Monday, December 12, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #14 Home Alone

Home Alone (1990)

    Who doesn't remember this movie where troublemaker Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) gets left behind to fend for himself while his family travels to Paris for the holidays?

    The night before their flight to Paris, the McCallister family is sharing a dinner of pizza together when an argument ensues between 8-year old Kevin McCallister and his older brother Buzz. He is then sent upstairs to bed by his mother and in his anger, Kevin tells her that he wishes his family would disappear.

   Sometime through the night a power outage occurs causing the entire family to oversleep. They begin frantically rushing about to avoid missing their flight and in all the hustle and bustle they accidently leave Kevin behind. They do not realize it until they are already in the air. All they can do it worry and wait until they reach Paris where his parents must then try to book a flight back.

   Meanwile, back at home, Kevin wakes up to an empty house and believes that his wish came true. He is overjoyed and begins exercising he newfound freedom by doing things that are normally not allowed like jumping on the bed, stealing Buzz's money, shooting his BB gun, watching gangster movies and eating all the junk food that he desires.

   But at the same time, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), "The Wet Bandits" as they like to call themselves, are busy breaking into the other vacant homes on the block and stealing from Kevin's neighbors. Kevin overhears them planning on breaking into his own house on Christmas Eve. While visiting the local church, he runs into Marley, the next door neighbor that he has always been frightened of. He learns that Marley is in fact just a nice, lonely old man that misses spending time with his own family.

   Kevin runs home to prepare for "The Wet Bandits" by setting up booby traps throughout the entire house. After numerous run ins with these painful traps and many bruises later, they finally catch up with the clever little boy and hang him on a coat hook. But Marley arrives just in time and knocks Harry and Marv out by hitting them across the head with a snow shovel. Shortly after, the police arrive and arrest "The Wet Bandits".

   The next morning Kevin wakes up expecting to see his family back but is disappointed when he realizes he is still all alone. Then he hears his mother calling from him downstairs, he runs to her and the two embrace. The rest of the family enters and Kevin and Buzz make amends. He never mentions "The Wet Bandits" or anything that has occured during the time he was left home alone.

   Kevin walks over to the window to see Old Man Marley greeting his family as they arrive to celebrate Christmas with him. He waves at Kevin and the two share a smile. Just then, you hear Buzz yelling from upstairs, "Kevin!! What did you do to my room?!"

   This is a cute, non-traditional Christmas film that I'm sure your kids will love. It ends with the message that being together with family is what is most important during the holidays.

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