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Home Alone (1990)

 -  Comedy | Family  -  16 November 1990 (USA)
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An 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars.

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It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. Written by John Wiggins

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When Kevin's Family Left For Vacation, They Forgot One Minor Detail: Kevin. But Don't Worry... He Cooks. He Cleans. He Kicks Some Butt. See more »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$285,761,243 (USA)
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Throughout most of the film, the pictures hung on the wall going up the main staircase are consistently fifteen in number, with Peter & Kate being the lower-most bottom-row photos, and Kevin being the one at the very top end, by itself. However, in a couple of scenes there are only 14 pictures - no Kevin up top; completely different (non-closeup) photos where Pete and Kate should be; and several other pictures are different too. (The two scenes are: When Kevin is crazily running around celebrating his newfound freedom (22:23), and later when he's running upstairs screaming after having seen Old Man Marley in front of the house (32:07).) See more »

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Marv: Out the window?
[Harry starts climbing out onto a zip line]
Marv: I'm not going out the window!
Harry: What're you scared, Marv? Are you afraid? C'mon get out here.
Marv: [Marv follows Harry and they start across the rope] Ohhh let's go back. Let's go back, Harry!
Harry: Shut it, Marv!
Kevin McCallister: [Holds a hedge clipper to the rope on his end] Hey guys? Check this out!
Harry: Go back!
Marv: Oh! Good!
[They start making their way back]
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O Holy Night
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Music by Adolphe Adam
Lyrics by Placide Cappeau
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Funny and highly entertaining.
1 May 2002 | by (TN, USA) – See all my reviews

Home Alone (1990) Rating: 8/10

It might be dumb and corny, but I've actually liked this highly entertaining flick. The plot's unbelievable, but who cares: it's funny! Macaulay Culkin plays 8 year-old Kevin, a misunderstood kid who lives in a big ass house with his family. They're about to leave for Paris, where they're gonna spend Christmas. About 20 people are running around the house, frenetically preparing for the trip. Kevin's mad at everyone, because no one pays attention to him, unless it's to yell at him. Hence, Kevin goes to sleep wishing that his whole family would disappear, and the next morning, they do! The thing is that they somehow woke up late, left home in a hurry, and hey, they forget Lil Kev! At first, he's happy as a monkey, but after a while, things get messy. Two dumbass robbers are planning to rob his house, but Kev ain't gonna let them!

Okay, I know, this is one stupid story, but it's developed into a wonderful family film, as enjoyable as it is warmhearted. Mac Culkin is awesome in the lead. He really carries the film: he's got style, he's funny and he's even a good actor! Too bad his personal life screwed up, because he had the talent to become a grown-up movie star. The idiotic criminals are also really cool, because they cast good actors instead of some Ernest-style lame-o over-actors. Oscar-winner Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern (the narrator on The Wonder Years) are hilarious, but they also bring a bit more depth to what could have been cardboard characters. Pesci plays an aggressive thug, and anyone who's seen him in a Scorsese film knows how good he is at it. Stern plays a total dufus, and he's also really convincing at it. The film's humor might seem dumb, but hey, it's funny. John Hughes' screenplay has Kevin protecting his home by turning the thieves into human Wile E. Coyotes, and like the cartoon, it made me laugh. The gags might be old, but they're played with inventiveness, and the acting is always right. I just love this film, and you will too if you look beyond the fact that it's a family film.


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