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Home Alone

Directed byChris Columbus
Produced byJohn Hughes
Written byJohn Hughes
StarringMacaulay Culkin / Joe Pesci / Daniel Stern / John Heard / Catherine O’Hara
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyJulio Macat
Edited byRaja Gosnell
ProductioncompanyHughes Entertainment
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dateNovember 10, 1990 (Chicago)November 16, 1990 (United States)
Running time103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million

Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, and Catherine O’Hara. Culkin stars as eight-year-old Kevin, who defends his home from burglars Harry and Marv (Pesci and Stern) after his family accidentally leaves him behind on their vacation.

Home Alone was filmed between February and May 1990 in locations throughout Illinois. It was originally set to be distributed by Warner Bros., but transferred to 20th Century Fox when Hughes exceeded Warner Bros. $10 million budget.

Home Alone premiered on November 10, 1990, in Chicago, and entered wide release in the United States on November 16, 1990. With a total gross of $476.7 million, it was the highest-grossing live-action comedy until The Hangover Part II in 2011, and made Culkin a child star. It received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Culkin, as well as two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score, which was composed by John Williams, and Best Original Song for “Somewhere in My Memory”. Since its release, Home Alone has been frequently listed as one of the best Christmas films of all time and created a film franchise that started with the 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which is the only Home Alone sequel to have most of the original cast reprising their roles.

IMDb’s One Star reviews from the last decade

Is this a Christmas movie?

brittanyhoule-15487 9 January 2020

Why????????????/ Why do people want to watch this trash on Christmas? It’s literally about a boy who tortures robbers that evaded his home. Where is the Christmas spirit? Where is Santa? Nothing about this movie screams Christmas. So, why is it a popular Christmas movie? It’s just a 2 hour lie. We should boycott this movie from being a apart of the Christmas season and watch other movies like ‘The Santa Clause” or hell, even ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is a better Christmas movie than this! Trash. Trash. Trash.

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i havent left my house in months

boivin-84839 22 December 2018

This movie made me extremely uneasy. the two idiots have no brain and do not understand the concept of thinking. their idiocy made me scared to further interact with others, resulting in me isolating myself from the outside world. i am indeed now, home alone.

7 out of 41 found this helpful.

This is a comedy?

tomleibowitz 25 December 2017

An 18 year old white Gary Coleman makes lots Jim Carey faces and the “jokes” are people getting hit in the head with bricks??!?!!? This movie sucks beyond belief. There are so many actually funny Christmas movies (e.g., A Christmas Story) that no adult should ever watch it. And I advise against ever showing your kids a movie senseless violence is a lame excuse for comedy.

8 out of 32 found this helpful.

Does anyone else loath this piece of garbage as much as me?

mortarmusic3000 9 December 2017

This terrible piece of garbage deserves a zero, actually i would vote negative numbers if i could. As an adult this is a big reason I am beginning to hate Christmas. What a terrible cruel movie. There are literally no redeeming characters in this film except mabey the next door neighbor. I hate Mccaulley Culkin. I don’t see how you can get any enjoyment out of this thing unless you are totally sadistic and have no conscience. Plus the fact it is the stupidest piece of garbage I’ve ever seen. It’s not funny and there is nothing about this that says family entertainment. It’s hard for me to believe that I seem to be the only one who feels this way. The characters in this thing, my god. It just makes me want to vomit, and then cry bitterly how people can be so cruel, kids and adults alike. Pieces of garbage every one of them.

8 out of 37 found this helpful.

Kevin McCallister is left home alone and has to deal with two criminals hot on his tail.

jackgreen_17 10 December 2012

This movie served merely as the platform for Home Alone 3. Not only was Macaulay Culkin not nearly as good as Alex D. Linz, but the fact that it took this franchise two entire movies to build the scene for number three was rather disappointing.

The gags were simply too unrealistic, and the fact that these criminals could not outwit a small child is unbelievable. Not only was Alex D. Linz far cuter than Macaulay Culkin, but he was far better in the role of the abandoned child. The rare highlight in this movie is the break out appearance of John Candy.

To fully grasp the quality distance between Home Alone 1 and Home Alone 3, all one must do is observe the fame to which each main actor went on to after their respective movie(s). Alex D. Linz was the star of the classic, Max Keeble’s Big Move. On the other hand, Macaulay Culkin was linked to the late Michael Jackson.

2 out of 33 found this helpful.

WAY too violent. THIS got by with a PG??????

preppy-3 2 August 2010

A heavily dysfunctional family are going away for the Christmas holidays. They accidentally leave 8 year old Kevin (the annoying Macauley Culkin) alone at home. Other than doing what a normal kid would do (go to a neighbor or call the police) he decides to stay at home all alone. Two burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern–both who deserve better) try to break in. Culkin manages to single-handedly set up elaborate bobby traps to stop them.

What a violent sick piece of garbage! I caught this is a theatre back in 1990. I saw it after a long week at work and expected a mindless fun PG movie. I was horrified by what I got. For starters the story was impossible. Leaving behind an 8 year old kid by mistake??? Come on! Also the whole family is heavily dysfunctional and not at all funny. Culkin manages to set up elaborate traps and stuff that no 8 year old could ever do. When Pesci and Stern show up the movie goes from stupid and unbelievable to extremely violent. These poor guys repeatedly get burnt and hit repeatedly on the head and face again and again–and it’s all played for laughs! I was sickened by the level of violence in this film. How did this get a PG rating???? Also violence against people is NOT funny. It got to the point that I was rooting for the burglars. Aside from all this it just simply isn’t funny. Sick, stupid and unbelievable yes–but NOT funny.

The acting is as bad as you’d expect. Culkin is annoying from the start. Not cute at all–you want the little brat to get it badly. Stern and Pesci do what they can with nothing roles. Still, I realize I’m not the audience for this. In the theatre I saw it with was full of families with their kids. During the violence all the adults sat there horrified while all the little kids were screaming (literally) with laughter. A few parents dragged their kids out of there–I wish I had joined them. This was (inexplicably) a huge hit and led to the thankfully brief career of Culkin. Avoid this like the plague and definitely do NOT let small kids see it. A 1.

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