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      A great family movie

      This is another movie that I pulled out of the big, old collection of movies I have saved for years. I will admit that it is usually Christmas time, which inspires me to wipe the dust of this old movie, and give it a watch, but the great thing about Home Alone, it is great for kids and adults to watch all year round. This movie was released over twenty years ago, that''s a fact I find hard to comprehend, it doesn''t seem that long ago, I was a child, watching this movie for the first time myself. Released in 1990, this movie came to us in a golden era for Hollywood movies, when they were churning out, one great movie after the next, and this movie Home Alone, was without a doubt, one of the best of that time period. (Plot) Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), is from a big family, he is the youngest of five children, and on this particular Christmas, is preparing with his family, to go to Paris on holiday. His big home has up to fourteen family members, running around, getting ready for there holiday, the next morning. It is a busy night, so tea time is off, there is no time to make it, so instead a load of pizza''s are ordered. As the family sit down to eat there pizza''s, Kevin''s bigger brother Buzz, decides to cause some trouble with Kevin, and after a big argument, it is Kevin who is blamed, and sent up to the attic, to sleep early for the night. Kevin is furious with being sent to bed early, especially for something his brother Buzz started, he was blazing angry, with his mum, dad, brother, uncle but especially his brother. That night whilst Kevin sits there alone, full of anger for his family, he makes a wish, his wish was for his family to go, and leave him alone. The next morning, when the Mcallister family wake up, they miss there alarm, making them late, so it is a mad rush in order to catch the plane for Paris. As the family get up, they rush out to the mini busses, check all windows, locks and alarms and they leave for Paris. But after all the rushing around, and family madness, the McCallister''s, did forget one thing, and it wasn''t until they are on the plane to Paris, they realize, they have forgotten Kevin, who is still up in the attic asleep. (Opinions and thoughts) I think this movie Home Alone, is a very exciting movie for kid''s, and a very funny movie for adults to watch. The all around moral of the story, is without a doubt that you should be careful what you wish for. Macaulay Culkin makes this movie so great, his charm and charisma shine through, as he puts in a inspired performance. Children and adults can easily relate to this movie, which is probably, why it has been so popular for so long now. Overall this is a brilliant movie, and one for the whole family, I am sure most people have seen Home Alone by now, but if not, this is certainly a movie you should watch.

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      The McCallisters go on holiday, and forget one small thing......Their nine year old son Kevin.

      == Introduction ==

      I was browsing around a local disount store a few days ago, I was waiting for my daughters mum to finish her shopping. I was having a look at the DVD rack, and I saw how cheap the DVD's were, so I decided that being the holiday season, I would look for some Christmas DVD's to watch with the little one. I saw 'Home Alone' for a really cheap price and that was the first thing to go in the shopping basket.

      == The Film ==

      'Home Alone' is a comedy caper written and produced by John Hughes, who was also responsible for numerous box office hits throughout the 80's, including 'The Breakfast Club', 'St Elmos Fire', 'Uncle Buck' and 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'. It is the holiday season and the McCallister's are getting ready to go away for a Christmas vacation to France. After a fight with his older brother, 8 year old Kevin McCallister is sent to the attic room of the house as a punishment, where he wishes he never had a family. That night there is a small storm that knocks out a power cable, resulting in the McCallister family's alarm clocks resetting themselves, which in turn contributes to the family sleeping in. The family rushes out the door and eventually make it onto their plane, and are half way to France when the parents realize that they have left Kevin home alone. The film centres around Kevin's mum trying to get back to her son, and Kevin dealing with life on his own. There are some funny moments and some really heartwarming moments. The film really kicks in when two burglars brilliantly played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, attempt to rob the McCallister's house, only they weren't banking on one small problem......Kevin.

      == Soundtrack ==

      'Home Alone' was scored by John Williams, and as with other film scores such as the 'Star Wars' films, 'Jaws', 'ET The Extra Terrestrial' etc, the music fits in really well with the film. Being a Christmas film it is also packed full of festive songs such as 'White Christmas', 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree'.

      == DVD Extras ==

      === 1990 Press Featurette ===

      This is a four minute film that was given to the press to advertise the movie. This little feature includes clips from the film, with sound bytes from the cast and crew, discussing what the film is about.


