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Home Alone is a movie series that was based on the adventures of a boy named Kevin (with the exception of the third film which focuses on a child named Alex Pruitt). The term usually refers to the first film in the series, which at the time was the third highest grossing film yet, making a major star of lead actor Macaulay Culkin.

Home Alone

After a fight with his older brother, Buzz, over pizza, Kevin McCallister (Culkin) gets sent to the attic bedroom, where he wishes that his family would simply disappear. An electrical line failure during the night resets all the alarm clocks, so the next morning the rest of the family, who has overslept, rushes to leave to go on a Christmas vacation to Parismarker, Francemarker. During the confusion, Kevin is accidentally left at home and experiences what it is like to be independent for the first time. At the same time two intruders, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), plan to break-into the (almost) vacant home. Kevin musters up a plan not only to stop the burglers but also to punish them through different boobytraps set around his house, which include flying paint cans, a bb gun, and a doorknob heated with a fire poker.

The movie is set around Christmas 1990 and launched a series of sequels and a career for Culkin.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Kevin McCallister and his family are taking another Christmas vacation, this time to Miamimarker, Floridamarker. During the chaos at the airport, Kevin gets separated from his family and accidentally gets on a plane to New York Citymarker. After enjoying himself there for a while, he runs into Harry and Marv from the original film, who have escaped from prison. Marv, the tall robber is essentially the "Lackey" and follows Harry's orders into their demise.

Home Alone 3

The film does not revolve around Kevin but centers on Alex Pruitt, a young boy who is home alone with the chickenpox. At this time, four burglars working for a North Koreanmarker terrorist group are sent by their boss to obtain a top-secret microchip that can act as a cloaking device for a missile. They succeed in retrieving the chip 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 lives across the street from her. The four burglars, three men and one woman, know the car is on Alex's street. So they search every house on the street. But Alex uses the car to get a video of them. After that, they both prepare for a small battle, Alex prepares the house, and the burglars prepare to break into the house. The burglars fall for all the traps and Alex captures three of them. The fourth burglar nearly gets away, but Alex's brothers' parrot reveals him, by blowing up the igloo he is hiding in.

Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House

The fourth and final installment of the series, Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House, premiered as a television movie on ABC on November 3, 2002. Mike Weinberg takes over the role of Kevin McCallister and French Stewart replaces Stern as Marv Merchants. In the film Kevin's parents have divorced and he lives with his mom. He decides to go spend Christmas with his dad and his rich girlfriend, Natalie, but finds himself having to deal with his old nemesis Marv, and his new sidekick, Vera (played by Missi Pyle). Directed by Rod Daniel, it was shot in Rondeboschmarker, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africamarker. It was released to Region 1 DVD on October 20, 2003.

Box Office

Title Original Release Date Director Time Length Worldwide Gross
Home Alone November 16, 1990 Chris Columbus 103 minutes $476,684,593
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York November 20, 1992 Chris Columbus 120 minutes $358,994,790
Home Alone 3 December 12, 1997 Raja Gosnell 102 minutes $79,082,516
Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House November 3, 2002 Rod Daniel 89 minutes n/a (television movie)
Total for all films 414 minutes $914,761,898


Reception

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Top Critics
Home Alone 47% N/A 63/100 4 1/2 *
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York 18% N/A N/A 4 1/2 *
Home Alone 3 24 % N/A N/A 4 *
Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House N/A N/A N/A N/A


References

  1. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=522&art_id=ct20020902105658763F450588&set_id=1



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