Home Alone (1990)
December 7, 2015 7:59 PM - Subscribe

An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
posted by the man of twists and turns (10 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I love this movie. I'm sorry.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 8:13 PM on December 7, 2015 [4 favorites]

This is the first movie I remember being held over at my hometown theater for months. That doesn't happen anymore anywhere.
posted by infinitewindow at 9:36 PM on December 7, 2015

I love this movie and I'm not sorry! This is the best Christmas movie ever as far as I'm concerned. It reminds me of my childhood growing up in the Chicago suburbs.

Things I have only realized recently, watching this movie as an adult:

1) Kevin is only alone for like 3 days. Somehow when I was little it seems like he was home along for like 10-15 days. I'd like to think that this is because when you are little (the way Kevin is little), and along, the days just stretch, especially when you have no idea what's going on.

2) Kevin legit thinks that he is to blame for his family vanishing. I have no idea how this completely blew past me the first 300 times I watched this movie, but there you have it. It kind of makes his determination to protect himself and his family home more heartbreaking. He believes he's the only one left.

3) If Old Man Marley is so determined to not be thought of as creepy, it would prolly help if he didn't charge up to Kevin at the counter of the pharmacy and slam his bandaged hand down on the counter in front of him. Seriously dude, you don't see how that might be scary to a kid?

4) Where does Kevin get all of those mannequins for the scene where he stages a party in the house to make the burglars think they all came home early? Is his mom a fashion designer or something? Kind of weird that he had all of those mannequins there.

5) Kevin is a tactical military genius. He comes up with the plan to protect the house in ONE HOUR, including setting the place up and microwaving his mac & cheese. Again, this is something I thought took much longer when I saw the movie as a kid, like I thought he had a couple of days to work this out. Nope, he does it in an hour.

6) Best soundtrack to a Christmas movie ever. Thank you John Williams.

7) Uncle Frank is an asshole. (Actually, I knew that back when I was a kid watching this movie too.)
posted by thereemix at 6:41 AM on December 8, 2015 [8 favorites]

My family watched this with my three nieces (5, 7 and 9 years old) this past weekend. We had to cajole them into watching -- they thought it would be too scary -- but they ended up loving it and got a huge kick out of the slapstick. Afterwards they were talking about how they'd like to set up some traps, "but maybe not the fire ones". They were pretty shocked at how rude and mean the kids in Kevin's family are to each other.

I finally realized that Kevin doesn't call the police because he's afraid they're after him for shoplifting the toothbrush.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 10:36 AM on December 8, 2015 [4 favorites]

Where does Kevin get all of those mannequins

I think they show the mannequins in the basement during one of the scary furnace scenes.

This was a childhood favorite of mine that I still watch once a year (never around Christmas though - I always forget it's supposed to be a seasonal movie). Now when I watch this I can't help but notice how much airport security standards have changed and now that I have a child, I can't imagine being so rushed that I don't do a child check more often than at the front door of our house and again at cruising altitude. I'm really not sure if it's worse that Kevin believed he made his family vanish or that he learned shortly after the credits ran that they were on their way to Paris before realizing he wasn't there.
posted by toomanycurls at 12:21 PM on December 8, 2015 [2 favorites]

When i first re-watched this as an adult (saw it as a kid a million times cause it was Huge and Always On at Christmas) the first take-way is how freaking rich Kevin's family is.
posted by The Whelk at 1:33 PM on December 8, 2015 [5 favorites]

Watched this at age 9 or 10 and just couldn't get over how horribly injured the two guys must have been by the end. Found Kevin deeply annoying and the injuries unsettling.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:04 PM on December 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

I always loved the Yosemite Sam-style swearing.
posted by pmurray63 at 8:31 AM on December 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

I just watched this for the first time in two decades and I was sincerely surprised by how well it holds up. Macaulay Culkin did a great job playing Kevin and the way the movie veers from Christmas schmaltz to Looney Tunes slapstick and back actually works. Like threemix said, Kevin really believes he's the last person left from his family, which plays into his attempts not to be discovered (a) up the heartwarming quotient, and (b) provide some groundwork for his deathtraps.

(Speaking of groundwork, the mannequins definitely did show up in his first trip to the basement.)

Plus the McAllisters would almost have to be ostentatiously rich to take that vacation with that many kids at Christmas. And more money justifies a bigger house with more room for flamethrowers.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:52 AM on December 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

The Home
He is alone, the parents gone in the morning. It is nothing to him. He revels in their tedious wake. Eats milk and cream. Breaks and steals property and rubs himself in oils strange. He sleeps ‘til near the sun’s noonhigh meridian, his whited hair splintered and splayed like some infernal broomhead. At night he carnivals with dervish fervor, watches plays of mindless violence. He is wild and drunken, bestial, howling into the darkling primordial. There is no echo. He is a changeling.

It is not long before the robbers come. The leader is squat and wears a gold tooth. Bestride him is another with crazed eyes and a figure gaunt like a starved and preyless mantis. Their coats are ashen and their boots trudge black against the snow. The squat signals to the redclay hovel before them, assuming its vacancy. This’s it, he says. The mantis nods. It is the hermitage of the kid.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:04 AM on December 16, 2015 [3 favorites]

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