25 Films of Christmas: Home Alone

Posted: December 6, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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I’m sure we’ve all had that moment during our lives when we wished we were alone. Whether it was during Christmas, when our houses overflow with family or when we’re stuck in traffic yelling swears at the IDIOT IN FRONT OF US THAT INSISTS ON SWAPPING LANES WITHOUT A SIGNAL, BACK AND FORTH BACK AND FORTH, PICK A LANE YOU SON OF A….sorry, sorry, I got carried away… I first watched Home Alone as a kid, gathered in the living room with my brothers and sister, mom had made popcorn, the lights were low and we were in a festive mood…kinda. Here we go.

The McCallister family is getting ready to fly across the pond and visit more family in France and poor, little eight year old Kevin can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Kevin gets sent to his room with no dinner where he wishes his family would disappear. Due to a power outage during the night the alarms fail to wake everyone and chaos erupts. During the hustle to get everyone out the door and to the airport, Kevin is left behind. Kevin thinks his wish came true, his family realizes what happened and mom tries to make it back home. Throw in some burglars that good ole Kev has to use Tom and Jerry style tactics to defend the homestead against and you’ve got an awesome Christmas tale that gets to its happy ending with a little help from John Candy.

Home Alone is one of those fun family movies about child abandonment that really warms the heart, written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, it delivers laughs without relying heavily on the sappy sentiment of the season. For those reasons and more Home Alone gets a ranking of: Three and a Half Swans a Swimming. Till next time friends, stay entertained.




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