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    Christmas setting 
  • Why do all of the movies take place around Christmastime? Isn't that redundant?
    • Because the first one did, and was a colossal hit. Why mess with a winning formula?
    • I'm sure Kevin's thinking, "I can't believe this. Another city, another booby-trapped residence. How can the same shit happen to the same kid twice?"
    • In the first movie the Christmas setting accomplishes multiple things; a) it explains why the entire family is together; b) it explains why they're all going on a holiday, thus getting them all out of the country and unable to check up on Kevin, and finally; c) it explains why Kate has such a hard time getting a flight back to Chicago since most flights will have been booked full at that time of year. For the other movies, I'll refer you back to the earlier comment: Why mess with a winning formula?
    • Home Alone 3 doesn't take place around Christmas.

    Allowing Frank to stay in the house 
  • Why, oh, why do Kate and Peter still allow Frank inside their house? He's probably the grouchiest, most cynical, selfish, member of the McCallister family, not to mention the way he treats them.
    • If there's a trope for "we put up with his crap because he's family," it applies here.
      • Get out of here you nosy pervert or I'm gonna slap you silly! Oh, you're cooking, Frankie!
    • Christmas can be a very stressful holiday season. Being together for several days with so many people without a break possibly amplified his behavior. It is quite possible that he is grumpy and cynical by nature but still quite a bit nicer for the rest of the year.

    Ignorance of bullying 
  • Home Alone 4. What kind of parent completely disregards the fact that their youngest is being bullied and picked on by his older siblings and acts as if it's HIS fault? Many kids who deal with this wish they were only children, but I still don't think that the line, "Well, maybe you should go to your room and think about what you do have," in regards to the boy's unhappiness should have been in a supposedly family friendly movie. His mother should really start thinking about social worker visits.
    • Sadly, this is often Truth in Television. When my mom and I watched this when I was kid, I felt sorry for Kevin. She felt he was being a brat who got what he deserved. I'm an only child, but when I was little, my cousins were often around. They could verbally abuse me, take control of all the toys, and once, even hit me hard enough to leave a bruise; they never got in trouble. Whenever I fought back in any way, I did get in trouble. And then my mother wondered why she had to hear about all the years of bullying I suffered in school from some classmates of mine in the grocery store instead of her own daughter...
      • You should have handled it the way Legendary Temple Basketball Coach John Chaney did. Wood Shop. Mallet. Bully's head. He didn't connect on #3, but traded 5 days of suspension for the bully never bothering him ever again.
    • I haven't seen 3 or 4, but at least in the first movie, Kevin was being a brat who got what he deserved. I don't really blame him, since for a 9-year-old, being assigned to sleep with the bed-wetter and not getting the right kind of pizza are tragedies of the highest order, and well, first world issues. However, it's hard to blame Kate for her actions either: she sent Kevin to bed early after he started a food fight (pretty standard punishment), and when he complained about sharing a bed with Fuller, she promised to take care of it (which she did).
      • In the second movie Kevin's complaints were justified. Buzz was picking on him unprovoked and conned the family with a fake apology. In fact, I haven't seen the second movie in a while, but it borders on Karma Houdini.
      • IMHO, he was pretty justified in the first movie to feel put upon as well. He pushed Buzz into the counter and knocked over a couple of glasses and everyone else caused havoc when they flailed around getting up, knocking more stuff over, to see what was happening, which they blamed on Kevin. I always thought they were pretty terrible parents.

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    Why didn’t Marley have Kevin stay with him? 
  • Maybe it’s useless to try to apply real-world logic to the film, but after Marley rescues Kevin from the burglars, why doesn’t he have Kevin stay at his place until Kevin’s parents get back? Neither of them know the parents are going to return the next morning. It seems an act of massive irresponsibility for an adult to let a small child just continue to try taking care of himself indefinitely like that, especially after he was just nearly murdered.
    • How was the house cleaned up? He probably did stay with him that night, we just don't see him until the following morning outside meeting his family. My guess? He took Kevin home, helped him clean up the house, stayed the night, then the following morning said that he had followed his advice and his family was coming over. He was outside to meet them just as Kevin's family got home.
    • Think of how it would look to Kevin's parents: they get home, worried about what's happened to their son, and find that the creepy old man next door has got their prepubescent son in his house. Even if everything eventually gets cleared up, the odds of Marley spending at least one night in a jail cell and having even more ugly rumors about him float around are high.

    Parents in First Class, Kids in Economy 
  • What kind of asshole buys themselves a 1st class airline ticket and then sticks their kids back in Coach?
    • My parents. Joking aside, Coach isn't a big deal for kids, who don't need the extra legroom and don't get the free booze. As long as they behave themselves it makes perfect sense.
      • Assuming your kids ARE the sort to behave themselves....
      • Which the family in the film really aren't (well, large numbers of kids are often boisterous together.) Plus, it makes the logistics of their journey just that little bit harder (neither incident might have happened without it).
      • The parents in this movie did seem like pretty big jerks. When Kate actually asks "Should we feel guilty being in 1st class while our kids are in coach" Peter very bluntly says, "Nah."
    • Are you kidding? The kids are probably thrilled they don't have to sit with their stupid, boring parents. Not to mention the fact that they're getting to fly in a plane, since, as Peter says, "The only flying I did when I was a kid was in the back of the family's station wagon, and it wasn't going to France."
    • This is more film logistics than anything else. Having the parents in first class limited the number of people they'd have to show (kids working hours, perhaps?) For all we know, they got first class upgrades due to the sheer amount of traveling they were doing.
    • Some airlines have age limits for first class. Even if the older kids could sit up there, leaving them in coach would allow them to watch over the younger kids.

