Home Alone Special

Teruko Okabe 1991/09/01



Home Alone is a classic American Christmas movie tells the story of Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation to Paris for Christmas. The movie was released in 1990 and has since become a beloved holiday favorite.

After realizing that he has been left alone, Kevin initially enjoys his newfound freedom. However, he soon realizes that two burglars, Harry and Marv, are planning to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Determined to protect his home, Kevin sets up a series of booby traps to thwart the burglars’ attempts to break in.

As Kevin comes up with creative ways to defend his home, he also learns important lessons about family and responsibility. Meanwhile, his parents desperately try to make their way back to Chicago from Paris in order to reunite with their son.

The movie is filled with memorable moments, including Kevin’s encounter with the “Old Man” Marley who lives next door and the iconic scene where Harry steps on a nail while trying to enter the house.

In the end, Kevin successfully defends his home from the burglars and is reunited with his family just in time for Christmas morning. The movie ends on a heartwarming note as Kevin’s mother apologizes for leaving him behind and they all share a joyful holiday together.

Home Alone has become a beloved classic not only because of its comedic moments and thrilling action scenes but also because of its heartwarming message about the importance of family. It’s a movie that families can enjoy together every holiday season.




Home Alone is a classic comedy film that was released in 1990. The film, directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes, stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind by his family during the Christmas holidays. Home Alone has become a staple of the Christmas season and remains one of the most beloved holiday films.

The movie begins with Kevin being bullied by his older siblings and cousins while his parents prepare for their trip to Paris for the holidays. After being sent to sleep in the attic as punishment, Kevin wakes up to find that his family has left for their vacation without him. At first, Kevin is thrilled to have the house all to himself but soon realizes that he must defend his home from two burglars, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), who plan on robbing every house on Kevin’s block.

What follows is a series of hilarious hijinks as Kevin takes matters into his own hands and booby-traps his home with various contraptions such as swinging paint cans, tar-covered stairs, and hot doorknobs. As Harry and Marv continue their attempts to break in, they are met with increasingly elaborate traps that ultimately lead to their downfall. Meanwhile, Kevin learns important lessons about responsibility, family, and the true meaning of Christmas.

One of the things that makes Home Alone so appealing is its timeless humor. Even after 30 years since its release, many of the jokes still hold up today. Macaulay Culkin’s performance as Kevin McCallister remains iconic and memorable, capturing both the innocence of childhood and the resourcefulness needed to outsmart two experienced burglars.

Another strength of Home Alone is its heartwarming message about family and forgiveness. As much fun as it is watching Kevin take down Harry and Marv with ingenious pranks, the film’s real heart lies in its portrayal of Kevin’s relationship with his mother (Catherine O’Hara) and the rest of his family. Through his experiences, Kevin learns to appreciate the love and support that he has from his family, and the importance of forgiveness.

In addition to its humor and heart, Home Alone features a memorable soundtrack by John Williams that perfectly captures the holiday spirit. The film’s iconic theme song, “Somewhere in My Memory,” is as synonymous with Christmas as any other carol or hymn.

However, it is worth noting that some critics have criticized Home Alone for its violent content. While many of the booby traps are cartoonish in nature, they still involve characters being hit by heavy objects and set on fire. Some viewers may find these scenes to be too intense for young children.

Overall, Home Alone remains a beloved classic that has stood the test of time. Its humor, heartwarming message about family, and unforgettable soundtrack have made it a staple of the holiday season for generations. Whether you’re watching it for the first time or revisiting an old favorite, Home Alone is sure to bring joy and laughter to your Christmas celebrations.



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As a child, I was moved by the movie “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan” where Japanese professional baseball players and American actors performed in front of a large audience. This made me fall in love with the movie. This blog is my review of the movie that I actually saw. Please use it as a reference when renting movies.

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Editor Teruko Okabe
Location Japan

For a long time, in between housework,
I would go to the movie theater to watch films and then write reviews of the movies in a diary which I stored away in a closet.
When I showed these reviews to Azesan, he suggested turning them into a website.
I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I may be nearing the end of my life, but if reading my reviews can move the hearts of younger people,
I think that would be wonderful.
It may even become a catalyst for various realizations and changes in their lives moving forward.

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