Let's Overanalyze "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2"
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re: Let's Overanalyze "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2"
Posted by TexasTiger05 on 12/9 at 3:34 am to ThereGoesHerschel
quote:

“Hotel, how can I help you?”
"This is Peter Mcallister, the faaaather"
"Who's father?"
"I'd like to get a room with an extra large bed,
"Ok, what date are you-
[interrupts]”a TV..
"All of our rooms have a TV sir"
"..and one of those refrigerators you have to open with a key”
“1 bed or 2? Smoking or non?”
“Credit card? You got it”
“I didn’t say anything about..”
click





Most of my analyzing the movie have already been said. But here are some I thought about

Kevin's mom enters the house, not calm but certainly not how I'd do it. I'd be full blast running and searching every room like a mad woman. I'd be screaming Kevin's name continuously. Not "Kevin? Keviiinnn?" the silence.

Kevin's family sucks. He definitely said things that I'd pop a kid in the mouth for saying (that doesn't get corrected- I guess you give up on your kids once you've had 5), but overall his siblings are worse. And I'd dislike Buzz on the fact that he's overweight, has a stupid haircut and gap teeth. Kevin is at least cute.

I'd have some words with Uncle Frank for calling my kid a little jerk. It's clear nobody likes his cheap, bald arse so use the opportunity of him stepping in your role to lay into him.



John Candy's role in HA1 was great. I wonder if the part about leaving the kid at a funeral was ad-libbed.

When I saw HA2 for the first time, and Kevin asks to go to the toy store I thought Cool! He'll go to that place in Big, and play that giant piano! Then it's like, here is a place nobody has heard of have a great time. Let down.


Harry thinks it's a good idea to scale a rope to get to Kevin's tree house instead of going back in the house? So this past middle age, over weight, man thinks he's going to scale that think like a champ instead of just being extra cautious while going into the house?




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Posted by JabarkusRussell on 12/9 at 1:10 pm to ThereGoesHerschel
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IRL that would go something like this:





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Posted by JabarkusRussell on 12/9 at 3:49 pm to TulaneUVA
Marv has a great scream.


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Posted by Papercutninja on 12/10 at 11:35 am to JabarkusRussell
(1) The amount of parental negligence is truly staggering. Why haven't the McAllister's noted that their overweight aggressive son has a food stash in his room coupled with pornography. It is clear that his over aggressive tendencies and excessive over eating and masterbation habits are turning him into some sort of sexual deviant who would likely slaughter them all in their sleep. Also, I know it's the early 90's, but what family with a $2 million home in the suburbs of the mean streets of Chicago doesn't have an alarm system.

(2) Any local police agency in an affluent suburb would be conducting regular patrols in an area where the townspeople are known to take long vacation trips. The old lady down my street complained about the fire trucks using our street as a passing corridor and now they aren't allowed down our street unless they are on a call. You mean to tell me a street full of upper middle class likley millionaires aren't going to have private police patrol? Whatevs.

(3) Kevin's knowledge of physics, probabilities, espionage and diversionary tactics would put his IQ somewhere in the range of genius. However, his skills of logic and deduciton haven't shown him that the furnace is indeed not a living entity that should be feared.

(4) The Wet Bandits are the worst criminals I have ever seen or heard of. They choose to divest themselves of the protection of anonymity by leaving a "calling card" at the scene of every crime. Wouldn't the water company make a house call due to excessive usage in the area? In addition they choose to enter the homes throught various back doors and windows, rather than simply kicking in the front door and closing it behind them.

IRL: Harry and Marv break into the house via the front door and do a quick sweep to secure the perimiter. While doing so, fully shoed, they crunch on ornaments and knock over a precariously placed fan with feather's nearby. They see a small boy at the top of the staircase and easily assail that steps two at a time and overtake the small boy attempting to throw full paint cans with his puny arms. Harry then questions the boy while Marv checks the rest of the house. Upon Marv's return he finds Harry standing over the body of young Kevin, having accidentially suffocated the child while trying to keep him from screaming so much. After a brief argument, Marv and Harry carry the limp body of the child to the basement where the furnace, that was once a source of so much fear in Kevin's life, finally is used to incinerate his body. His parents return home to find the house ransacked. Kevin's parents never find their son and their marriage crumbles after a having to defend themselves on child neglect charges and many years of guilt. Kevin's father leaves Chicago, while Kevin's mother stays in the house and turns to alcohol and barbituates as a means to cope. She dies of an overdose 7 years later. The house is sold and while a home inspector checks the furnace, the tiny femur bones and skull fragments of Kevin McAllister are found in the bottom of the furnace. At the side of the furnace lies a box of Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese with the words, "For Kevin" written on the front.

FIN



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Posted by CocomoLSU on 12/10 at 11:59 am to Papercutninja
Just wanted to say that I went to a Christmas party last night where you dress up as one of your favorite Christmas movie characters. And I went as Kevin McAlister. I came pretty close, although fricking Wal-Mart didn't have a red sweater in a size that would fit me (one small and one 3XL ). But I walked around the party all night with a BB gun on my back and spouting out quotes the whole time.

Also, there was randomly a dude there dressed as Marv. Had the sticky bandits glove on (with coins on it) and an iron imprint drawn on his face. We took a picture together.