      === The Making of Home Alone ===

      A twenty minute feature documentary with interviews with the cast and crew detailing the making of the film, from script to screen. I thought this was quite interesting, it was good to see how some of the scenes came together and some of the actors points of views on the scenes.

      === Home Alone Around The World ===

      Home Alone was a big hit all over the world and this little extra has various scenes from the film, translated into different languages from all over the world. Some of the scenes that weren't meant to be funny had a funnier element to them with a different language dubbed on top.

      === How To Burglar Proof Your Home: The Stunts of Home Alone ===

      This seven minute featurette has the crew discussing the funniest parts of the movie, the slapstick stunts. It was quite interesting to see how some of the stunts happened, and how very little padding was used to perform them.

      === Where's Buzz Now? ===

      The cast and crew discuss what may have happened to Kevin's older nasty brother Buzz, with some suggestions being that "He will probably have served time somewhere". The featurette finishes with the actor who played Buzz (Devin Ratray) in character explaining what he had been up to since the events of Home Alone.

      === Deleted Scenes/Alternate Takes ===

      This section features fifteen different deleted scenes and alternate takes. I have never been a big fan of deleted scenes, I think if they have been deleted then they weren't good enough for the film, they were deleted for a reason. This didn't change my perception, I still think the best parts were included in the film, and the deleted scenes didn't add anything else to the film.

      === Blooper Reel ===

      Actors forgetting their lines and falling over inappropriately are included in this two minute short.

      === Mac Cam: On Set With Macaulay Culkin ===

      Put a camera in a nine year old actors hands and see the making of Home Alone through the eyes of the child star.

      === Trailers ===

      Three of the original theater trailers for the film.

      === Games ===

      Three fun games for the family to play, in '''Battle Plan''', you have to pick the traps to prevent the burglars getting you, in the same order that they appear in the film, if you guess wrong on three occasions, the burglars catch you and it is game over. This game is played out with cut scenes of the film. In '''Trivia Quiz''', you answer questions about the film using your remote control. In '''Head Count''', you have to keep a close eye on the film clips and answer the question that follows.

      == Price ==

      I picked this up in a bargain store for the bargain price of £2.99. You can buy this from various different retailers for a reasonable price e.g. www.amazon.co.uk has it on DVD format for £3.00 including delivery or of you prefer to watch it on Blu-ray, you can buy it from the same place for £8.00.

      == Verdict ==

      This is a timeless Christmas classic, although it could have been set at anytime during the year and would still have had the same comic appeal. I wasn't sure if Lily-May's attention span would be able to cope with a long film, and aside from a couple of moments where I had to tell her to sit down and watch the film, she sat through it really well. The funniest moments are reserved for Kevin's battles with the burglars and Lily-May was in absolute hysterics, even though I had seen this film countless times, so was I. This is a great film for all the family, I even managed to shed a little tear at the end, I must be getting emotional in my old age. I think this DVD is one for the fans, I personally wouldn't entertain any of the extras, having watched them once, I would, however, watch the film over and over again

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        29.09.2013 16:46
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        A brill family film

        Home Alone is a film that I associate with Christmas because every year it is on without fail at some point over the festive period! My sister had asked me what she could buy my son for Christmas which wouldn't break the bank as she is a student living away at University and I immediately thought of the Home Alone dvd. She actually bought both Home Alone and Home Alone two for him but this review focusses on Home Alone.

        Home Alone was released in 1990 and so it is a film which has really stood the test of time as far as I am concerned with it still being shown on television over Christmas. This film was the one that shot child star Macaulay Culkin to fame. Macaulay Culkin plays eight year old Kevin McAllister who is the youngest in his immediate family and as such seems to be a bit of a pain towards everyone. One Christmas the McAllisters are planning a vacation to Paris alongside some of their extended family and so they are all together in the McAllisters huge house making last minute preperations. The house is absolute chaos with the four adults and what seems like masses of children and teens and so when an argument over pizza starts it erupts in to madness quite quickly and leaves Kevin in the bad books. The next day as everyone over sleeps is even more manic and so the rush to the airport begins where they get to the departures gate just in time to board the plane. Whilst in the air the adults are seated in first class and the children in standard and Kate McAllister, the children's mother, is convinced she has forgotten something. When they land and pass Kevins luggage to and fro between them they soon realise what they have forgotten and that young Kevin is at home....alone!!!

