5 stars

BY JULIA WINTON

Print A&E Editor

“Home Alone,” released in 1990, is a classic, family holiday movie. The plot of the comedy follows eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) as he accidentally gets left at home during the chaos as his large family prepares to travel for their Christmas vacation. At first, McCallister enjoys the perks of being able to do what he wants whenever, such as eating ice cream and junk food while watching TV all day, and growing accustomed to the responsible “adult” life, however, when two robbers, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), known as the Wet Bandits, attempt to rob his house, he becomes frightened and realizes he must come up with a plan to stop them and a clever one at that. McCallister essentially turns his whole house into a trap, outsmarting the Wet Bandits for the most part and definitely giving them a run for their money, making for one of the best and most enjoyable scenes in the entire film. In the end, McCallister becomes reunited with his family, who learns that the eight-year-old is much more mature than they previously thought, and learns that being surrounded by family and friends is the best gift he could have asked for. The combination of the valuable, heartwarming underlying messages with the numerous comedic scenes within makes “Home Alone” the only one of its kind. Although the movie was extremely popular when it first aired in the 90s, it features an abundance of famous and classic scenes and lines that still make it relevant and well-known in today’s society. “Home Alone” is an exceptional movie with a not only amazing but clever and original storyline.