What is it: When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
Why I should watch it: This Christmas classic is a fun comedy that leaves you with an important message of family and love. You will laugh and cry and want to watch this movie every holiday season.
What's in it: "Home Alone" is rated PG for slapstick violence and some language. The movie is OK for ages 9+. Even though Kevin handles the situation in his own unique way, the premise that men are trying to rob his house can be disturbing for some kids.
Fun tidbit: The picture Kevin finds of "Buzz's girlfriend" was a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl because Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that. The boy that was used in the photo was the art director's son.
What reviewers say: "Classic holiday film. There is enough in it to keep adults and kids entertained. It was written by John Hughes who in the 80s and early 90s wrote many classic comedy films. It is just a good slapstick comedy and will put you in the Christmas mood. A must see every Christmas." -Clinnel
Where can I find it: "Home Alone" is available on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.