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Home Alone is the perfect holiday movie

Home Alone is a comedy/family movie based on a curious 8 year old boy, Kevin McCallister. This movie is a perfect holiday movie for people of all ages. 
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Home Alone is a comedy/family movie based on a curious 8 year old boy, Kevin McCallister. This movie is a perfect holiday movie for people of all ages. 

“Home Alone” is a comedy/family movie based on a curious 8 year old boy, Kevin McCallister. This movie is a perfect holiday movie for people of all ages.

The Idea of “Home Alone”

The famous 90’s holiday movie Home Alone was directed by Chris Columbus and written and produced by John Hughes. Hughes thought of the idea for “Home Alone” by making a list of things he could not forget when going on vacation. One thought that came to mind was to not forget his kids, then he thought “What if I left my 10-year-old son at home?” This movie was inspired by how stressful it is to travel with family especially during the holiday.

Plot

“Home Alone” starts off by showing the big McCallister family of 15. The family was going on vacation to Paris and was stressed out about packing. Later in the night, a fake police officer who was actually a robber came to the McCallister house for a check up. Kevin McCallister and his older brother Buzz McCallister got into an argument which led to Kevin getting sent upstairs into the attic bedroom. Overnight the power went out which led to the alarm clock turning off. They ended up being in such a crazy manic rush that they forgot Kevin was in the attic.

The McCallisters then left and didn’t realize they forgot their youngest child, Kevin. At first, Kevin was very happy and excited to finally not deal with all 15 family members at once. He was jumping all on his parents’ bed, eating as much junk food as possible and even messing with his sibling’s belongings. But this all takes a turn when one night the robbers from before come to the McCallister house to burglarize.

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Kevin had to then come up with a plan to scare them off. He tried making it look like people were at the house and dancing around in the living room with cardboard cutouts of people and blasted music. At first this worked but they ended up breaking in and the neighbor heard Kevin screaming and saved him.

Before Kevin knew it, his family was coming back home to get him. He decided to clean up the mess he made and put up all the Christmas decorations. He ended up not telling anyone about the burglars and pretended like everything was okay.

Review

“Home Alone” is perfect for the holidays and really gets you into the Christmas mood. The random returns of the burglars and watching Kevin’s different plans really make the audience sit at the edge of their seats. Viewers will feel differently about Kevin throughout the movie, sometimes feeling bad or sometimes feeling proud. Being left home alone at 8 while your family is in another country can be stressful, but Kevin’s optimistic and curious personality really helped him survive for the two days.

A message that “Home Alone” really executes is the idea of family. As annoying and as stressful as they could be, you still love them and couldn’t imagine life without them. You should also be careful what you wish for and make sure to tell your family you love and appreciate them.

This movie is a great holiday movie for ages 7+ and up. The only problem is some scenes might not be good for certain ages below 10. The siblings in the movie tend to argue a lot and use language for mature audiences. There is also slight violence and problems that occur that may be stressful or frightening for some viewers.

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Lily Borek, Editor
Lily Borek is a junior at Colonia High School. She enjoys spending time with friends, watching horror movies and listening to music. Borek plans on going to John Jay College of Criminal Justice to pursue her dream of becoming a forensic psychologist. Borek loves reptiles and even has a leopard gecko herself named Nenos. 

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