Home Alone For The Holidays

By Craig McNair

There are many films that are considered to be the greatest Christmas movie of all time.  The old school would say “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “Miracle On 34th Street”, while the new school could possibly argue “A Christmas Story” or “Christmas Vacation”.  I on the other hand believe that no holiday film represents our generation better than “Home Alone”.

The story of Kevin McCallister and the family that deserted him stole our hearts over 20 years ago when it was first released in 1990.  The timeless lesson to be careful what you wish for that is found in “Home Alone” is as relevant today as it ever was.

The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, Joe Pesci as Harry and Daniel Stern as Marv.  “Home Alone” was a blockbuster due to its warm writing and superb soundtrack.  The slapstick screenplay was written by John Hughes who is famous for 80’s brat pack films like “The Breakfast Club”, “Weird Science” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.  The film’s sweeping score was composed by John Williams who is also known for “Jaws”, “Star Wars”, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

“Home Alone” is in the Guinness Book of World Records for highest grossing comedy film of all time with a grand total of $285,761,243.  The successful film spawned three sequels that include 1992’s “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”, 1997’s “Home Alone 3” and 2002‘s direct to video “Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House”.

You can rattle off “this is my house I have to defend it,” “keep the change, ya filthy animal,” or “Buzz! Your girlfriend! Woof!” and anybody over the age of 20 will know exactly what you are talking about.  Relive your childhood this Christmas break and watch “Home Alone” for old time’s sake.

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