    The Mccallister family's insurance 
  • The McCallisters are rich. Presumably, they are insured. Is all that trouble really necessary to protect their material goods?
    • No, but Kevin doesn't know that. And insured or not, having your house broken into and looted is a MASSIVE inconvenience. Given the choice between driving off a burglar and letting him take your stuff and wreck your house, most people choose to drive off the burglar.
    • It's the principle of the thing. Getting spit on isn't very inconveniencing, either, but if somebody spat on you you would still go through the trouble of fighting them, right?
      • Heck no!
      • OK then, more likely, you'd probably feel like knocking them out.
    • Also, Kevin is home completely by himself. He was likely more afraid of them breaking in and hurting him than stealing his family's possessions. Most people aren't going to wait to find out if someone will hurt them or not.
    • Or, since he "made his family disappear," Kevin feels he's now the man of the house, and stopping the Wet Bandits is now his duty. ("This is my house. I have to protect it!")

    Calling the police 
  • In the first film, did Kevin's parents try to call him (from France) after they realised they stranded him?
    • Yes. Yes they did. They even called the Chicago Police to check on Kevin, but Kevin was hiding from Old Man Marley. As for their home, a windstorm knocked over the power and phone lines. The power was able to be reset, but the phone line stayed down for a while.
    • He was hiding because he had just encountered Old Man Marley outside of his house and hid back under the bed in a panic. Keep in mind, he had just come out from hiding under the bed in the previous scene when he glimpsed Harry and Marv. So it's perfectly logical for a 10-year-old who has just seen people trying to break into the house and then someone he believes to be a murderous old man (thanks to Buzz's story) to be scared witless and refuse to check the door.
    • The police shouldn't have given up that easily, though. Especially since they know someone is missing and last seen around that house.
      • It's implied they're not taking the report very seriously. Could be Police are Useless, but one supposes that there's also potentially reason for it. "Ma'am, could you come down to the station to file this report about your missing son?" "Well, no, I'm in France." "... Right."

    Sleeping in the guest room 
  • Why does Kevin need to sleep in a guest room, in his own house?
    • Because the house is totally full with guests, and his parents decided that the uncles should have the bed while Kevin slept elsewhere, it happens.
    • It also goes along with the above theory that his parents are just jerks. If you notice at the end of 2, they keep the master bedroom in the suite to themselves and make everyone else bunk in one (I think) two bed room.
    • The parents get the master bedroom, the aunt and uncle sleep in another room and the kids bunk in the living room, again the kids probably saw this as the coolest thing ever as they could stay up late, watch TV, and pretty much do as they please while mom and dad snooze.
      • Also the kids did get a bedroom (that they all had to share) in the suite and the hotel even gave them extra cots. Fuller got the rather large bed to himself be cause he's a bedwetter and no one wanted to share with him.
      • What's really silly about this arrangement is that Fuller should have been given a cot, while two or three other kids shared the large, luxurious bed. After all, if he wets the bed, a cot is MUCH easier to take care of.
      • For that matter, the hotel probably has a cot or two specifically designed for bedwetting kids. Why force them to have an entire mattress cleaned?
    • I always gets kicked out of my bedroom when extended family comes to visit. My bedroom is much larger than the others in the house (save for my parents' room), so it only makes sense. I don't think Kevin's parents kicked him out of his room to be spiteful; it was probably just the most logical choice.
    • Yeah, me too, when I was a kid. A grown up relative got my bed, and I got to sleep on an air-mattress on the floor somewhere. I never complained; it was the coolest thing ever, almost like a mini camping trip!
      • When my aunt got married, I also had to sleep in a guestroom while a member of the husband's family got my room. Don't ask, I didn't get why the guy couldn't have just slept in said guestroom, either.
      • I was the one who got my cousin's room last year at Christmas. My aunt likes me better. (In all seriousness, he was 4 days shy of 18, I was 19, and I'm pretty sure he was out partying all night anyways. He didn't care. It's the polite thing to do to try and make your guests comfortable.)
    • A better question might be were all these people complaining about the treatment of the kids ever kids themselves? They're treating some ten-year-old's dream of unsupervised free time in planes and kickass suites like their parent's abandoned them to go shoot puppies or something.
    • Because adults often do that.
    • Because whenever family visits, it's an unwritten rule the person displaced are always the children. The kids always wind up being moved onto other beds or the couch.
    • Also, keep in mind that John Hughes wrote this movie, and he did the same thing to Samantha in Sixteen Candles. In both cases it helps influence a character's motivations and frustrations.
    • A rewatch of the film reveals that this 'spare bedroom' is actually the completely uninsulated ATTIC of this house, with no obvious heat registers or radiators or any other source of heat save for an unlit wood stove next to the chimney. And it's December. In Chicago. What the hell, Kevin's parents?
      • My childhood bedroom was in the attic, with no heat source except what came up from downstairs, right by the chimney. It actually stayed pretty warm. Heat rises, and the chimney in a house that old will radiate heat like, well, a radiator. It wasn't just a matter of "the worse bedroom for the kid"; my parents were on the other side of the stairwell, further away from the chimney, also without heat.

    Kevin surprised that his family's gone? 
  • Kevin knew he and his family were going on vacation, why was he acting so surprised that everyone was gone? Why didn't he put two & two together?
    • When Kevin has first woken up and everyone's gone, he sees that the cars are still in the garage and (presumably unaware that they used hired vans) concludes that they can't have gone to O'Hare.

    The Scream 
  • Why would the aftershave burn Kevin's face for the iconic scream scene? There's no way he was shaving, he's eight years old. And also, why would a church be nearly empty on Christmas Eve? That's usually the only time it's full.
    • Shaving with a 90's safety razor isn't hard at all, he's probably watched his dad do it hundreds of times and knows what he's "supposed" to do. He might not even have taken the guard off the razor and just have been pretending, but if the aftershave is old it can still burn his tender boy-skin. The fact that he doesn't take his hands off his face after the burn sinks in just makes it hurt worse.
      • I thought (and still do) that the scream-in-the-mirror scene doesn't make sense, and—even if it did—still wouldn't be funny.
    • It's possible it was simply a choir practice (perhaps for a Christmas Day service), not the actual service.
      • It's just a rehearsal, not an actual service - Old Man Marley says that he's not welcome at the actual choir performance, so he has to see his granddaughter at practice.
    • "Funny-smelling stuff you put on your fa-...COOOOOOOOOLD!" As for the church, almost everyone on Kevin's street was on vacation, and even if there were people on other streets still there, it's possible Evening Mass had ended and Midnight Mass had either not started yet or was not held at that church.
    • My interpretation is that Kevin was copying his Dad's routine. Putting on aftershave would cause his Dad to wince since he it would sting if he cut himself shaving. Kevin doesn't understand that so he screams in imitation.

