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It's December 1st which means Christmas is around the corner. Every week of the month of December, we will be reviewing a Christmas movie. We will start with a movie that everyone has seen and if you haven't seen it, you're living under a rock. We are talking about the Christmas classic Home Alone of course.
Home Alone is about a boy named Kevin McCallister being left home alone by his family when his family goes on a Christmas vacation to Paris. Kevin is forced to defend his house from criminals Marv and Harry aka The Wet Bandits. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister and is the reason why the movie is so great. His presence on screen is astounding for how young he was at the time. The movie gives some of the most famous quotes people still say today. "Buzz, your girlfriend... woof!" and "keep the change, ya filthy animal" are two quotes that are timeless.
The criminals Marv and Harry are played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci. They play the stupidest criminals in movie history and it is pure entertainment. The classic scene of Joe Pesci's head getting burnt will never not be funny. Daniel Stern slipping on the ice will also never not be funny. They could never outsmart Kevin's elaborate schemes which makes it funny because he is only 8 years old.
The adults in this movie are some of the dumbest adults in movie history. How can a mom and dad leave their son home alone while they go to Paris? How do they not know their son isn't there when they are on the plane? The only smart adult in the film is old man Marley. Marley gives good advice to Kevin that serves him well and Kevin gives advice to Marley that helps Marley. That advice leads to a surprising emotional part of the film that leaves the viewer with this message: Never take your family for granted and also to never leave your 8 year old child home alone.
What makes Home Alone so great is anyone can enjoy it. Whether you are 10 years old or 60 years old, the film does a great job of making it enjoyable for everyone. It is a timeless classic that will be watched during Christmas time for years to come. If you haven't watched it yet, you should watch it immediately because you will enjoy the film and wished you saw it sooner.
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