        I love the plot of this film to be honest. It is far fetched because surely noone would actually forget their child and fly away on holiday but because of this you sit down and watch the film without having to think hard about the plot. It means you can just enjoy the film and all that goes on within it. I love how Kevin almost thinks him telling his mother he wishes he didn't have his family is the reason that they aren't there and that he made it happen. Now, my son is eight and he, as I'm sure any other eight year old would be mortified if he were to be left alone and he would be scared. Kevin is totally opposite though! He takes being on his own completely in his stride and eats what he wants, watches films he shouldn't, goes through his brothers room and bounces on his parents bed! He also takes it upon himself to do shopping and laundry once he has come round to the fact that things like this need doing! Like I say, it is unlikely to represent anything in real life but this is part of the beauty of this film!

        Also within this film there are a couple of burglars known by the name the wet bandits who are planning on looting all of the lovely, big and empty homes over the festive period. They think that the McAllisters home will be empty but when they see lights realise that perhaps it isn't. Once they work out that it is a child home alone they plan on robbing the house anyway but they have not bargained on how much of an opponent Kevin will be! Without a shadow of a doubt the part where the bandits try to get in to the house and rob it is the best part of the film. This perhaps only lasts around half an hour but Kevin has set up so many booby traps that leave them with their hair set on fire, paint tins in the head, falling down stairs or through the floor as just a couple of examples and the whole section is hilarious. I know that whenever my son watches this film he will be literally roaring with laughter at this section and it really makes me smile too. No matter how many times we have seen this movie my son still laughs so hard through this section.

        I can see how this film shot Macaulay Culkin to fame to be honest. He was just ten when he played the role of Kevin in this film but he seems so comfortable in the role. He doesn't seem at all nervous at any point and gives a really assured performance. He is believable as an eight year old but as I said the things that go on in the film aren't really likely to happen in real life! I love his interactions with the wet bandits in the film as they are so funny but I also like his relationship with his family and how he realises how much he does miss them when they are gone. There seems to be a particularly close relationship with his mother who is played by Catherine O'Hara. Many of the actors in this film seem to only have small parts really because the bulk of the film focusses on Kevin and his life whilst his family are away and trying to get back to him. The wet bandits played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are excellent in their roles as baddies though! Joe Pesci is definitely the brains of the duo as Harry but Daniel Stern gives an excellent portrayal of the dim Marv too! There is a great scene where there is a tarantula on Harrys chest and Marv is trying to beat it off which is just so funny!

        What I also like about this movie is the feel good factor that it has when you are watching. There is a real message about not always taking someone on based how they look as Kevin is initially very scared of his old neighbour but who comes to be of great help to Kevin as well. There is also a message though about how important family is and how you shouldn't dwell on trivia arguments I think. As this is set at Christmas they do use the Christmas tree, snow and presents to make you feel quite sentimental anyway but I do think the message of family comes through well in this movie.

        The film lasts for 103 minutes and whilst the main pace of the film is quite steady going the last part of the film is where all the action is and this goes quite quickly I think. My son doesn't get bored in this film and he was probably six and a half or so the first time we sat and watched this film together. Younger children may well get bored but I think it is a case of knowing your child really. It has a PG rating and I am happy to let my son watch.

        I think visually the film is quite good. It isn't going to blow you away with special effects but that isn't what the film is about. I love the way the houses are all decorated to look nice at Christmas and the McAllisters tree is beautiful. I think it is perfect for getting you in to that Christmas spirit but you don't have to limit watching just to Christmas time because it is a fun film to watch any time of the year I think and both my son and I would recommend it!

        Thank you for reading my review!

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          08.08.2013 19:22
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          Fab film!

          One thing that I do to get me in the Christmassy mood every year is watch Home Alone. It's a good old family favourite and can never get old, in my opinion.

          The whole film focuses around an eight year old boy, Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin), him and his family and extended family are all meant to be going on holiday to Paris over the festive period. It's the morning of the journey and everyone is in a hurry to get ready to go, a head count is done but the family don't notice that Kevin, who was sent to the room in the attic the night before, wasn't included. The family make it to the airport in time and get comfortable on the flight when Kate McCallister, Kevin's mum, realises they left Kevin at home.

