Home Alone

20th Century Fox Released 1990




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Movie Summary

Chris Columbus

Kevin McCallister is a young boy who is accidentally left at home for Christmas. The McCallisters are a large family with Kevin being the youngest. They are planning to spend their Christmas with relatives in Paris, France and after a hectic morning getting ready to leave, wind up forgetting to bring Kevin. He wakes up to an empty house and is overjoyed as he has been annoyed by his family for quite some time. He indulges himself in living in a house with no rules and no one else to consider. Eventually the house is broken into by the Wet Bandits, Marv Merchants and Harry Lyme and Kevin is forced to set up a series of elaborate booby traps in order to protect himself. The thieves eventually get their hands on Kevin and are about to presumably kill him when he is saved by next door neighbor Marley, who Kevin has always been scared of. The next day, the rest of the family returns home and Kevin is relieved to see them after all he has been through.



Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times

    Kevin has the potential to be the mawkish child or the obnoxious little adult so common on screen, but he is neither. Played with great glee by Macaulay Culkin, he is a totally end...

  • 80

    Washington Post

    This holiday contender from John Hughes is too crass, too loud and too violent to be added blithely to Christmas viewing traditions. But it is funny.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All plausibility is gone, we sit back, detached, to watch stunt men and special effects guys take over a movie that promised to be the kind of story audiences could identify with.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Linnie: (to Kevin) You're what the French call les incompetents

    • Buzz: Check it out, old man Marley.
      Rod: Who's he?
      Buzz: you ever heard of the South Bend Shovel Slayer?
      Rod: No.
      Buzz: That's him. Back in '58 he murdered his whole family and half the people on his block... with a snow shovel. Been hiding out in this neighborhood ever since.
      Rod: Well, if he's the Shovel Slayer, how come the cops don't arrest him?
      Buzz: not enough evidence to convict. They never found the bodies. Everyone around here knows he did it. And, it'll just be a matter of time... before he does it again.
      Rod: What's he doing now?
      Buzz: Her walks up and down the streets at night salting the sidewalks.
      Rod: maybe he's just trying to be nice.
      Buzz: No way. See that garbage can full of salt? That's where he keeps his victims. The salt turns the bodies into mummies.

    • Kevin: Everyone in this family hates me!
      Kate: Then maybe you should ask Santa for a new family.
      Kevin: I don't want a new family, I don't want any family. Families suck!
      Kate: Just stay up there. I don't want to see you again for the rest of the night.
      Kevin: I don't want to see you again for the rest of my life, and I don't want to see anyone else either.
      Kate: I hope you don't mean that. You'd feel pretty sad if you woke up tomorrow morning and you didn't have a family.
      Kevin: No I wouldn't.
      Kate: Then say it again. Maybe it will happen.
      Kevin: I hope I never see any of you jerks again.

    • Peter: What's the matter? Honey?
      Kate: I have a terrible feeling.
      Peter: About what?
      Kate: That we didn't do something.
      Peter: Nah, you feel that way because we left in such a hurry. We took care of everything, believe me, we did.
      Kate: Did I turn off the coffee?
      Peter: No. I did.
      Kate: Did you lock up?
      Peter: Yeah.
      Kate: Did you close the garage?
      Peter: That's it. I forgot to close the garage. That's it.
      Kate: No, that's not it.
      Peter: What else could we be forgetting?
      Kate: ... Kevin!

    • Kevin: I took a shower, washing every body part with actual soap. Including all my major crevices...including between my toes and in my belly button...which I never did before but sort of enjoyed. I washed my hair with adult formula shampoo and used cream rinse for that just washed shine. I can't seem to find my toothbrush, so I'll pick one up when I go out today. Other than that, I'm in good shape.

    • Megan: We're here rotting in this apartment. Kevin's at home. Mom's at the airport.
      Buzz: So?
      Megan: You're not at all worried about Kevin?
      Buzz: Why should I be? You know, he's acted like a jerk once too many times and this time he caught it in the butt.
      Megan: He's so little and helpless. Don't you think he's flipped out?
      Buzz: The little trout can use a couple of days in the real world.
      Kevin: You're not at all worried that something might happen to him?
      Buzz: No, for three reasons: A, I'm not that lucky. Two, we have smoke detectors and D, we live in the most boring street in the United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen. Period.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget $18,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $285,761,234 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $476,684,675 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $551,255,714
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $919,561,926

    • Other Production Companies:
      John Hughes Productions

    • Filming Locations:
      Winnetka, illinois
      Chicago, Illinois
      Evanston, Illinois
      Oak Park, Illinois
      Highland Park, Illinois
      Paris, France
      Wilmette, Illinois

    • Taglines:
      1. A Family Comedy Without The Family.
      2. When Kevin's Family Left For Vacation, They Forgot One Minor Detail: Kevin. But Don't Worry... He Cooks. He Cleans. He Kicks Some Butt.

    • Music:
      Somewhere in My Memory and Star of Bethlehem
      Written by John Williams and Leslie Brieusse
      Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
      Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
      Performed by Mel Torme
      Please Come Home for Christmas
      Written by Charles Brown and Gene Redd
      Performed by Southside Johnny Lyon
      White Christmas
      Written by Irving Berlin
      Performed by The Drifters
      Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
      Written by Johnny Marks
      Performed by Brenda Lee
      Run Rudolph Run
      Written by Johnny Marks
      Performed by Chuck Berry
      How the Grinch Stole Christmas
      Written by Theodore Giesl and Albert Hague
      Santa Claus is Coming to Town
      Written by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots
      Carol of the Bells
      Written by Peter Wilhousky

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Original score
      2. Original song - "Somewhere In My Memory"


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