    Why doesn't Kevin call the cops on Harry and Marv? 
  • In the first film, why wouldn't Kevin, in addition to his veritable torture chamber of a house waiting for the thieves, also call the police the moment they arrived? By the time they even got into the house the police would be on the scene. Granted, this risks some collateral damage if the police then decide to force their way in, but it would still make sense.
    • Kevin was trying to tire them out. Burglars are very likely to escape capture. He wanted them to be too tired to be able to escape by the time the cops arrive.
    • Does he actually say that anywhere? I thought his only explanation as something along the lines of "I have to protect my home", whcih is fine and makes sense, but calling the cops would have made more sense!
    • Look at it this way. He does call the police eventually. Calling them right away would have messed up his "battle plan".
    • As far as Kevin was concerned, he thought he was a criminal on the run from the law...the whole toothbrush shoplifting incident and all (true, the link isn't explicitly made but, if you think about it, it does tie the toothbrush scene in a lot more tightly with the rest of the story). Also, he probably didn't want to draw the authorities' attention to the fact that he "made [his] family disappear" and is now home alone - hence why his plan involves luring the Wet Bandits into his neighbors' house and having the police catch them there.
      • I've been asking the question for years and that was actually probably the best explanation anyone has given so far, right on.
    • One of the unwritten rules of fiction is that people have to do stupid things in order to advance the plot - if Kevin had just called the police, we'd have a maybe 30 minute TV special, no slapstick, and one dull movie.
    • The same reason that his family didn't call him from Paris: his house's phone, and no one else's, had been knocked out and hadn't been repaired yet. Kevin's mom has his aunt call their neighbors when they realize he's missing, but she gets their answering machines (which is what people used before voicemail, and it had to be physically hooked up to a phone jack in your house, so if the phone line was down, it couldn't record anything) so their phones were working. How Kevin knew that the phones next door were working but didn't use them until after springing his booby traps, however, is pure plot convenience
      • He called the police from his home. And ordered a pizza. Obviously, the phone lines were fixed at some point.
      • The phone situation was partially explained by the writers who stated that the main trunk line was still intact, allowing for local calls (such as to the police and the pizza guy), but not outside calls.
    • Or, you know, he's an eight year old kid. Normal people don't always do the "rational" thing as it is, but a lot of children don't even have a concept of it. This is not that hard to understand, people, he defends his house because he's not developed enough to go "Gee, let me sit down and think of the absolute most logical thing to do in this situation. Hm, while I am scared of strange adults and earlier felt that I was likely to get in trouble for stealing a toothbrush, and I also probably have some fears about the police taking me away from my home and putting me somewhere since I don't have any adult family members to watch out for me, that would be the course of action most likely to result in a positive outcome. Now perhaps I'll read a theoretical physics book while I wait for the officers to arrive."

    Deus Ex Old Man Marley 
  • Where does Marley come from at the end of the first movie? The flooded house isn't his. It would have made more sense to have a quick cutaway to Marley, out salting the sidewalks, spotting Kevin running to the house across the street. As it's filmed, it just seems like he appears from out of nowhere to save Kevin.
    • He just happened to see Kevin and the Wet Bandits run over there. Plain and simple. If we see a cutaway to him it would ruin the suspense. By not showing him we the viewer are led to believe that there is no hope for Kevin.

    Pizza Mathematics 
  • At the beginning of the first movie, the family (which includes 15 people) orders 10 pizzas. Assuming that each has the usual 8 slices, that's 80 slices total, or about 5 slices per person. The McCallisters must be very big eaters.
    • You'd be surprised. Buzz alone could probably put away 7 or more slices.
    • They were planning to leave first thing the next morning, they probably wanted some cold slices around for breakfast.
    • It's possible they simply overestimated how much people actually do eat.
    • Different people also like different toppings. Kevin requested a plain cheese pizza just for himself, but Buzz ate the whole thing - which just confirms how much he can put away.
      • I myself am one of those big eaters, and I'm sixteen - I make homemade pizzas and usually can consume up to 75%-80% of one.
      • I'm also a big eater. I can eat an entire pizza by myself, and when I was about Kevin's age, I could usually eat about 50%-75% of one. So to me, it isn't all that surprising that the McCallisters would order so many pizzas.
    • On a related note, the time between the pizzas being taken into the kitchen and Kevin getting there seems to be about five minutes, give or take a minute. They all stuffed down that much pizza that quickly?
      • It's possible he hid the box from Kevin and lied about eating the entire pizza, just to mess with him.
      • While it is possible to eat an entire large cheese pizza in under 6 minutes (sadly, I speak from personal experience here, and yes, I was being timed), I think that it's also plausible that Buzz was lying (he lied about Old Man Marley) or that Buzz only ate half the pizza, at which point it would only have taken one or two other kids to consume the other half.
    • Well, to be fair and Truth in Television. Some people just can eat more...Hens,as for myself,at Kevin's age(8-10),I can eat the whole large pizza for dinner by myself ,all I need is a good bottle of soda and a nice movie to go with it.

    Inability to get a flight back 
  • In the first movie, the family's inability to find a flight back home so close to Christmas forms a major part of the plot. In the second movie, however, they're somehow able to find a flight from Miami to New York at a moment's notice on Christmas Eve—with enough room for all 13 of them, no less. Plot Hole, anyone?
    • Probably extreme luck - but they were in France in the first movie. I imagine that probably had a lot to do with it.
    • It is extremely easy to get a flight to New York City. There are 3 major airports - Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, plus LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, and direct flights to damn near every airport in the US, so finding a connection is cake. As for the first movie, the family did find a flight from France - they got there a whopping 90 seconds after Kate did. Her problem was that she started taking random flights like a crazy person. Scranton? Seriously?
    • The flight the family gets home in the first one highlighted as: "We took the morning flight, remember? The one you didn't want to wait for."

