- Title Home Alone
- Director Chris Columbus
- Year 1990
- Run time 1hr 43m
- Tagline A family comedy without the family
Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he's not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin's rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them!
Title: Home Alone Director: Chris Columbus Year: 1990 Run time: 1 hr 43 mins
I’ve had a hankering to watch this for a long while now, remembering that the last time I watched it I pretty much laughed solidly for the last half an hour. Unfortunately, it’s not been available digitally until very recently, but as soon as it was, we set up a viewing. As it coincided with Christmas, we opted for a Sidepodfilmclub watching of the film, which can be seen with Factbyte Factbox and live comments here. As always, it means the timings are slightly less accurate than normal.
1:00 - That is a mahoosive house. All for one family! 5:00 - “When I grow up and get married, I’m living alone. Do you hear me? I’M LIVING ALONE.” 19:00 - Parents in first class, all the kids in coach. Well, almost all of them. 23:00 - A hatch down to a laundry basket. I need that in my life! 27:00 - The feeling that you forgot something is awful enough before you realise it’s your own kid! 28:00 - The Grinch! Film watch inside a film watch. 33:00 - That’s Mr Heckles! Friends reference. 45:00 - The party is pure genius, but why do they have so many mannequins hanging around the house? 52:00 - He’s being pretty responsible with the weekly shop. How is it not all crisps and chocolate? 57:00 - I’m really enjoying the stock footage of all the planes. 58:00 - Also, commence the Planes, Trains and Automobiles bit. 1:09:00 - It’s nice how the choir lowered their volume just in time for the conversation to take place. Like when the jukebox stops in Eastenders. 1:14:00 - Love his map of the house. 1:19:00 - Considering how it’s gone so far, an open door must be a red flag to these silly burglars. 1:21:00 - I don’t remember this being quite so painful to watch! 1:24:00 - “Why’d you take your shoes off?” “Why are you dressed like a chicken?” 1:30:00 - They’ve hung the kid up on the door by his sweater. That’s some strong wool. 1:35:00 - It must have taken him a while to tidy up from all the mess. 1:37:00 - “Just hung around.”
Overall this still holds up really well, a great story and pretty well acted throughout. I read or heard someone talking about re-watching this as an adult and how it just wasn’t as good because the scenes with the burglars were just too painful. It definitely was more difficult to watch but I still enjoyed it - even if I did have to cover my eyes on occasion.
Rating: 4 / 5