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Classic movie! I watch this all the time when it's on and never get sick of it! It gives me a warm fuzzy holiday feeling!
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Guys, I'd never seen Home Alone so it was time to pop my cherry. Case in point, I thought the whole thing was the like the last 20 minutes, i.e. Die Hard for Kids. But it's much better paced than that, with the point of view moving from little Kevin to the family to the burglars, so as to give us a stake in everything. A real lesson in Chekhov's principles, everything you see will have a use later on, either as a plot point, a gag, or a death trap. As it is a Christmas movie, its sense of whimsy is appreciated, and it's probably the child's perspective on the angry furnace, for example, that allows to accept a Wile E. Coyote climax in which Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern aren't outright killed. That, or the semi-supernatural moment that makes the situation possible, though the script finds great ways to make us believe a family would accidentally leave one of their own alone while they jet off to France. Fun to see the puzzle pieces click into place, and Catherine O'Hara, as the mom, doesn't take the realization lightly. It's this and the subplot with the neighbor that gives the movie some heart, and so I was wrong to presume it was just slapstick and bad parenting!
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