          When Kevin wakes up and realises he is at home all by himself he has a great time, he orders pizza, eats junk, bounces on his parents bed and goes out to do the grocery shopping all by himself. He soon realises that there are two burglars, Harry and Marv, on the prowl on the streets he lives on. Can he protect his house from these two criminals? Will the family make it home in time for Christmas?

          Sometimes films with children as the main actors can be quite annoying to watch with mostly bad acting, that can't be said for this film though, Macaulay Culkin as a boy, is a great addition to this film. He is likable and acts relatively well given his age at the time of filming.

          The film has loads of memorable moments, mostly the comedy scenes with the two burgulars trying to break in as Kevin sets them a variety of traps to try and stop them. One that sticks in my mind more than the others is when Kevin uses cardboard cut outs and mannequins to make shadows of people occupying his house using a number of strings to make them move and be more realistic.

          I wouldn't say this is particularly Christmassy, it's set at Christmas time which makes it a film that is watched every Christmas but I wouldn't say it's the best for getting me into a Christmas mood as that isn't the focus of the entire film.

          There's a reason this film is put on TV every year during the festive period. It is a good family film and people of all ages can watch it and enjoy it, there are many laughs and the acting is good. It's definitely worth a watch.

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            A great family film

            At junior school around Christmas time and always just before the break up for the summer holidays we were allowed to take in board games, as well as that we all sat in front of a television that was wheeled in order to watch a suitable film that someone suggested and then brought in from home.

            I remember most vividly the occasion when we watched Home Alone; I found it genuinely exciting to see this movie as I wasn't taken to the cinema much as a child and so to be given the chance to see it at school with my friends was great. At that time Macaulay Culkin was a massive star, it is sad to see what happens to very young actors as it often appears very difficult for them to make that transition to become taken seriously as adults in the industry and that seems to have happened to him. He did step out with Mila Kunis for a while though who is unbelievably beautiful so the situation has not been completely terrible for him in every respect.

            The film tells the story of the McCallisters and their extended family that are leaving their home in the USA to spend Christmas in France if I remember correctly. The house and the road in which it is situated looks fantastic with the covering of snow and the lights, in fact it appears idyllic, I'm not sure if life is really like this for many people in the states, I imagine Mr McCallister must have had a very good job. The house is full of people who are spending the night there before the flight in the morning, it must be lovely to have a large family like that yet Kevin's (Culkin's dad) appreciation of it is dented due to fact he is picked on and mocked a bit by his siblings and cousins, especially his older brother who comes across as a bit of a meathead. Early in the film Kevin is told to pick up his Micro Machines by his mother, this was really cool as me and my mates had Micro Machines.

            The next day a quirk of fate means Kevin is left all alone by himself, I'm not sure if a mother in real life would let this situation develop but obviously this act is crucial to the whole movie. The rest of the film is taken up by Mrs McCallister trying desperately to get back to her young son; this is extremely tough for her considering the season while at the same time Kevin tries to protect himself and the family home from the attention of a couple of no good criminals, The Wet Bandits. The scenes where Kevin assembles all kinds of traps for the bad guys really are stuff of legend for someone of my age.

            Despite the fact that this really is I suppose a children's film in my view it is tremendously touching, for a start it shows although we can take our families and loved ones for granted we would certainly miss them if they suddenly were no longer around. When you were little and maybe even now there could be people in your street who are considered strange or there are bizarre rumours about them and for this reason they have become quite lonely. Home Alone teaches that you should not always put trust in everything you are told and that appearances can very definitely be deceptive, one such man in the movie becomes an unlikely hero.

            I love films like this and I hope to watch them one day in the future with my own children.

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              Fab film for Christmas

              Well Christmas comes but once a year and with that there are some films which I just have to watch out of tradition and as a kid I loved watching Home Alone and Home Alone 2.

              When I got snowed into the house last week I decided to get all cosy with a Christmas film and pulled out my Home Alone box set and put on Home Alone and despite the film being 20 years old now it still was a joy to watch!

              Home Alone was released in 1990 and the lead character is Kevin McCallister played by Macaulay Culkin the youngest of 5 children. As the family prepare to take a Christmas Vacation to Paris the film begins with the McCallisters rushing round the house frantically trying to pack for the vacation, a policeman is at the foot of the stairs trying to speak with Peter or Kate, Kevin's parents but with Peter's brother's family also in the house 14 family members running around the house trying to get a word with the owners is not easy.

