Cute slap-stick Christmas movie about a charming little boy with an engaging smile--8-year old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin). The film received mixed reviews. 'Some reviewers did like the implausibility of the plot.
As far as we can see, this is one of those films thar simply could have not done better. It combines Christmas, that most magical holiday for children, with the primal fear of every child--tht of being lost and separated from his or her family. Macaulay Culkan is brilliant in it and it is the film for which he will always be remembered.
This family comedy film was written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbu. Macaulay had caught the producer's attention for his stand-out performance in the John Candy vehicle 'Uncle Buck'. He was the perfect choice for Kevin. 'Home Alone' despite the mixed reviewd, was a box office hit--becoming the highest-box office success of any Anerican commdy film. It made Macauley a major child star. As the youngest in the family, he is alternatively picked on and ignored at home. Kevin got into a scrape with his older brother Buzz. He is sent off to his room on the third floor of their home. The McAllister family packs up and in a rush takes off for airport for their flight to France on vacation, only they forget Kevin ensconced on the third floor. Kevin has the house to himself which he at first enjoys. He enjoys a pizza all to himself and savors firbidden activities like jumping on his parents' bed, but begins to miss the family. Then he notices two burglars, Harry and MarvJ (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), casing the neighbirhood. And his home is at the top of their list. He is left to defend the family homestead. He goes to church and seeks out Santa. Kevin wires the home with heated door handels, spikes, and icy walkways. He also fashions makeshift booby traps inside. Macaulay plays his part perfectly. The crooks are wonderful foils.
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