Home Alone Reviews
"A Family Comedy Without The Family."
I've never been the biggest fan of Home Alone. That isn't to say that I hate it, but it just isn't a great family movie by any stretch of the imagination. It is relatively entertaining and moderately funny, but it ends up being just average. Culkin annoys the hell out of me in this movie and since he ends up being by himself for a good majority of the movie, annoying is going to be the lasting impression I take from it.
A family is going to Paris for Christmas. The night before they go, the power goes out and everyone wakes up late. In a rush to get to the airport, a little boy, Kevin, is left all alone at home. The family doesn't realize this until they are in the air on the way to Paris. To make matters worse, two burglars are robbing all the families that are gone on the families street, and since all of them are supposed to be gone, Kevin's house is on the list.
I will admit that as a kid I really did enjoy watching this movie, but over the years as I have watched it more and more, I have grown annoyed by the movie. It doesn't offer me anything. As a kid, the notion of being left at home is terrifying, but once you grow up it is easy to see that the situation isn't serious at all.
It isn't a horrible movie and it is sure to keep all the kids entertained and laughing at its childish humor throughout.
As I remembered it, a cute story more aimed at kids than adults, but not unenjoyable. Macaulay Culkin very cute as Kevin, accidentally abandoned at home while his family fly to Paris for Christmas. Actually I did not remember how much of a little smart ass he is here! A few times, thought I would have left the little sod at home too. LOL.
It was also kind of sad to see John Candy and think of the loss his death was. I think a repeat of Uncle Buck might be on shortly! The whole cast here are good. His horrible child relatives and his stressed out mum, (Catherine O'Hara). The bumbling burglars are a little over the top, but okay, it's a kid's movie, so I can let it off the hook!
Update: John Hughes was a robot from the 80's to the early 90's. The screenplay is in fact a robot.