You’ve already read about “White Christmas” (No. 12), and “Frosty the Snowman” (No. 11) and now it’s time to enter the top 10. Are you all excited? Me too!
Just so you all know I’ve been trying to watch all of the movies so I know what the heck I’m talking about when I write my take on the film. Last Sunday, the wife, son and I sat down with my parents and grandparents to watch this Christmas film…
No. 10 – Home Alone (1990)
Directed by: Chris Columbus. Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
Total Points: 97 (Highest Rank No. 2 – twice. Named on 24 ballots, 65-percent of the ballots, with an average rating of 4.0. Kevy’s No. 9).
Tagline (from IMDB.com): A Family Comedy Without the Family.
Kevin McCallister: [gleefully] I made my family disappear.
My take on the film: Ahhh…nothing says the Spirit of Christmas more than leaving one of your kids at home – alone – during the holiday season while you and the rest of your family fly to Paris for Christmas. Behind all the silly falls and all the wily tricks that Kevin plays on the self-proclaimed “Wet Bandits” there is a sweet message about the Christmas season – spending time with your family. No matter how much you dislike them during the rest of the year, Christmas is for spending and enjoying time with your family. I don’t know if this is the reason it was named on 24 ballots, it’s probably because it was hugely popular when it was released and made Macauley Culkin a household name.
“My family looks forward to watching this each Christmas season. We know ahead of time what antic is coming and yet still laugh at the hilarity of it all. It’s one of those movies that we don’t get tired of. All of us from Gramma down to youngest grandson, enjoy it,” says Lainey, who picked Home Alone as her No. 1 Christmas movie.
Fun facts about the film: The concept for this movie originated during the filming of a scene in Uncle Buck (1989) in which Macaulay Culkin plays a character who interrogates a would-be-babysitter through a letterbox. Joe Pesci kept forgetting that he was filming a “family” movie during his characters on-screen outbursts so director Chris Columbus advised him to say “fridge” instead of the “F-word”.