              When a pizza delivery arrives at the house slowly buy surely all of the family members appear towards the kitchen and the policeman can finally speak with Peter who confirms that they are going away for Christmas and have taken the necessary security arrangements to ensure that their house is safe whilst they are away.
              During this time Buzz, Kevin's older brother decides to cause trouble and wind Kevin up, as Kevin reacts he causes a mess in the kitchen and his mother, Kate sends him to bed early on the the third floor and Kevin wishes that he never has to see his family again.

              The following morning the McCallisters all sleep in and find themselves running late for the airport and they rush to make the airport on time, Kevin however wakes in the house to find everyone has gone and he is infact Home Alone. Meanwhile on the plane Kate senses that something is not quite right and Peter puts it down to the fact that he left the garage open and its not until a few moments later she realises they have left Kevin at home.

              As Kevin realises he has been left Home Alone he begins to really enjoy himself as he searches through Buzz's secret stuff and his lifesavings and has extreme pleasure in spending the money on pizza and eating rubbish and watching trash on tv!
              Kevin seems to be having a ball of a time and even manages to go out shopping on his own and this is when he bumps into Harry played by Joe Pesci and Marv played by Daniel Stern that he realises they are not all they seem and he recognised Harry from somewhere and when he overhears them talking about breaking into his family home on Christmas Eve, Kevin decides to scare them off and booby trap the house and lead the police right to them.

              Home Alone is a heart warmingly good film and ideal to watch at Christmas with the traditional songs and christmassy scenes it really puts you in the christmassy mood.

              Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin McCallister very well as we see him as the youngest child be compromised by his elders and take the blame for provoked attacks from the likes of Buzz.
              The storyline of the film is a little far fetched I mean how many parents would get on a plane without realising that one of her children is with them?

              This is a film that even though it is 20 years old to this day I feel it hasn't aged one bit!!

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                This film came out in 1990 and this was the best one out of the 3 of the trilogy although the 2nd one was quite good as well.

                The film stars Macauley culkin as a 10 year old boy called Kevin Mcallister. He stays in America with his family, and every year the family go away for Christmas. All the family are gathered at kevin's house and there is a right housefull of cousins, aunts, uncle's and kevin's brothers and sisters. Over their tea of Pizza, Kevin is a bit cheeky and gets sent to his room. His mum is trying to find out what the problem with kevin is, but then he just talks back again. His mum asks him what he would most want for Christmas and kevin says he wishes everyone would just disappear. His mum thinking that it's just best to leave kevin makes him sleep in the loft away from everyone else.

                The family sleep in in the morning and it is a rush about to get everything and everyone ready. The airport pick up is already waiting on them, so they run about waking everyone and they all go outside and get a head count. All the heads check out so they set off. The only problem was is that the kid next door had been counted, and kevin is still fast asleep in the house.

                When kevin wakes up he thinks hie dream has come true. An empty house with no one to boss him about or to tell him what to eat.
                We see him living how a kid of that age would, ordering Pizza, eating junk and watching tv he is normally not allowed to watch.

                The family figure out what has happened and we see his mum worrying and trying to get back for her boy. All the lenghts I guess a mum would go to.

                Kevin finds out that 2 robbers called the Sticky bandits are planning on robbing his house, so he sets the house full of little traps to protect his house. So the story is all about Kevin trying to outfoil the robbers, about him being able to live quite well on his own - he even goes shopping.

                This is a great film and I know people of all ages that like this. This is usually on around Christmas as it is set at Christmas, and gets the wife into the Christmas spirit. I know it's pretty child like humour, but it's just a simple fun film.

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                  The all time favourite christmas film.

                  Well what can I say? After having first seen the film at 8 years old (now 23), I can honestly say that this is still a favourite Christmas film of mine. I watch it every Christmas, without fail. With the fabulous direction of Chris Columbus, the cast are able to give fantastic performances, from the likes of Macauly Culkin who plays Kevin (Of course!). Joe Pesci who plays the nasty neighbourhood burglar, Harry. Daniel Stern who plays his accompalice, Marv. This is a very enjoyable movie that will have you laughing from start to finish.

