Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two would-be burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The film also features Catherine O'Hara and John Heard as Kevin's parents.
When occasionally bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts up the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
Why it Rocks
- The idea of an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left home alone by his family and has to protect the house from two burglars is pretty entertaining.
- Memorable moments such as the Angels with Filthy Souls film-within-a-film.
- Macaulay Culkin does a great performance as Kevin McCallister.
- Harry and Marv are absolutely hilarious and make superb partners in crime.
- John Williams' musical score is brilliant.
- The timeless song, "Somewhere in My Memory".
- The song "O Holy Night" is very emotional and beautifully sung.
- Memorable and funny lines, such as "Buzz, your girlfriend... WOOF!"
- Emotional ending.
- The booby traps.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Home Alone holds an approval rating of 65% based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Home Alone's uneven but frequently funny premise stretched unreasonably thin is buoyed by Macaulay Culkin's cute performance and strong supporting stars." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, it has a score of 63 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
Home Alone grossed $285.8 million in the United States and Canada and $190.9 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $476.7 million, against a production budget of $18 million.