The Best Movie to Watch While Home Alone?

With the perfect combination of family-friendly action-packed scenes and feel-good holiday cheer, Home Alone never disappoints. The 1990 classic follows the lovable eight-year-old Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, throughout his eventful time, as the name would suggest, home alone.


Kevin and his family are going to Paris for Christmas, and, as often is the case before a big trip, tensions are high. To make things worse, the morning of the big flight, their alarms do not go off and absolute mayhem breaks out. In the rush, no one remembers to wake Kevin. What kid has never dreamed of this? He spends the day in joyful bliss, eating candy, running up and down the stairs and watching television. Who needs parents anyway? Well it might be helpful when the family is just beginning to realize their big mistake at forty thousand feet.


Brilliant criminal duo Harry and Marv, have other plans: robbing the McCallister’s. The pair, possibly the most iconic robbers in history, are brilliantly played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Their characters bounce unintentionally funny lines off of each other with perfect delivery.


Their plan seems perfect, but little do they know that the house is not empty. Kevin is smarter than you may think. Quickly realizing their plan, he decides it is his duty to defend his home, and the action begins. He spends the night doing the only thing an eight-year-old with a great imagination could do: creating the most innovative and


The pair, possibly the most iconic robbers in history, are brilliantly played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Their characters bounce unintentionally funny lines off of each other with perfect delivery.


quite frankly ruthless at-home booby trap maze possible. He rigs cardboard cutouts to make the house look crowded, violently sets nails and broken glass on the floor, puts tar on the steps outside and so much more. He even sets his brother’s pet tarantula loose after the intruders! The great battle ends with everyone holding their breath as Kevin narrowly escapes on a zipline to the backyard treehouse just before Harry can grab him! The movie ends with the burglars arrested and Kevin and his family reuniting just in time for Christmas. The perfect conclusion to the perfect movie.
Chris Columbus, known for starting the Harry Potter franchise, is one of the most talented child directors in Hollywood. He knows how to make amazing young actors and actresses seem like seasoned professionals, and he understands how to make their performances relatable and heartwarming to kids and adults alike.
This holiday masterpiece could not be complete without a soundtrack to set the tone of every scene. Music is great in any movie, but in a holiday movie, it is essential. When there is a job this important, Columbus could look to no one other than his composer friend John Williams. As always, he does not disappoint. He scores the film with the perfect combination of original orchestral compositions and family sing-along classics including “White Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christ-



This holiday masterpiece could not be complete without a soundtrack to set the tone of every scene.



mas.” He is able to capture so many of the characters’ feelings through sounds, such as when Kevin is in the church, and the clock strikes. As the music begins and Kevin starts running, you can practically feel the adrenaline coursing through you.
Okay so you might be thinking “Yeah Home Alone is great, but so are all the other Christmas movies.” Think again, the numbers say otherwise. For TWENTY-SEVEN years Home Alone was the highest grossing action-comedy ever, and for good reason. When you are sitting around with your family deciding what to watch, everyone can agree on Home Alone. There is always someone who hates Elf because it is too cheesy, or The Grinch because it is overdone and boring, and let’s be honest, who under 60 wants to watch A Christmas Carol? Home Alone is entertaining to everyone. The film appeals to all age groups, not to mention Kevin’s innocence makes it sweet and nostalgic. There are many great Christmas movies that some people love and some people hate, but Home Alone will remain a timeless holiday tradition. When Kevin gets to hug his mom in time for Christmas morning, even the Grinchiest of the Grinches will feel the holiday cheer.

-Ellen Cabin ’24

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