                  The story unravells when the McCallister family are "last minute" packing to go on Christmas Vacation to France. After having an argument with his mum the night before, on the morning of the trip, poor Kevin (Macauly Culkin) is left behind at home on his own, while his mother (Catherine O'Hara) doesn't realise they forgot him when they are far into their journey to France. Trying to get back home to their son, Kate and Peter (John Heard), try to get every possible flight back to Chicago. However, Kevin does not become bored when he is at home. He is kept on his feet trying to scare away burglars who want to raid his house full of "goodies". Kevin sets up traps to catch them with, in his house, but finally has a helping hand from a new friend.

                  This film will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing, crying and wondering what is going to happen next. This has aways been a favourite film of mine. It always sets me into the christmas spirit...every year!!

                  There are brilliant performances from the whole cast. Fantastic direction, and also heart warming music that you will want to listen to again and again, by John Williams - the best music film composer that has ever lived!!

                  A great film for all the family to enjoy!!

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                    Great movie for all to enjoy

                    This is another of my favorite movies, and it has been since I was a child. I especially love watching it at christmas time.

                    Home alone is about a boy called Kevin, who is part of a huge family that are all planning to go to Paris for the christmas holidays. The night before they are due to leave for the airport, all of Kevins family are staying in one house, and during dinner an argument arises that sees Kevin told to go sleep in the attic bedroom alone. When he is dragged up the stairs by his Mother, Kevin tells her that he wishes he didn't have a family.
                    During the night there is a storm and the power gets temporarily knocked out, which means the family wakes up late and there is a mad rush to get ready and get to the airport on time. They make the plane but they have forgotten one major thing, Kevin is still asleep in the attic.

                    Kevin is only 10 years old, so being home alone is a major buzz for him, and he gets up to some majorally funny stuff, and just does whatever the hell he likes, especially being so excited that he made his family disappear! He soon stops having so much fun when he finds out his house is the target of a buglary, and he tries everything he can to protect his house, whilst his family attempt to get back from Paris after realising he is not with them!

                    Some total chaos ensues as Kevin tries to protect his family's home from a pair of burglars named Harry and Marv, but will he be ok? And will his family make it home in time for christmas?

                    I think this film is so funny, always has me laughing, and I have truly lost count of how many times I have watched it. Some of Kevins "adventures" make this film what it is.
                    It is a great family film, although some moments may not be suitable for the younger viewers. As this film is based at christmas time, it makes for a great feel good christmas movie, although I do watch it many times thoughout the year too lol.

                    This DVD is available on Amazon for less than £5, so you get a great film for a bargain price. I can not recommend this film enough, if for some reason you have been under a rock since 1990 and not yet seen it, buy it now and enjoy with some popcorn.

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                      A great family Christmas film

                      While I seem to be on theme of Christmas films this week, here is another Christmas film review for you. Home Alone is another of my favourites (yes I do have quite a few). This film was out in 1990 in the cinema and is a film I have been brought up watching from a very young age. I don't think I can remember a year without seeing this film. We used to have it on video but I bought it on DVD last year.

                      Home Alone is a story based around a young boy called Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Caulkin). Kevin is the youngest of a big family at 8 years old and often gets fed up of trying to compete with all the other children. This Christmas his family are going on holiday alongside his Auntie and Uncle and cousins. It is mayhem in the house as they are all packing and getting ready for their trip to France. Meanwhile two burglars Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) are staking the McCallisters neighbourhood to see who will be away for the Christmas period. The two men get very excited when they see all the things inside the McCallisters. Unfortunately Kevin manages to get himself in trouble the night before they all leave and his Mother (Catherine O'Hara) sends him up to sleep in the attic. The next morning the alarms don't go off and the family wake up to find themselves in a mad rush to get ready and to the airport. So busy that they don't even notice that they have forgotten something pretty important... Kevin.

                      The story is a really fun one that provides for some great comedy moments. It is though pretty unrealistic, there are many parts in the film that you think that just wouldn't really happen. Would parents really forget one of their children even if they are in a mad rush? I would like to think not, despite this you are still able to believe that his parents are good parents who love him and would do anything to get back to him. I don't think the unrealistic nature of some parts of the films effect your enjoyment though. The main point of the film is to remember why Christmas is important, to be around the people that you love and that point is made well. There are both serious and more humorous elements in the film and these work well together to make it a fun and also sentimental story.

