Home Alone

Release Date: November 16th, 1990

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Directed By: Chris Columbus

Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Candy


I always find time to watch Home Alone every year for the holidays. I was five when this came out in theatres and it has been a tradition to watch it on television once a year. I recently bought the DVD (own the original VHS) so now I can watch it whenever I like.

This movie is such a classic. What kid doesn’t want to have the situation Kevin does? Being home alone to do whatever you want is just what most kids wish could happen. Of course, that can be a dangerous thing, but still…

Kevin is left behind when his family go on vacation to Paris. When he wakes up and realizes this, he believes it is because of a wish he made the night before after being fed up with always getting dumped on. Kevin is in complete heaven and discovers he can do anything he wants but soon starts to miss his family. At the same time, his mother is trying everything to make it home to Kevin and a couple of thieves (Marv and Harry) have cased the house out. It is up to Kevin to be the man of the house and defend it against “The Wet Bandits” while at the same time, trying to keep a good household.


This movie is a classic. I grew up with it and still love it to this day. The traps Kevin sets up are nothing short of awesome and you can almost believe he is able to rig up his house the way he does. I even enjoyed the subplot with Kevin’s neighbour. It wasn’t a huge part of the movie but Kevin freaks out everytime he sees Marley but learns not to judge a book by its cover. I enjoy John Candy in everything I have seen him in and even though his part is small in this, I still really enjoyed his character.

The movie does have a few sequels but only the second one matters and in my opinion, almost as good as this one.



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