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Posted by elprez00 on 12/10 at 1:24 pm to Papercutninja
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IRL: Harry and Marv break into the house via the front door and do a quick sweep to secure the perimiter. While doing so, fully shoed, they crunch on ornaments and knock over a precariously placed fan with feather's nearby. They see a small boy at the top of the staircase and easily assail that steps two at a time and overtake the small boy attempting to throw full paint cans with his puny arms. Harry then questions the boy while Marv checks the rest of the house. Upon Marv's return he finds Harry standing over the body of young Kevin, having accidentially suffocated the child while trying to keep him from screaming so much. After a brief argument, Marv and Harry carry the limp body of the child to the basement where the furnace, that was once a source of so much fear in Kevin's life, finally is used to incinerate his body. His parents return home to find the house ransacked. Kevin's parents never find their son and their marriage crumbles after a having to defend themselves on child neglect charges and many years of guilt. Kevin's father leaves Chicago, while Kevin's mother stays in the house and turns to alcohol and barbituates as a means to cope. She dies of an overdose 7 years later. The house is sold and while a home inspector checks the furnace, the tiny femur bones and skull fragments of Kevin McAllister are found in the bottom of the furnace. At the side of the furnace lies a box of Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese with the words, "For Kevin" written on the fron


I want to go cry now.



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Posted by WG_Dawg on 12/10 at 1:34 pm to elprez00
There's no crying in Home Alone overanalyzation


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Posted by Papercutninja on 12/10 at 2:01 pm to elprez00
I was going to include a part were Harry sexually assaults Kevin while Marv is out, like in From Dusk Til Dawn, but it is the holidays.

As an aside, how come no one has ever discussed the way that Kevin devised these booby traps. He was seriously just short of the Viet Cong. A tar covered foot being pierced by a rust nail, sharp glass in those same damaged feet. Branding via the doorknob. Flame thrower to the face. Deadly tarantuala bites. I half expected Harry and Marv to step on shite covered bamboo reeds or have a three year old Vietnamese toddler walk up to them holding a grenade with the pin pulled.




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Posted by saintsfan92612 on 12/10 at 2:25 pm to Papercutninja
Well, the kid obviously had issues. But he also had a certain intellect to him. He was able to see that since the wet bandits were fooled by lights and silhouettes, then it would be easy to trick them.

That is where his mind devised these evil schemes that he probably had planned to use on his family at one point.



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Posted by Josh Fenderman on 12/10 at 2:40 pm to Papercutninja
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As an aside, how come no one has ever discussed the way that Kevin devised these booby traps. He was seriously just short of the Viet Cong. A tar covered foot being pierced by a rust nail, sharp glass in those same damaged feet. Branding via the doorknob. Flame thrower to the face. Deadly tarantuala bites. I half expected Harry and Marv to step on shite covered bamboo reeds or have a three year old Vietnamese toddler walk up to them holding a grenade with the pin pulled.




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Posted by ProjectP2294 on 12/10 at 2:42 pm to Papercutninja
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Papercutninja

You are on fire in this thread. I will never watch the movie the same way again.

I will however try to watch it next time it's on and take some notes to add to this thread.



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Posted by Papercutninja on 12/10 at 3:04 pm to ProjectP2294
My wife and a friend watched it with me last Christmas when it was on HBO. I feel like the fact that we were drinking added to our ability to see the movie for what it is.

Essentially this movie was a propaganda film wherein John Hughes and Chris Columbus make their case for the use of child soldiers. Do you really think it was a coincidence that so many African nations began using child soldiers during the conflicts of the 1990's? Something to think about...



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Posted by saintsfan92612 on 12/10 at 3:26 pm to Papercutninja
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Essentially this movie was a propaganda film wherein John Hughes and Chris Columbus make their case for the use of child soldiers. Do you really think it was a coincidence that so many African nations began using child soldiers during the conflicts of the 1990's? Something to think about...







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Posted by DirtyMikeandtheBoys on 12/10 at 3:47 pm to saintsfan92612



This post was edited on 12/10 at 3:49 pm

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Posted by saintsfan92612 on 12/10 at 4:02 pm to DirtyMikeandtheBoys



this?



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Posted by AstroTiger on 12/10 at 7:48 pm to saintsfan92612
Just read the entire thread for the first time... couldn't be more satisfied with the time well spent, as I too idolized this movie throughout my childhood. And I can only assume that OLM will come through this december with his overanalysis. :fingerscrossed:




Also, someone mentioned that the flame thrower would need to be taken down before the family gets home, but Harry actually knocks it down when he kicks the door in, finally gaining his entrance into the house.



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Posted by ProjectP2294 on 12/10 at 7:52 pm to AstroTiger
Home Alone does start in a few minutes on ABC family if anyone is interested.


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Posted by TulaneUVA on 12/10 at 8:28 pm to ProjectP2294
Watching it now again for third time this week


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Posted by AstroTiger on 12/10 at 8:37 pm to TulaneUVA
"There's no one home. The house looks secure. Tell them to count their kids again." ....might be the worst cops ever


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Posted by SUB on 12/10 at 9:04 pm to AstroTiger
Was it really acceptable in 1990 for a cashier to behave that way? I never thought anything of it until I got way older. Of course I was only 6 when I first saw it.


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