In 1990, I was 10. This film was all the rage. My grandparents too me and my siblings to see it in the theater. When it came out on VHS, we must have watched it hundreds of times over the following years. I’m shocked we didn’t wear out the tape.
Now, I own the blu ray disc and still watch it at least once (usually twice) over the holiday season. The dialogue is committed to memory and I often will say them to people at work to see if they get the reference. On occasion, they do and we have a good laugh.
Kevin McCalister feels like he is treated unfairly. When he is sent off to bed without getting to partake in any plain cheese pizza, he wishes his family was gone. A windy Chicago night causes the power to go out and the family to oversleep so they are late for the flight to France and in the rush they forget Kevin who is asleep in the attic. They are well on their way to France before anyone notices.
Kevin spends the next several days eating junk food, putting up Christmas decorations, and stealing money from his brother’s secret hiding place. There he also accidentally releases a tarantula into the house and finds a photo of his brother’s partner. Buzz, your girlfriend! Woof!
In his neighborhood, a couple of robbers go from house to house while the families are away on vacation. When they set sights on Kevin’s house, he begins his plan to fight back.
All the while, his mother desperately tries to get back to him, taking any plane or car pool with a polka band to get there.
As a kid, this film is hilarious. As an adult, it’s ridiculous and hilarious at the same time with some heartwarming bits mixed in. It stars Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, and John Heard. Watch it with your kids or without. Either way, it’s some good holiday movie viewing.
Fun Fact: The house the family lives in is also the house John Hughes used in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”.