December 2: Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone. Directed by Chris Columbus. 20th Century Fox, 1990.

Pre-Screening Sips

  • I know this is the Christmas movie for a lot of people, so I’m nervous going in – I’ve only seen this movie once
  • My sister and I grew up watching Home Alone 3, for some reason, where Not-Culkin fought off actual terrorists

Post-Screening Snippets

  • I cannot get over the size of the McCallister house; I’m getting serious “celebrity stuck in quarantine” vibes
  • Okay, honestly, Kevin is better off without his family. He is a smart, engineer-in-training, and every other child in this family is a literal piece of shit
  • The oldest sister does not get the punishment she deserves for causing this whole problem
  • I’m only two movies into this thing and I’m already so jealous I don’t have a Christmas song. The royalties must be insane. “White Christmas,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Run Rudolph Run” might be in every Christmas movie
  • Kevin watching television and eating all of the sweets in his house is the truth I wish to live
  • I completely forgot about this creepy neighbor plot and I’m sure I will before I watch this again
  • If there was an Oscar for Achievement in Face-Pulling Reaction Shots, it would go to Home Alone
  • This is a fun, family film, but I don’t think I’ll ever understand how this was the highest-grossing comedy film for over a decade

The Final Hot Chocolate

         Home Alone is a fun, undemanding time. For what is essentially an hour-long build-up to a live-action Tom and Jerry episode, it’s surprising the movie actually works. The themes about facing fears are earnest, but Kate (Moira Rose Catherine O’Hara) needing to prove her motherly love needs more unpacking. I don’t find it quite as quotable as Alamo Drafthouse does, but it’s a good watch for getting into the Christmas spirit and maybe to have on as you wrap presents.

GRADE: B

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