I watched Home Alone for the first time in 10 years

Joseph LeMasters, writer

One of my favorite Christmas movies is Home Alone. As a child, I would watch this movie non-stop during Christmas time. As kids, I think we all wanted to be in a Home Alone situation. You have the whole house to yourself, with no one to tell you what to do. You can eat whatever you want, I always wanted to make a giant sunday like Kevin did in the movie. Re-watching Home alone I made some new observations that went over my head as a kid.


One of the first things I noticed is how mean the McCallisters are to Kevin. Yeah Kevin can be a bit of a brat but he’s six years old and everyone treats him like he should perfectly behave by then. When Buzz eats his pizza Kevin gets mad and pushes him knocking over some drinks. I think that’s a typical reaction from an upset six-year-old but everyone else thinks he just committed a war crime, his uncle even calls him a little jerk. Kevin’s parents also are pretty bad. They don’t just leave their kid behind once but twice and the second time they lose him in another state.


Kevin’s traps are pretty violent. If Home Alone had real-life physics then Marv and Harry would be, at the very least, horribly mutilated and disfigured and at the very most dead. Another morbid thing I noticed was when Harry and Marv catch Kevin. These guys we going to torture Kevin before they killed him. As a kid, I didn’t realize how messed up Harry and Marv were. I just thought that they were some goofy guys, not supervillains. 


Re-watching Home Alone was a fun trip down memory lane. The score of the movie still tugs at my heartstrings. The setting up and execution of the traps are always fun to watch. Kevin’s scream is still iconic. I would reenact that scene as a kid when I was taking a bath. Watching this movie again made me feel like a little kid again.