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Home Alone
HomeAloneCompleteCollectionDVD.jpg
2015 UK DVD box set of all five films
Home Alone
Directed by
Produced by
  • John Hughes
    (Home Alone 1, 2 & 3)
  • Mitch Engel
    (Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House)
  • Lisa Demberg, Adnan Djevic
    (Home Alone: The Holiday Heist)
Written by
  • John Hughes
    (Home Alone 1, 2 & 3)
  • Debra Frank, Steve L. Hayes
    (Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House)
  • Aaron Ginsburg, Wade McIntyre
    (Home Alone: The Holiday Heist)
Starring
Music by
Production
company
Hughes Entertainment
(Home Alone 1, 2 & 3)
20th Century Fox Television, Fox Television Studios
(Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House)
Fox Television Studios
(Home Alone: The Holiday Heist)
Distributed by20th Century Fox (1–3)
20th Century Fox, Disney-ABC Domestic Television (4)
ABC Family, 20th Century Fox (5)
Release date
November 16, 1990 (1)
November 20, 1992 (2)
December 12, 1997 (3)
November 3, 2002 (4)
November 25, 2012 (5)
Running time
414 minutes (all 5 films)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$70 million (1–3)
Box office$914,762,040 (1–3)

Home Alone (stylized as HOME ALONe) is a series of Christmas family comedy films originally created by John Hughes, and directed by Chris Columbus (1 & 2), Raja Gosnell (3), Rod Daniel (4) and Peter Hewitt (5). The films revolve around the adventures surrounding children who find themselves alone during the holiday season and are faced with the challenge of defending their family's house or themselves from invading burglars and criminals.

Film series[edit]

Home Alone (1990)[edit]

Home Alone is primarily a coming-of-age story about an 8-year-old boy named Kevin McCallister. He is the youngest of five children who is frequently tormented by his older brothers and sisters. After events transpire between him and his family, he wishes he had no family when his mother is punishing him for what he feels are unjustified reasons. She warns him to be careful what he wishes for and he ignores it. He wakes up the next day to discover he is the only one left in the house. He thinks his wish came true and that he is finally alone without his obnoxious family. In reality, he was left home by mistake. His family is en route to France for a holiday trip. While his parents realize their mistake and scramble to get back to the United States, Harry and Marv, a pair of thieves known as the "Wet Bandits", attempt to burgle the house and Kevin must foil them with a collection of homemade booby traps. They get arrested at the end of the film. The film became the highest-grossing film of 1990,[1] grossing $476,684,675 worldwide.[2] Despite a lukewarm reception from critics, it was popular with audiences. It was also nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Score for John Williams and Best Original Song for "Somewhere in My Memory", but lost to Dances with Wolves and Dick Tracy respectively. Macaulay Culkin's performance garnered him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but lost to Gérard Depardieu for his performance in Green Card.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)[edit]

Set one year after the first film, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) loses track of his family at the airport to which he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in one of the largest cities in the world, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics, but when he discovers that the burglars he previously encountered are on the loose again he stops them from robbing an elderly man's toy store before Christmas.

Home Alone 3 (1997)[edit]

Home Alone 3 does not center on Kevin, but instead on Alex Pruitt, a young boy who is left home alone with chickenpox but soon recovers. At the same time, four burglars working for a North Korean terrorist group are sent by their boss to retrieve a top-secret microchip that can act as a cloaking device for a missile. They succeed in retrieving it and hide it in a remote controlled car, but due to a luggage mix-up at the airport with the Pruitts' neighbor Mrs. Hess, the car lands in the hands of Alex who is given the car for shoveling the snow in her driveway. The burglars begin systematically searching every house on his street. Once they realize he has the chip, they prepare to invade his house. He devises elaborate traps and bamboozles the four crooks with the help of his pet rat, his brother's pet parrot and some intricate tripwires, all the while monitoring them with a video camera on the race car. The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Sequel, eventually losing the award to Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002)[edit]

The fourth installment was directed by Rod Daniel and premiered as a television film on ABC on November 3, 2002. This film returns to the original's main character, Kevin (played by Mike Weinberg), and one of the two Sticky Bandits, Marv (played by French Stewart). Kevin's parents have separated, and he lives with his mother. He decides to go spend Christmas with his father and his rich girlfriend, Natalie, but finds himself having to deal with his old nemesis Marv, and his new sidekick wife, Vera (played by Missi Pyle), who replaces Harry since he and Marv put their partnership to an end. It was released to Region 1 DVD on October 20, 2003. Filming began on July 29 in Melbourne. Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House is the first film in the series that was not theatrically released.

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)[edit]

On March 15, 2012, ABC Family announced the development of the fifth installment in the Home Alone series. It premiered exclusively on ABC Family's Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas on November 25, 2012.[3] The film stars Christian Martyn, Jodelle Ferland, Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar and Eddie Steeples.[4] The story centers on the Baxter family's relocation from California to Maine, where Finn becomes convinced that his new house is haunted. When his parents become stranded across town, Finn sets traps to catch his new home's ghosts, but instead proves troublesome for a group of three thieves (McDowell, Mazar, and Steeples).

