It is Christmas time in one of the wealthiest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. The McCallister family is getting ready to depart to visit family in Paris, France for the upcoming holiday. As they all get ready the cousins and siblings clash causing the one of the youngest, Kevin, to be sent to the attic bedroom as punishment. As he climbs the stairs Kevin makes the ultimate Christmas wish: that his family disappears for Christmas.
During the night a large storm causes a power outage. When they don’t wake up on time the family rushes to get to the airport, not realizing that the count of the cousins and, in turn, getting onto the plane means they left Kevin behind at the house. As Kevin’s mother tries to get back home to get her child things at the house are in peril.
A pair of thieves are trying to make good on a holiday crime spree while everyone in the neighborhood is on vacation. Will they be a match for Kevin? Will Kevin be able to take care of himself? And will his mom get home in time for Christmas?
-Genre: Christmas Family Comedy
-Creator: John Hughes
-Length: 103 minutes
-Rating: PG (mild violence-particularly in the end of the film, mild language, mild alcohol use, mild intense scenes-particularly in the end of the film)
-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Maccaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Roberts Blossom, Catherine O’Hara
-Page of Reference in RP2: 182
Review (contains spoilers):
This is one of my favorite movies to watch during the holidays. In fact it is family tradition in my family to watch this and the second film as we get Thanksgiving dinner ready. The holidays can’t really start until we watch these movies.
That being said…they are kind of ridiculous in that fun and slightly cartoonish way.
They are over the top. And slightly unbelievable. And really fun to watch.
They do still hold some of the constants of John Hughes films. Kevin is clearly the outcast in his family. He wants to fit in sometimes and other times he wants to be on his own. During the course of the film he learns a lesson…which is pretty typical for his films.
The end is absolutely crazy. The two thieves would be dead at least three times over from Kevin’s traps. It becomes almost comical, like a live action Wile E. Coyote cartoon.
Overall, it’s a really family friendly and fun movie for the holiday…I highly recommend it if you have older kids.