Aerrow Shapiro’s Favorite Christmas Movies – Home Alone & Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Aerrow Shapiro’s Favorite Christmas Movies
Home Alone & Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
by Aerrow Shapiro (Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power)

Can you imagine what it would be like to be away from your family while trying to thwart some plans from a pair of burglars?  Kevin McAllister has been there before.  In 1990, producer John Hughes (well known for films like Pretty In Pink and Sixteen Candles) hit big with the film Home Alone and its 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McAllister, and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the Wet Bandits (then later the Sticky Bandits in the sequel) Harry and Marv, respectively.  Both films are rated PG with the first one for slapstick violence, mild language, and brief smoking, and the sequel being for comic action and mild language.

In the first film, Kevin was separated from his family while he was asleep as they were getting ready for their trip to Paris for the holidays.  As Kevin became the sole member in the house, he has to take full responsibility on taking care of it, while, at the same time, defending it from the aforementioned burglars trying to claim the neighborhood Kevin was in.
In the second film, Kevin was separated again, but this time through different flights by accident.  His family went to Florida while Kevin wound up in New York.  He then goes to a hotel, and later on during the trip, he stumbles once again into the two burglars Harry and Marv.  He then finds out that one of their plans involving robbing a toy store.

I enjoy watching these two films to the point where I played them as if they’re in heavy rotation on my VCR for various reasons.  Among those reasons include how much potential the plots in those movies have and how the films’ parts were played out as well as how they fit in with the story.

I felt that the plots have so much potential because it asks the question, “What would you do if your family is away?”  And as Kevin would answer at first, he’d have fun with it.  But as the plots progress, he would also answer by taking responsibility, especially when it comes to protecting his household and himself, as well as thwarting the bad guys from causing their crimes.

Also, the elements in the film play out very well to the point that they were, in a way, essential to the films’ plots.  For example, in Home Alone 2, Kevin was watching a gangster film called Angels With Even Filthier Souls, which he would later use to distract the concierge (played by Tim Curry) and the hotel crew from getting him.

Because of how much potential the plot has and how the parts in the film play out in the storylines, I consider Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York as my favorite Christmas movies.


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