home alone (1990)

By Emily Carter

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother 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 realises that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

One I can now comfortably class as a 'classic', Home Alone was a staple at Christmas time in my household as a child. My brother had it on repeat, and still does today. It has got the kind of storyline you daydream about as a kid - being in charge of the house, coming up with cunning plans to beat the baddies, and NO grown ups. Add some Christmas magic, the love of family and a young Macaulay Culkin and Home Alone gives you those festive warm fuzzies. Watching as an adult you may wonder how you were ok with those scary robbers, but luckily the nostalgia seems to have covered up any of that...But maybe keep it in mind before sharing with the littlies in your life.

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