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Home Alone

January 9, 2021

Home Alone (1990)
Director: Chris Columbus
Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara

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Synopsis: The McCallisters and their crazy extended family leave for a Christmas vacation in Paris, forgetting to take with them the youngest son, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), who was banished to the naughty room upstairs the night before. This leaves Kevin ‘home alone’ for a number of days and nights – an even more problematic scenario when it becomes clear two seasoned burglars are interested in raiding the house.

Review: This iconic piece of Christmas hokum from over 30 years ago stands the test of time as an entertaining and expertly crafted piece of light situational comedy. It has the ethos of pantomime with its high concept set up, the arch character types, and the game way that each performer goes about their work. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are comedy gold as the hapless robbers, and Macaulay Culkin’s robotic aura is strangely in keeping with the concept of his preternaturally resourceful character. There’s even some merit in viewing the film as a not completely unnuanced riff on the themes of family, safety and sanctity. More importantly though, it’s still a ridiculously enjoyable family favourite that’s worth a dusting down over the Christmas holidays. (January 2021)

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  1. May 7, 2021 5:34 pm

    I agree with this review. It’s not a great movie, but it is an entertaining holiday classic.

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