Future[edit]

Stoned Alone[edit]

On July 25, 2018, it was announced by Deadline that Ryan Reynolds was attached to produce Stoned Alone, an R-rated Home Alone reboot, through his Fox-based Maximum Effort production banner, with George Dewey as executive producer, Augustine Frizzell set to direct, and a script written by Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider based on an idea by Fox executive Matt Reilly.[5]

Stoned Alone is reminiscent of that hallowed comedy classic. It centers around a twenty-something weed growing loser who misses the plane for his holiday ski trip. He makes the best of things by getting high. Paranoia sets in and he believes he hears someone break into his house. Turns out thieves have broken in. Fully stoned and fueled by paranoia, he tries to thwart the thieves and defend his castle.

On August 7, 2018, in an interview with Slash Film, Frizzell stated that the script was being tweaked in order to get the emotional side of the story right, that the goal was to make Stoned Alone feel as much like the original Home Alone films as possible, noting how important it was as a fan of the films and their director (Chris Columbus) to get the story right.[6]

It is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read in my life. I got a bunch of scripts, like several a week, and got that one and within three pages I was laughing so hard I thought I was gonna pee my pants [Laughs]. I immediately wanted it. We’re just doing a few tweaks on the script, so it’s really, really funny, but we’re just trying to round out all the things that make it an emotionally well-balanced Christmas film. I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas film, and I’m a huge fan of Home Alone, and so trying to capture all those elements from the original that make it such a special movie to me and combining those in the humor of this hilarious script.

We’ve all, the producers and I and everyone involved, when we signed on we know how important this movie is, and so the goal is we don’t move forward with it until it is what we want it to be. There’s no rushing it, we’re not trying to hit a certain date, we’re just saying, “Until this script is exactly where it needs to be, we are not making this movie.” So that’s what we’re working on right now. We all recognize the importance. All of us are huge Home Alone fans, so we need to make sure this lives up to all our expectations first, and then society will find as much joy in at as we do.

Disney+ Film[edit]

On August 6, 2019, it was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger that a soft reboot of the Home Alone series was in development and would premiere sometime on the company's upcoming streaming service, Disney+.[7][8]

Cast[edit]

Key
  • A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
  • A V indicates the actor or actress lent only his or her voice for his or her film character.
Character Films
Home Alone Home Alone 2:
Lost in New York
Home Alone 3 Home Alone 4:
Taking Back the House
Home Alone:
The Holiday Heist
1990 1992 1997 2002 2012
Kevin McCallister Macaulay Culkin Mike Weinberg
Harry Lime Joe Pesci
Marv Merchants Daniel Stern French Stewart
Kate McCallister Catherine O'Hara Clare Carey
Peter McCallister John Heard Jason Beghe
Buzz McCallister Devin Ratray Gideon Jacobs
Megan McCallister Hillary Wolf Chelsea Russo
Linnie McCallister Angela Goethals Maureen Elizabeth Shay
Jeff McCallister Michael C. Maronna
Uncle Frank McCallister Gerry Bamman
Fuller McCallister Kieran Culkin
Rod McCallister Jedidiah Cohen
Leslie McCallister Terrie Snell
Tracy McCallister Senta Moses
Sondra McCallister Daiana Campeanu
Brooke McCallister Anna Slotky
Old Man Marley Roberts Blossom
Gus Polinski John Candy
Heather McCallister Kristin Minter
Mitch Murphy Jeffrey Wiseman
Mr. Hector Tim Curry
Pigeon Lady Brenda Fricker
Cedric Rob Schneider
E.F. Duncan Eddie Bracken
Alex Pruitt Alex D. Linz
Peter Beaupre Olek Krupa
Earl Unger David Thornton
Burton Jernigan Lenny von Dohlen
Alice Ribbons Rya Kihlstedt
Karen Pruitt Haviland Morris
Mrs. Hess Marian Seldes
Parrot Darren T. KnaussV
FBI Agent Stuckey Christopher Curry
Stan Pruitt Seth Smith
Molly Pruitt Scarlett Johansson
Jack Pruitt Kevin Kilner
Vera Missi Pyle
Mr. Prescott Erick Avari
Molly Barbara Babcock
Natalie Joanna Going
Finn Baxter Christian Martyn
Alexis Baxter Jodelle Ferland
Sinclair Malcolm McDowell
Jessica Debi Mazar
Mr. Hughes Eddie Steeples
Catherine Baxter Ellie Harvie
Curtis Baxter Doug Murray
Simon Hassler Bill Turnball
Mason Peter DaCunha
Mr. Carson Edward Asner
Angels with Filthy Souls / Filthier Souls characters[a]
Gangster Johnny Ralph Foody
Snakes Michael Guido
Carlotta Clare Hoak

Crew[edit]