    Harry and Marv don't rat out Kevin? 
  • I don't see why the police wouldn't have had to interview Kevin. What, did the Wet Bandits not finger this kid who was responsible for all of their inexplicable injuries?
    • Possibly out of pride? "The nine year old was very mean to us, WAAAHH!" Also, if they have Kevin brought in, he's probably going to tell the cops just how close they came to actually killing him (complete with corroborating testimony from Old Man Marley), so then Harry and Marv get attempted murder added to the list of charges against them. And what could they possibly hope to gain from admitting what they went through? Kevin was defending his house from intruders. Theoretically he could do anything up to and including shooting them and get away with it. If this part of Illinois has some version of the Make My Day Law, Kevin would be protected by it.
    • Would they actually be able to point out that Kevin assaulted him to the police without getting convicted or even taken seriously for that matter? "Hey, this Jerkass kid assaulted us and almost killed us! I mean, we only tried to break into his house, trespassed on the property where he lives, steal his stuff, intended to harm him, had stolen stuff from his neighbours' houses in the past, vandalised their property when we flooded their basement...Arrest him" Are you seriously able to do that?!? If I were a judge and got a case like that, the first words out of my mouth would be "Frivolous Lawsuit".
      • OP here - not to bring a lawsuit - but finally the police would be aware this kid was home on his own.
      • It still just sounds weird. They broke onto the property that he lives, I don't see why he would be in trouble...however his parents, on the other hand mistakenly left him alone
      • No one said anything about Kevin being in trouble - an interview is just to gather information.
      • Yeah, but the police don't know anything about Kevin being involved if the Wet Bandits don't mention it (for reasons already expressed here) and Old Man Marley keeps quiet. So far Old Man Marley hasn't felt the need to mention Kevin being home alone to the what else?
      • Not to mention, it wouldn't help their defense in any future prosecution by pointing out a key witness for the prosecution.
    • The reason Kevin was freed of any charges was actually likely due to the Castle Doctrine, which is a law on the books in Illinois (and most states) that more or less states that an intruder has no legal right to safety if they break and enter a private home or dwelling. As far as the legalese was concerned, Kevin was defending himself and his property from two people who were trespassing illegally, and thus he'd be safe from harm.

    Lack of head count 
  • What kind of parent gets on a plane without visually, personally confirming that all his or her kids have gotten on it first?
    • Meh, chalk it up to sleep deprivation and the rushing to get on the plane. They did count the kids.
      • Notice that Mitch Murphy, one of the neighbors, was in the car and was miscounted by one of the relatives. He was also dressed in such a way as from the back he looked quite like Kevin.)
      • The point stands. They counted the kids when leaving the house, yes, but what if a kid got lost during the mad dash through the airport, or headed to the wrong gate (which happened in 2,) or got otherwise separated from the group? Any decent parent with common sense would do the following: get to the boarding gate, stand by to make sure everyone in their party boards, and THEN get on the plane him/herself. The McCallisters even had the time to reach the counter, and cheer with the rest of the family before getting on the plane, surely they could have spared a quick glance to their children.
      • I think you're Monday morning quarterbacking. (Or is it Tuesday morning quarterbacking now? Meh, whatever.) Most parents would assume that if they counted their children once before embarking to the airport and were keeping the whole group together through subsequent events, and there were no problems such as an extra boarding pass (remember that Kevin's coincidentally got thrown away without being noticed), that every child had made the trip. It's easy to say that the characters should have taken this one extra step that would have prevented everything that followed (and perhaps 50% of every headscratchers page is made up of this), but at some point you have to realize that the characters don't have your outside perspective and have a very different idea of what makes sense and what they need to do than someone sitting and watching everything that's happening from the outside. Yes, the parents could have been helicoptering around every one of their children as much as physically possible... and some set of even wilder coincidences would have transpired to see that Kevin got left behind anyway, and then the parents would have been criticized for not taking some extra step that kept that series of events from happening.
    • Parental Obliviousness. I assumed it was just normal for parents to forget the small person if they were mad at them or were small enough to blend in. A couple times, I got left home alone when my parents went to dinner and didn't notice me.
    • And to be fair, the parents did learn this lesson by the second movie—Kate tried to make sure she saw everyone get on the plane to Miami, but the ticket agents forced her to board before she could, since the plane was about to take off—although I suppose she still could have checked for everyone after they got on the plane. However, if she did, there would be no movie.

    The pizza guy doesn't call the cops? 
  • The pizza guy who brings the pizza to Kevin thinks he has been shot at, so why doesn't he call the cops? (If he did, surely they would have showed up in time to stop Harry and Marv, which would spoil the plot, but it doesn't make sense that he wouldn't.)
    • I think he sold weed along his deliveries and figured he'd get in trouble too.
    • That was never said or implied, but you could use it as Head Canon.
      • You answered your own question - it's fiction. If it will advance the plot, people will have to do stupid things.
    • He probably realized that he had been pranked a minute later after figuring out how absurd the scenario was.
      • And it's not like that guy inside the movie firing the Tommy gun ripped off the pizza boy. Kevin did pay for the pizza, even if the tip wasn't impressive. ("Cheapskate.")
  • You gonna snitch on the Mob?

    Why doesn't Kevin get counseling? 
  • Why doesn't Kevin get counseling for his ordeal? Surely the police would have notified his parents.
    • The police didn't know anything about him Kevin because old Man Marley took him home before the cops got there. When Kevin called the police he pretended he was his neighbor.
    • Also, aside from getting a bit scared Kevin didn't really suffer much in the way of psychological trauma. Nobody hurt him, he didn't hurt himself, he was able to satisfy his needs (i.e. he didn't go without food or water while his parents were gone), and he seems to spend most of the movie having a grand old time without his stupid boring parents or his stupid annoying brother around. At most, he was probably a bit lonely towards the end. But he made a new friend in Old Man Marley so that only lasted a little while anyway.
    • What do you expect, a twenty minute epilogue showing everything that happened to the characters after the end of the movie?
    • given the way Kevin's family treat him in general, even in the opening to the second movie as well, I wouldn't be surprised that they don't think he needs therapy - or given that therapists are required to break doctor-patient confidentiality if the therapist believes they are a danger to themselves or others, maybe the McCallisters are worried that if Kevin tells a therapist everything about how he ended up in that situation, they'll end up having Kevin taken away from them? Underneath it all, I'm sure they love him, and to be crass the scandal could have severe repercussions for the family's reputation and even financial status.

