Eight-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory. By planting booby traps galore, adorably mischievous Kevin stands his ground as his frantic mother (Catherine O'Hara) attempts to race home.
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- Chris Columbus
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1991 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
- 1991 Academy Award®
- Best Music Song nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
NoLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; making-of featurette; behind-the-scenes featurette; deleted scenes; bloopers; alternate takes; 1990 press featurette; additional featurettes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Home Alone is a hit 1990 John Hughes-directed comedy in which Macaulay Culkin plays a young boy left to fend for himself when his parents, overwhelmed by having to keep track of 11 other kids, mistakenly leave him behind when they fly to Paris. What might be shocking to parents who haven't seen this movie since it first came out is the level of disrespect between kids and adults and the amount of sibling name-calling early in the movie. Adults speak of "nude beaches," and young Kevin is called a "disease" and "puke" by his older siblings and even a "little jerk" by his uncle. On his end, Kevin has absolutely no problem talking back to his mother. The parents themselves don't exactly emerge as positive role models, but then again, if they had been more mindful, the entire premise of the movie would be shot. There's a tremendous amount of slapstick violence in this movie, some of which results in very painful-looking injuries. The main character inflicts serious pain on two would-be burglars -- he trips them down a flight of stairs, burns them, hits them with heavy objects, places sharp objects on the ground for them to step on, and so on. Kevin also is shown watching a violent gangster movie that his parents have forbidden him from seeing. He finds an issue of Playboy in a secret stash in his older brother's room but doesn't express much interest in it. Profanity includes "ass," "bitch," "damn," "hell," and "s--t."
- Sexual Content
- Kevin finds an old Playboy magazine but isn't very interested in it. Adults make reference to "nude beaches."
- Frequent slapstick violence, especially toward the end. Characters fall down stairs, get hit with blunt objects, step on nails and glass, get burned. The lead character shoots one of the thieves trying to break into his house in the groin area with a BB gun. A young boy watches a mafia-themed movie from the 1940s in which a character kills another character with a machine gun while laughing maniacally.
- Siblings pick on their little brother, calling him a "disease" and "puke." An uncle of this boy calls him a "little jerk." Words such as "crap," "horse's ass," "bitch," "damn," "hell," and "s--t."
- Social Behavior
- The film suggests that a child who's left alone can fend for him or herself without adult supervision. It also celebrates violence as a means of solving problems. On the other hand, it also has themes of mending family rifts and finding holiday cheer in unexpected ways.
- Pepsi, American Airlines.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Brief shots of minor characters (adults) drinking and smoking. Champagne drinking on a plane.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it