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  • PG
  • Comedy, Crime
  • 1990
  • 98 mins [R][S]

Home Alone

Home Alone


Smash hit that propelled Macaulay Culkin to into the lap of an unsuspecting world with his turn as a eight-year-old defending his home against two robbers.


The film which turned Culkin into an angel-faced millonaire, this mammoth hit works on a one-joke premise: eight-year-old gets left behind when family head off on Christmas vacation, and they send the rest of the movie trying to get home while he is outwitting two dumb burglars (Pesci and Stern) who have cottoned on to his predicament.

Whatever your view of the morals of a kids film in which the pint-sized protagonist uses home made cartoonish violence against the bad guys, this is engaging and frequently hilarious. But the joke is stretched a bit too far.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Joe Pesci, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Daniel Stern, Macaulay Culkin, Roberts Blossom
  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Writer: John Hughes
  • Producer: John Hughes
  • Photographer: Julio Macat
  • Composer: John Williams

In a nutshell

A kids' film that is by turns crude, sadistic and cringeworthy.

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