    Shoplifting the toothbrush 
  • When Kevin was in the store buying the tooth brush, he was scared away when Old Man Marley entered. This was an understandable reaction for a kid with a wild imagination, but did he need the tooth brush that bad? He could have avoided the cop chase had he just dropped the tooth brush and ran.
    • Kevin didn't think about what he was doing. He was scared and took off without thinking. If I remember correctly, after he made it outside, he looked down at the toothbrush in shock - he didn't know that he had taken it.
    • Tunnel vision - he got scared, didn't notice he had it. It happens all the time.
    • On a related note: why did the lady assume he was stealing the toothbrush (before he started running)? For all she knew, he was going to put it back on the shelf (perhaps because it wasn't ADA-approved), or get something else that he needed to buy.
      • If he was just doing something like that, he wouldn't have been backing away nervously. He'd have turned around and walked off. The lady at first thought he was just confused when he started backing away ("Oh, you pay for that here"), then began to grow concerned that he was trying something ("Hold on, you have to pay for that"), and then when he broke out into a run she felt her suspicions were confirmed.
      • Also why do the cops seemingly just forget about him after this one scene. Like, why don't they try to arrest him again when he goes out later to get more food? Did they just decide he's not worth it? (he is a kid and it was only a toothbrush so maybe so.)

    Kevin doesn't deserve the wrath of the family! 
  • Can we agree that no matter how much of a nuisance Kevin is, he doesn't deserve the family-wide wrath he gets in the beginning of the first film; specifically, when Uncle Frank calls him a jerk and the rest of the family glares at him in silent agreement? My mom says that no matter what kind of mess any of us could made, if her brother called out her kid like that, her ire would be at the uncle, not her child, because no one talks to her child like that. Mrs. McCallister, on the other hand, is perfectly OK with her brother chewing out her kid in front of everyone, apparently.
    • Fair point about the mom, but I don't remember her being in the room when the whole thing went down. As for whether he deserved the nasty looks he got, try to look at it from the family's perspective. Kevin had been annoying the shit out of all of them with his constant whining and complaining while they were all busting their asses to get ready for this big family trip. They were already irritated at life in general and Kevin in specific. Then Kevin goes and has a temper tantrum that wrecks the whole damn kitchen because his brother ate the last piece of cheese pizza before he could. We sympathize with Kevin because he's the protagonist, but from the family's perspective he was being an annoying little shit.
    • Buzz didn't just eat the last slice; he ate the entire damn pie (which must have been specifically ordered for Kevin) then deliberately vomited it up. Buzz should have been punished for instigating.
      • Agreed. I wanted to slap Buzz after he had the cheek to pull the "you little shit, I'm so offended" act after he caused all the trouble. And is he ever called out for being an asshole? Nope. Also, why did Kate feel the need to let Kevin be humiliated in front of everyone? He deserved to be punished for acting out, yeah, but couldn't she have just taken him out of the kitchen, scolded him and sent him to bed?
    • We're supposed to sympathize with the protagonist of a story - making his family be assholes to him is a good way to do that.
    • Actually, I think if you rewatch the movie without child eyes, nearly every single character is morally reprehensible. The uncle in this scene, the mother is needlessly over the top in punishing Kevin, Kevin in how annoying he was being, all of his peers for not being willing to help him, whomever ordered the pizza and just ordered black olives on every single one except one knowing that there was someone in the house who only ate cheese, Buzz for taking the pizza on purpose, Marv and Harry for obvious reasons, the pizza delivery man for hitting the statue (or maybe blame the guy who didn't place the statue property), the police dispatcher for not wanting to take a call about an unsafe child, the police officer for visiting a house with a small child and when he doesn't answer the door says that the mother was just too dumb to know what kids she had, the woman in the store for being so snotty about his toothbrush question, Jimmy for getting him involved in a chase from a police officer... it goes on. The only actually good character is Marley, and I think the Lincoln Park homeowners association would like a word with him.
      • Frank is actually Kate's brother-in-law (at the beginning, on the phone, she says something along the lines of '[Peter's] family are here and it's a mad house.').
  • We can agree on that, and I'd venture to say that that's the whole point of the movie, and why it's so popular. Everyone has felt like the undeserving outcast/scapegoat of their family at one time or another. (I know I felt that way quite a bit!) By establishing Kevin as an unfairly-treated outcast that the audience can relate to early on, it makes his triumph over Harry and Marv all the more awesome. In other words, the movie is meant to tell us: "Don't worry if you feel like the black sheep of the family today; you may just be a hero tomorrow."
  • I think people need to be a bit less hyperbolic and figure out what "reprehensible" means. Johnny, the sadistic murderous psychopath, is a reprehensible character; Harry and Marv, who take pleasure in robbing homes and charity donations on Christmas, are reprehensible characters; Kevin's family are just a bunch of jerks at the absolute worst (and he is just as much as some of them are), who are packed together in a not-quite-large-enough house and are feeling the stress of the season and their upcoming vacation, are a fairly average family who are sometimes mean and unfair to each other but still love and care for one another deep down, and we don't even see them for more than a few days total anyway. Kevin was sent to his room semi-unfairly for starting a fight over pizza (and nobody saw Buzz start to throw the pizza up); he wasn't locked in the basement with a vicious animal to guard him.