                      The character of Kevin as I said is the main character in Home Alone. He is a young boy of only 8 who thinks he knows best. He also shows that he is mature beyond his years, though the child in him still comes out. He is a great character that was created and I think when he is Home Alone he does a lot of the stuff we all would have loved to do if we were Home Alone as children like eat ice cream and watch scary films. The other main characters are the burglars. Although we don't really get to learn a background to these characters you do get to learn that they are very different. Harry is the cleverer one of the two and is the one that comes up with the plans. Marv on the other hand tends to do more things that are likely to get them both caught. Even though the burglars are bad guys, you do in a way get to like them and the things they do are very funny. They are what makes the film so humorous. The way they react and respond to each other creates some great moments.

                      The acting of Macaulay Caulkin in this film shows the potential he had as an actor. He was very young when in this film, only about 9 years old and yet he does a brilliant job in the role. Some of his facial expressions and the way that he speaks is far older than his years, and really makes you believe the character he is playing. It is quite strange seeing how young he seems in this film sometimes as he is older than me yet I will always see him as Kevin in Home Alone. The acting of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern is also brilliant. As I said before the characters don't have that much depth but they do have to put up with an awful lot. I love how persistent they are and their reactions to some of the things that happen to them are hilarious.

                      There are some good Christmas songs in the film so it does get you in the mood. It has a really nice Christmas message to it which isn't focused on wholly but does shine through.

                      Home Alone is 99 minutes long, the perfect length for a family comedy. It is rated a PG and I think is certainly suitable for the whole family. It is a little dated being nearly 20 years old but I don't think you notice that much and I think children now would still enjoy it although it is more a nostalgic thing for me.

                      You can buy this DVD from around £3 on Amazon, which is great value for money.

                      Overall Home Alone is a great family comedy film with a lovely Christmas message.

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                        28.12.2009 00:51
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                        An all time Christmas classic that never looses it magic

                        Every year this film is shown at Christmas (originally released in 1990) and still after watching it a countless number of times it still makes me laugh.

                        Its Christmas time and Macauley Culkin plays the role of young Kevin McAllister who is accidentally left home alone by his family when they jet off to France on holiday.

                        Kevin's mother (Catherine O'Hara) realises they have forgotten Kevin mid flight and then naturally tries desperately to get back home. At first Kevin loves the peace and quiet of having the house to himself but things don't run smoothly for long. Two burglars known as the Wet Bandits (Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern) are robbing houses in the neighbourhood and Kevin's house is one of them.

                        If you haven't seen the film I wont spoil the rest but lets just say little Kevin doesn't give the Wet Bandits an easy time of it and there are some hilarious and very painful scenes. Director John Hughes who is responsible for many excellent films such as Uncle Buck and Ferris Bewlers Day Off has delivered another classic with this one.

                        Watch it you wont be disappointed.

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                        26.12.2009 12:28
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                        A fab Christmas film

                        Home Alone is almost like a symbol of my childhood but until yesterday I hadn't seen it for years. I forgot just how great of a film it is! This film was released in 1990 and was written and produced by John Hughes. It was directed by Chris Columbus who is also responsible for films such as Harry Potter 1 - 3 and Night At The Museum.

                        The McCallister's are hectically trying to get ready for a trip to Paris for the next day. During all the stress, one of the younger sons, Kevin (McCaulay Culkin), gets into arguments with his siblings and parents causing him to wish he didn't have a family. The next morning, due to a power outing during the night, the family wakes up late for their flight and in all the rush forget Kevin! It's not until their halfway to France that they realise their mistake - meanwhile Kevin is having the time of his life on his own thinking he made his family disappear.

                        The night before, a thief, Harry, impersonated a police officer and learned the family would be away as well as all their security systems meaning him and his partner, Marv, could burgle the house at some point that week. At first being deterred by hearing the TV on the in the house, they later realise the little boy is home alone and decide to rob the house anyway. Little do they know the lengths Kevin is willing to go to to defend his house! We then see the thieves falling down stairs, slipping down ice, stepping on glass ornaments, losing their shoes and socks to tar and having tarantulas thrown on them.

                        The film is hilarious but not always in a childish way like the majority of Christmas films. One of the funniest parts is when Kevin uses a video to speak to the pizza guy; "Keep the change, you filthy animal!" and then video ensues a series of gun shots leading the pizza boy to run/crawl away in fear!

