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The story is simple, really: young Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is the underdog of the family; always getting picked on by his older siblings, and feeling like an outcast. One day, he gets into it with his older brother, and Kevin ends up being punished. During his punishment, he wishes that he could spend a christmas by himself without any of his family members. Wouldn't you know it - due to his family's carelessness, they accidently leave Kevin home on their way to the airport (to fly to Paris for Christmas vacation.)
And from there, the fun begins. While Kevin is home by himself, two bumbling, nincompoop burglars (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) known as the "Wet Bandits," set their sites on Kevin's house. When Kevin figures this out, he sets the house up with all sorts of tricks and traps, to out-maneuver these two clowns. And it's *hilarious* (listening to Daniel Stern's agonized wails -- as if he were castrated -- leaves me gasping for breath!) Anytime I watch this movie, these scenes in general have a way of bringing out the devilishly-maniacal, mischievous kid in me (and no doubt, many other viewers as well.) Of course, the movie isn't all about brash, goofy slapstick; there are some moving moments scattered throughout the film (particularly when Kevin befriends an old man - who is feared throughout the neighborhood - who teaches Kevin a few things about life, as well as receiving a little bit of advice from young Kevin along the way.Read more ›
The editorial reviewer here comments that the "violence" in the later stages of HOME ALONE is "over the top". Over the top of what? There are no knives or machine guns in evidence here. Some broken christmas tree ornaments, a red hot doorknob, a couple of paint cans, some icy stairs, a b-b gun ... this is the kind of violence we're talking about here. Realistically, yeah, these burglars are ridiculously inept and somebody could get seriously hurt on slippery concrete steps, but as theatrical violence goes this is pretty harmless stuff. Pretty funny stuff, too.
This is a classically funny movie and one the whole family can enjoy. If you haven't seen it, give yourself a treat. If you're like me, you'll want your own copy so you can watch it whenever the mood hits. With Christmas a central part of the plot, HOME ALONE works especially well during the holiday season. Five stars and strongly recommended.
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It's a family favorite at the holidays. We always watched Home Alone when my daughter was younger. This Christmas she was visiting for the holidays when we decided to watch it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by anita odle
I think this is one of those Christmas classics that you just have to watch at least once. However, I still am not a fan of the language and bad behavior in the movie. Read morePublished 4 days ago by scdweller
Loved this movie when I was a kid and now enjoy watching it with my own.Published 4 days ago by teg
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Yes, it is anamorphic (at least according to a review I read). I didn't buy the previous version because it wasn't anamorphic, and so I'm going to get this one.
Apr 4, 2008 by Icruise | See all 2 posts
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I don't think so. I think its meant for the whole family. Even Joe Pesci, who does mostly rated R stuff, watched his language on the film because its subtle but there, you can hear him muttering swearing words, even if not heard distinctly. So I guess it would be okay. When they put it on cable,... Read More
Feb 21, 2015 by Kaitlin Elizabeth Heinecke | See all 2 posts
I'm guessing that whoever said that didn't know how to turn the commentary track off, and automatically thought that the voiceover was forced.
Dec 10, 2010 by mhn92 | See all 2 posts
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