Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Home Alone" 1990

"Home Alone"

First things first.  Who takes eleven kids to France for Christmas?  I know this is a family film but a little explanation would have been nice. 

I understand that it is important that there are a lot of children so that the parents look frazzled enough that you can believe they'd accidentally leave one behind.  But still, wouldn't someplace like Disney World have made more sense?  I know they go to Florida in the sequel so maybe the filmmakers figured that part out.

So, here is a list of things you have to suspend logic for to really enjoy this movie.

Parents are distracted enough by international travel that they forget a child and don't notice until they get to France from Chicago.

Said parents don't call the police or another responsible party as soon as they discover what has happened.  Instead they seek any means neccesary to travel back to Chicago.

The child, Kevin has the presence of mind to start taking care of himself. 

Kevin McCallister: Guys, I'm eating junk and watching rubbish! You better come out and stop me!

Crooks target the house knowing the family has left for the holidays.  A nice neighborhood like this one doesn't have a neighborhood watch?

Harry: [pointing to the McCallister house] That's the one, Marv, that's the silver tuna.
Marv: Oh, it's very gee.
Harry: Very gee, huh? It's loaded. It's got lot's of top-flight goods. Stereoes, VCRs...
Marv: Toys?
Harry: Probably looking at some very fine jewelry. Possible cash hoarde. Odd marketable securities... Who knows. It's a gem. Hand me a crow bar. Crow bars up.
[they clink their crow bars together]
When the child discovers that criminals are after his house he has the ingenuity to plan and execute a complex series of booby traps that anticipate their every move.

Kevin McCallister: This is my house, I have to defend it.

After doing battle and fighting off two adults the child also manages to clean up the whole house before his mother gets home. 

That my friends is the most unbelievable part of all.

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