                        Culkin's acting is not brilliant here, but he does give the part a lot of childish charm. There's a lot of familiar faces including Joe Pesci and Catherine O'Hara so the acting and cast overall isn't too disappointing!

                        This is definitely the perfect Christmas film for both parents and children because both will find it hilarious! It is also very touching and teaches some lessons on the importance of family.

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                          17.12.2009 16:29
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                          Definately in a top 10 christmas film list

                          This is currently being re-run on Sky, and its a testament to its quality that compared with the other movies currently running, they pale in comparison. It still manages to hold its own, despite almost 20 years old and the premise for the storyline is very original and children today, would still easily be able to relate to it.

                          In this film we see Macaulay Culkin's character, Kevin, get left behind in the Mcallister home as his extended and immediate family all head to France to Christmas. As such he is left to his own devices and has to come to terms to being only 8 years old and home alone at Christmas. Fortunately for Kevin though he finds that he is more mature and capable than one would expect a child of his age to be.

                          The problem for Kevin was that the area was being preyed upon by 2 criminals led by Joe Pesci and Kevin has to defend his home and outwit this thieving pair. The charm and draw of this movie how he manages to do this in such a clever way. Without spoling the plot/scenes in the movie, but just to give you a taste,in one scene he makes cardboard cut outs of a whole party and fixes them to a train set to create a shadow effect through the curtains to give the impression that the house was fully occupied.


                          If you want a light hearted , all round family film, as clever as it is entertaining then this is for you. I think this will really stand the test of time and shows entertainment does not have to be vulgar.

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                          14.12.2009 19:10
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                          a funny festive film!

                          This film is an absolute Christmas classic and if you don't already own a copy then I suggest you get on play.com and buy Home Alone One - and the sequel Home Alone Two in a box set, for the bargain price of £6.99.

                          Home Alone was released in the 1990's and it has become a cult classic, even though it doesn't feature Santa Clause and the main star is an eight year old boy called Kevin McCallister (played by a young Macaulay Culkin).

                          The McCallister family decide to go away for Christmas holidays and the whole family (including about 14 children) descend upon Kevin's house. After being taunted by older brother Buzz, Kevin ends up being sent to the basement for being naughty. However when the McCallister family miss their alarms in the morning, they race to the airport to catch their plane and Kevin is accidentally left behind - his Mum doesn't realise this until she is flying over the Atlantic!

                          Kevin wakes up, realises he is alone and starts to enjoy his new-found freedom, but unbeknown to Kevin, the house is being targeted by a pair of robbers, who go by the name of the 'wet bandits'. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern star as the robbers who get more than they bargained for when they target the McCallister home.

                          When Kevin realises that his home is under attack, he does what any eight year old would do... he sets lots of booby traps! The battle then begins... eight-year-old Kevin V's a pair of robbers!

                          This film is full of slapstick humour and the stunts that are pulled are very clever, elaborate and funny.

                          This is a fantastic family film that I thoroughly recommend; it's perfect to get you into the festive mood. Five out of five stars from me!

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                            13.12.2009 13:00
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                            Comedy for the whole family

                            Home Alone is a great family comedy and a film that sort of fits with the xmas time of year as it has a festive theme to it and is a funny film that people of all ages can enjoy.

                            The star of the film is played by Macaulay Culkin a pasty faced wide eyed youngster his character Kevin McCallister is accidently left behind when his family fly out to Paris to celebrate the xmas holidays. At first he is scared at being on his own but he soon learns of the benefits of having the freedom of the house however there are others who are looking to take advantage of peoples abscence at this time of year in the form of two low life and rather incompetent crooks who are busy robbing the houses on the street as a power cut has knocked out the burglar alarms sytems in the area.

                            Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern star as the seedy crooks who find that this particular youngster on his home turf is more than a match for them.

                            There is lots of slapstick humour in this film and while it is rather cheesy and overly sentimental in places the whole thing combines together and works really well, kids will love this film as they see one of their own out witting the adults with some great traps and inventions.

                            Forget the fact that these days child services would whisk the young thing away from his forgetful self obsessed parents and you have a nice simple film which will have you laughing out loud. Pesci and Stern are excellent in their roles while Culkin is nice and cute.

                            A super family film that usually gets an airing over the holiday period.

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