turns out, we rather like that in a young hero, especially during the season of giving. Make no mistake, Kevin had plenty to give, in the way of bowling balls, staple guns and blow torches – all in the name of protecting his beloved family home. His entertaining antics and precocious demeanor won the hearts of the millions who made 1990’s Home Alone one of the most successful movies of all time.

The film chronicles the adventures of young Kevin, who is accidentally left behind amidst the chaos as his rather large family heads to the airport for a holiday vacation. Stranded, and feeling (rightfully) neglected, Kevin makes the most of the situation by taking advantage of his freedoms like any boy might.

That is, until he is visited upon by two bumbling burglars (Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci) intent on robbing the McCallister home. They soon learn that, despite their height and age advantages, a formidable prepubescent opponent is standing in their way, ready to unleash a hellish counter-attack with a barrage of household items. What follows is sheer sadistic mayhem, with a few heartwarming messages about the spirit of Christmas and the importance of family thrown in for good measure.

It never hurts to have a producer with the track record of John Hughes, or the similarly talented Chris Columbus handling the directorial chores, but when it came right down to it, all eyes were on an impish newcomer named Macaulay Culkin who managed to steal the show in the role of Kevin and become one of the biggest child stars ever. He also gave Hughes’ bank account a generous boost along the way. Sequels soon followed, although Macaulay would bow out after Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which was a respectable hit in its own right.

If you were a fan of Home Alone, perhaps secretly hoping that you could unleash the same homegrown vengeance on some intruders one day, just like Kevin, we would love to hear your thoughts in our comments section.

3 Responses to “Home Alone”

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  1. jennifer harris says:

    this is a good movie,and Maculey Culkin is going with the woman who voices Meg Griffin.

  2. john says:

    great move, exactly what holiday stress is about. Now the sequel home alone 2 was great showcasing the holiday in the big apple. But how do you figure that Kevin had the energy to run all around nyc to escape the bad guys, prepare the house to capture them etc. It had it’s holiday moments like the angelic choir in the church for the first one, and his trademark ahhhhhhh facial expression.

  3. Lynn says:

    Still one of the best movies EVER.

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