    Angels With Lack of Gun Safety In Their Souls 
  • In the first film, Johnny, the gangster packing the Thompson M 1928 A 1 in Angels with Filthy Souls lifted the weapon without cocking or taking the safety off. Wouldn't "You Fail Gun Safety Forever" be called in here? Surely he'd want to have to cock the thing for his own safety the rest of the time?
    • It's debatable whether that counts as a Gun Safety Failure or a Gun Knowledge Failure. The filmmakers may have simply forgotten that a gun must be cocked and the safety taken off before it will fire at all.
    • The Angels with Filthy Souls films have a degree of Stylistic Suck about them anyway; they are pretty clearly intentionally cheesy, so it's not impossible that this was deliberate to show that the In-Universe filmmakers were hacks.
    • Johnny is a trigger-happy psychopath who laughs as he kills. Having the safety on wastes precious milliseconds between picking up the gun and shooting people with it.

    Kevin recognizing Officer Harry 
  • I never got why Kevin was so shocked and horrified when he saw Harry for the second time, and recognized him as the cop from before. I know he's young, but did he think that cops always wore their uniforms and exclusively drove squad cars? For all Kevin could know, Harry might have just been off duty.
    • Here's the thing. Off-duty police officers would likely still be driving their own squad carsnote , or personal sedans/SUVs/minivans, and are definitely unlikely to be seen driving around in a work van or dressed like a plumber.note  It's a fair point and Harry might have been innocent, but it was unlikely, and he wasn't. Plus, like so many headscratchers on this page, the answer is that Kevin is 8. It's understandable if he found it strange.
    • The "8 year olds are just like that" argument can't be stated enough. I remember being around that age and running into my teacher at the grocery store. It weirded me right out to see an adult outside the setting I normally associate them with. That's all it was. Kevin saw the "cop" dressed like a bum and driving a strange vehicle, and it weirded him out. Ironically if Harry and Marv hadn't started following him he probably would have gone home and put it out of his mind.
    • Besides, he had just stolen that toothbrush (albeit accidentally). He's just escaped from one cop and he runs into someone he recognizes as another. At this point, he's definitely feeling a little paranoid that the police are following him everywhere.
    • This was also after he'd noticed someone was trying to get into his house the first time. It's possible he just put two and two together and realized that this shady looking guy may not have been a real cop and was casing the joint before.

    There is no one around to do a wellness check on Kevin? Nobody? 
  • I've always had trouble believing that there was nobody available to check on the kid. If I were in the McCallisters' situation I'd be calling anyone - acquaintances, coworkers, the cleaning lady - anyone. Hell, if you called me and told me your kid might be in danger I'd check up on him even if I didn't like you very much.
    • Indeed. If you are in France, you'd be justified in calling family/friends in the next state over from where you live to drive several hours there to check compared to flying several thousand miles home.
    • They were calling everyone they could think of. They called everyone in Kate's address book and everyone that lived on their street. But since it was the holidays, they couldn't get a hold of anyone. And there were only so many calls they could make using pay phones. That's why Peter suggested they go to his brother's house so the police would have a way to get back to them. Even then, however, they couldn't get a hold of anyone because they were either all out shopping or no one else was home for the holidays.
    • It does stretch credibility that there is literally no one around who could help Kevin. No McCallister cousin, aunt, uncle, in-law etc who could help out in an emergency (grandparents are mentioned in dialogue). And no one in the neighbourhood answers their phone/checks their messages or even looks out of their window and sees that that McCallister kid is still wandering around when the entire family are supposed to be in Paris.

    Cleaning up the traps 
  • So let me get this straight. How the hell does Kevin clean up every single trap that he created for the house after battling the thugs? Surely, he just couldn't have left the house the way it was. Not to mention that he tarred the entire downstairs basement. It's lampshaded with Buzz's room, but Kevin pretty much destroyed the house when he stopped Harry and Marv. It's no wonder the entire family goes back to thinking he's a piece of shit again in the next film. (Which might add up to Fridge Brilliance)
    • Except for the tar on the basement steps, pretty much everything could have been easily cleaned up when you think about it: the feathers, the broken Christmas tree ornaments, the iron, the blowtorch, the toy cars, paint cans. But yes, he probably wouldn't have been able to clean up the tar. But I'm sure he'll probably explain what he had been doing by tarring the steps. Then there's the trashing of Buzz's room. Now the damage Kevin and the crooks did to his uncle's house in the second movie, on the other hand, will be something for that family to take care of...
      • Don't forget in the first movie Kevin sprayed the steps with water that froze into ice.
      • Kevin had plenty of time to step outside and throw some salt over the steps. Hell, the snow shovel guy might have done it for him.
      • Notice how the steps are covered in deep snow when Kevin peeks outside the morning after the break-in, so clearly they're not slippery anymore.
      • They'd still be slippery, just covered in snow. But it would obfuscate his antics since heavy snow like that would turn the bottom layer into ice.
      • According to the commentary on the Family Fun Edition DVD, director Chris Columbus said that in the original draft of the second script, the film was to open with Kevin cleaning up the house after the events of the first movie... so, it's not like they didn't completely think things through.
    • Old Man Marley perhaps.
    • Which would make sense; given his regrets towards his family and generally being a decent person, he wouldn't let a little boy be alone after all that. Old Man Marley helps clean up (reading the second point, everything except the tar could have been cleaned up in an hour or two) and sleeps in a guest room. Very early in the morning, he calls up his son and asks to reconcile, then goes out to meet them. He just misses Kate, but this is why Kevin catches a glimpse of the reunion; he knew it was coming and was waiting to see it.
      • Fridge Brilliance, perhaps? I mean, in the beginning of the second film, Kevin is once again hated by the whole family. Remember Buzz screaming, "What did you do to my room?!" Knowing this family and the fact that a full year had passed, it's possible that within a few months they went back to treating Kevin like shit. After all, no matter how 'cool' it is that he survived the vacation by himself; he still had to explain why there was tar on the basement steps. Take it even further by having Kevin at least try to explain the truth of what really happened and you have an entire family thinking he's full of shit...again.