Role Home Alone Home Alone 2:
Lost in New York
Home Alone 3 Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House Home Alone:
The Holiday Heist
Stoned Alone
1990 1992 1997 2002 2012 TBA
Director Chris Columbus Raja Gosnell Rod Daniel Peter Hewitt Augustine Frizzell
Producer John Hughes John Hughes
Hilton Green
Mitch Engel Kim Todd Ryan Reynolds
Writers John Hughes Debra Frank
Steve L. Hayes
Wade McIntyre
Aaron Ginsberg
Kevin Burrows
Matt Mider
Composer John Williams Nick Glennie-Smith Teddy Castellucci David Kitay TBA
Editor Raja Gosnell Bruce Green
Malcolm Campbell
Michael A. Stevenson
John Coniglio
John Coniglio
Cinematographer Julio Macat Peter Benison
Production Company Hughes Entertainment Fox Television Studios
Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Fox Television Studios
Disney-ABC Domestic Television
ABC Family
Maximum Effort
Distributor 20th Century Fox 20th Television Fox 21 Television Studios TBA

Video games[edit]

Home Alone (1991)[edit]

Home Alone was released in 1991 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Amiga, MS-DOS, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Game Boy. The purpose of the game is to escape the Wet Bandits while bringing all the McCallister's fortunes from the house down to the safe room in the basement. Once all items have been sent down the chute to the basement Kevin must make it past rats, bats, and ghosts he encounters in the basement, then fight the spider king so he can make it to the safe room to lock away all his families riches.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992–1993)[edit]

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was released on the Super NES, NES, and Game Boy in 1992, and the PC, Sega Genesis, and NES in 1993. Though it is based on the film in terms of plot and additional dialogue, the game was different from the film. The NES port uses sound effects from the early 1990s Simpsons games; Bart vs. the Space Mutants for example. The Super NES version, while boasting a soundtrack with the Super NES traditionally realistic sounding instrument synth, suffered due to slightly post-8-bit graphics and sound effects, as well as a disjointed feel of incontinuity between stages. The game got negative reception from Electronic Gaming Monthly.[9]

Home Alone (2006)[edit]

Home Alone is an action game based on the first film and released in Europe only.[10][11] The game was published by Blast! Entertainment Limited and released for the PlayStation 2 on December 1, 2006.[11] The game features 10 levels, each taking place inside a house. The player chooses from one of four playable characters: Carl, Carly, Kelly or Kevin. The player's goal is to use objects to defeat burglars attempting to break into the house. The game includes a two-player option.[10]

Other media[edit]

Home Alone Again with the Google Assistant[edit]

In an advertisement short film for the Google Assistant titled Home Alone Again with the Google Assistant, published on December 19, 2018, Macaulay Culkin reprised his Home Alone role as Kevin McCallister. The ad recreates scenes from the original 1990 film, where Kevin shaves his face, jumps on his parents bed, and decorates a Christmas tree all while asking the Google Assistant to set reminders for him. The advertisement quickly went viral.[12][13] Ralph Foody, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern also appear in their Home Alone roles via archival footage and audio.[14]

Unofficially related media[edit]

Macaulay Culkin appears in three of the five episodes of the Jack Dishel online web series :DRYVRS, in which he portrays a fictional version of his Kevin McCallister character who is PTSD-riddled as a result of the events of Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and an unseen third encounter.[15]

In response to Culkin's appearance, Daniel Stern reprised his role as Marv in a short video titled Home Alone Wet Bandit Resurfaces and Responds to Kevin McCallister’s Threatening Video published on December 24, 2015, in which he sends his old partner in crime, Harry Lime, a plea for help about McCallister hunting down other robbers, promising to return to help him defend himself against Kevin’s traps.[16]

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
United States International Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Home Alone November 16, 1990 $285,761,243 $190,923,432 $476,684,675 #38
#36(A)
#68 $18 million [17]
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York November 20, 1992 $173,585,516 $185,409,334 $358,994,850 #137
#138(A)
#151 $20 million [18][19]
Home Alone 3 December 12, 1997 $30,882,515 $48,200,000 $79,082,515 #1,807 N/A $32 million [20]
Total $490,229,274 $424,532,766 $914,762,040 $70 million
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  • A grey cell with N/A indicates information is Not Available.
  • (A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical and public reaction[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Home Alone 65% (54 reviews)[21] 63 (9 reviews)[22] A[23]
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 32% (53 reviews)[24] N/A A-[23]
Home Alone 3 29% (24 reviews)[25] N/A B+[23]
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House N/A (2 reviews)[26] N/A N/A
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist N/A (1 review)[27] N/A N/A

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ At a couple points in the series, Kevin is seen watching an in-universe series of black-and-white Gangster films known as Angels with Filthy Souls and Angels with Even Filthier Souls respectively. Ralph Foody portrays the main character Johnny in both in-universe films and is the only character to appear alongside the McCallister's and the Wet Bandits in the first two Home Alone films.

References[edit]

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