    Chasing a shoplifter out of the store is not allowed 
  • Working in retail, you're taught something vitally important: It doesn't matter if the customer is stealing a freakin' PlayStation, you do not chase after him out of the store. You could get your ass killed that way. So doesn't the whole toothbrush chase scene seem like a severe case of Disproportionate Retribution, to say nothing of ignorance on the writers' part as to standard operating procedure in this case? And is Chicago so crime-free that chasing after a kid for stealing a 99-cent toothbrush really is the best use of a police officer's time?
    • I work at Walmart and until fairly recently, we (not me) did chase, tackle, and restrain shoplifters. Not for something so minor and not to such lengths, but it's totally possible they just got excited. Besides, that 8 year old has a knife or a gun or something and is going to turn on you?
    • Odds on it's to help set up Kevin's idea of being a criminal (the shopkeeper calls a police officer in to help catch him), thus eliminating the immediate necessity of calling the police when he finds out that his house is going to be burgled.
    • Also, the police officer may not have been chasing him to arrest him or anything, but simply to find out why a 8-year old kid is stealing in the first place and ensure that he and his family is okay.
    • To be fair, chasing and detaining a shoplifter is perfectly legal; it's called shopkeeper's privilege, so long as the suspect is detained on or near the store premises. The prohibition against doing so (by Wal-Mart and other stores) is a matter of store policy, not law. (In fact, the store in question is shown to be a small general store, which is less able to absorb the costs of shoplifting than retail giants like Wal-Mart, and may consequently be more likely to assert the shopkeeper's privilege.) Additionally, the store owner was able to secure the assistance of a cop, who is not bound by the limits of shopkeeper's privilege. As far as the value of the toothbrush, for all the storeowner knows, Kevin could have stuffed more items in his coat before dashing off.
    • Bear in mind that this film is set in the early 1990s; even if it was universal store policy or an actual law today (and it isn't) to not chase shoplifters, things were certainly different back then.

    Buzz's "boring street" story 
  • In the first movie, Buzz states that they "live in the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing remotely dangerous will ever happen". Why would he say that if he lived next door to someone he believed to be a serial killer?
    • A. Buzz isn't the brightest bulb in the box.
    • 2. He may have just made up the story about Old Man Marley to scare Kevin.
      • Almost certainly. The story is exactly the sort of lurid, over the top local urban legend that teenagers will try to scare each other (and their little siblings) with, whether they believe it or not.
    • And D. He really doesn't seem to give a damn about what happens to Kevin.

    Assuming Kevin was left at home 
  • Why did they jump to the conclusion that Kevin was at home? For all they knew, they could have lost him at the airport, which should have been their first thought as they supposedly had an accurate head count done before they left the house.
    • Re-reading the script, there's a scene skip between when Kate shouts "KEVIN!" and immediately after, where the flight attendant mentions that "the captain is doing all he can - (their) phones are out of order." Presumably, in that time skip they had already found out at that point that Kevin wasn't at O'Hare, as if he was just forgotten at the gate he would in all likelihood have already been in airport authorities' custody, since the plane had taken off several hours before and the captain would have been able to relay that message to the parents.
    • Kate's Oh, Crap! moment was when she realized that she forgot to get Kevin out of bed in the middle of the panic. After this, they would have went to the back of the plane to check on the kids and see if he was there, and confirm that he wasn't, and also confirm that nobody in the family had actually seen or talked to him all that day (and given what a brat Kevin can be, on reflection they'd realize that they hadn't been bugged by him all day), so the most logical explanation is that Kate was right and they did forget to bring him. It was possible that they had left him behind at the airport, but the most probable explanation was that they had just left him behind and miscounted somehow, which is what happened. And yes, they had time between scenes to check that he wasn't at the airport.

     11 kids, and they don't do a role call? 
  • There are 11 kids who they are trying to get to the airport, and not once do they think to do a rolecall instead of a headcount? They could even save time by having each parent call out their own kids names. "Buzz?" "Here!" "Megan?" "Here!" "Linnie?" "Here!" "Jeff?" "Here!" "Kevin? Kevin? Kevin!?" "I think he's still in the house." Takes even less time than a headcount, because first you have to get everyone to stop moving, and then you have to count them, probably multiple times just to make sure you counted right. And they have one of the kids do the counting—which means they have to count themselves (and the girl counts herself twice) which is confusing.
    • First, yet again, they were pressed for time and in a hurry. And second, yet again, if they'd taken this step that prevented the central premise of the movie, there would have needed to be some other wacky coincidence that caused the misunderstanding like the neighbor kid being named "Kevin" too and calling "Here" like the huge dork he was, and then you'd be complaining that his voice doesn't actually sound like Kevin's, and then both Kevin and the neighborhood kid would have had a cold so that their stuffy voices sounded similar, then you'd be complaining that it seems unlikely that two kids named Kevin would have a cold at the same time so the movie would say that they caught it from each other and then you'd be complaining about something else and c'mon let it go.

     Harry and Marv destroying the houses they rob 
  • Burglars are usually stealing things they can fence later, and usually don't bother anything that isn't of value. Why the heck does Marv, at least, sloppily sweep stuff off of shelves into a sack with a crowbar while randomly stepping on things and smashing things on purpose? Are they just robbing houses for the fun of it?
    • I wouldn't be surprised if Marv actually is. He's a Manchild more than anything else. Hence the whole "calling card" thing.

     The fate of Axl the tarantula 
  • What exactly happened to Axl, Buzz's pet tarantula? The last we see of it, it's crawling away after scaring Marv and Harry. And did Kevin even notice that it escaped until he sees it crawling across the stairs?

Home Alone Two

    Harry not using his gun 
  • In Home Alone 2, Harry clearly states that he has a gun on him. After Kevin takes a picture of them robbing the toy store, gets on his uncle's roof and starts chucking bricks, why doesn't Harry just shoot him, enter the building somehow, and get the camera himself?
    • I imagine it's because you shouldn't be fooled by the "One's Stupid, One's Smart" duo thing going on there - the Wet Bandits are both stupid; Marv's just stupider. That's my take, anyway. Alternatively, Harry might not have wanted to attract attention from firing a gun on the streets, and if I recall correctly, when he does pull out his gun, it had no silencer. And he was at the edge of his patience. I'm sure if Harry might've gotten a few of those bricks, though, it might have changed.
      • He was in New York. A gunshot wouldn't attract attention.
      • New York is not Somalia.
      • Somalia isn't Somalia either (at least, that media image of Somalia people in the West came to believe exists in the real world).
    • If he shot at Kevin from the street, it might have attracted attention and made it harder to get away unnoticed by the time he got inside, got the camera, and got out. He didn't have the gun immediately handy when Kevin first appeared at the toy store; he mostly took chase with the intent of shooting him.
    • He probably only had a handful of bullets and wanted to be sure he had a clear shot.
    • It might also be a question of morals. Remember: Harry and Marv are first and foremost thieves. Their method of choice is usually to break into peoples' houses while they're not there, which effectively minimizes the risk of anyone getting hurt. So, sure, threatening Kevin, why not? But actually killing him? That's on a whole different scale of evil.
      • Exactly. As we all know, Even Evil Has Standards
      • But they seemed quite willing to kill him at the end of the first movie. True, their time in prison might have given them a chance to cool off, but then why did they go after him in the second film even before he ruined their heist? What were they planning to do, give him a wedgie and let him go?
      • In the first film, they wanted to put him through his own traps, not kill him. If those traps didn't cause any serious bodily harm to Harry and Marv (since in the Home Alone universe, people can survive almost anything), they probably wouldn't have killed Kevin, even though he was smaller than them.
    • In any case, just because Harry had a gun doesn't mean he was any proficient at using it.
      • Or willing to use it. Just because you can hold a weapon in your hand doesn't mean you're cold blooded enough to shoot a 9 year old between the eyes.
    • He would have to have been a pretty decent shot to produce, aim and fire the weapon at a small, distant and moving target in the dark before Kevin ducks. Even if he managed it, there's still the matter of him being in a highly populated area and the shot would have attracted attention. Finally, they're on foot and won't be able to get very far before the police start searching the area for the crack-shot who just executed a nine year old. Remember the first movie - Marv is stupid enough to leave a trail of evidence everywhere he goes, Harry less so.
      • Decent shot? He would have to be an extremely good shot to hit Kevin at that point. He would have to hit a target of less than a foot square while angry and shooting a revolver from a distance of more than 40 feet nearly vertically with double gloved hands. Even the best marksmen would have a difficult time hitting him.

    World Trade Center edited out 
  • Why are the twin towers edited out of the New York skyline in TV reruns of Home Alone 2? Is it still Too Soon? Why, when it's very obvious that Kevin is running around in a pre-Guliani New York? (Proof: The rows and rows of street vendors—now you have to have a permit to do that shit.)
    • As I recall, Kevin's entire tour of New York City is cut, presumably for time constraints.
      • Haven't seen it in years, but I'm pretty sure I remember Kevin standing on top of one of the towers, looking through one of those tourist binocular things, so it was probably cut because of that.
      • I just watched this movie on TV and as of this edit(September 2010) the scene with the Twin Towers was left intact.
      • Might be different here in the UK - But it was on last weekend - 04/06/11 - And the Twin Towers and Kevin's entire tour around New York was still in there.
      • As of December 24, 2011, the rerun did show the scene of Kevin on the Twin Towers, too.

    The Bird Lady's problem 
  • What's wrong with the Bird Lady in the second movie? I understand Kevin fearing Old Man Marley because Buzz scared him with a story, but why exactly does Kevin declare the Bird Lady "sick" upon first seeing her? She's not ugly or deformed, and she's (oddly enough for someone who spends all her time with pigeons) not covered in bird feces. What's his problem?
    • He's a kid, she's some lady who has a permanent "stern face," is covered in birds. I guess he forgot the lesson he learned in the previous film so that they could repeat the "scary stranger turns out to be a kind person, whom Kevin befriends" thing.
    • I don't think he "forgot" it so much as the people in question were on different levels of "weird". The only reason Kevin was scared of Marley at all was Buzz's story; aside from an occasional stare, there's nothing outwardly imposing about him, and anyone more mature or less impressionable would see him for what he is. The Pigeon Lady is a little different; she's a homeless woman in ratty clothes covered in birds. Average people probably would find her a little out there.

    Room service charges 
  • It seems odd that the Plaza would charge the family for room service after they gave them a suite for their screw up.
    • It's a big family; they probably would have had to fire someone if they didn't charge them for something.
    • I like to think that it was the concierge and his staff getting back at Kevin for putting them through hell during the chase scene. Send the whippersnapper's dad a $967 room service bill and let things sort themselves out.
    • At early 1990's prices, there's no way that Kevin racked up that high a room service bill in less than a week. note  My guess is that Cedric tacked on an outrageous extra fee (like maybe doubling the bill) for time and trouble to him and his staff, and thinks that Peter won't challenge the bill or demand an itemised receipt.
    • If nothing else, it may have just been a deterrent to prevent the family from abusing the generosity and racking up their own massive bill. For all the know, Kevin had gained his extravagant taste from his family and they didn't want to have to deal with 967 x 20+ dollars’ worth of expenses and damages. Plus, remember, Kevin's room was on a shared floor and had pulled the Angels With Even Filthier Souls prank - the backlash from that among the other guests would be painful too.

    Harry the Car Smasher 
  • In the second film, how is Harry able to smash the car up that badly? He probably got thrown one or two stories up, and I can't count how many other—more realistic—films where a character falls from a much greater height on to a car and doesn't crush it nearly as much.
    • The films operate on a certain amount of cartoon physics. They're family movies, they're not there to show battered corpses and horrible wounds.

    Marv's immunity to brain trauma from brick-hitting 
  • In Home Alone 2, how can Marv have multiple bricks hit in in the head and suffer nothing worse than an ugly mark on his forehead? Shouldn't his brains be splatted all over the pavement?
    • How is he later able to survive getting electrocuted without going into cardiac arrest? How is Harry able to survive falling on that car without shattering his spine or survive sticking his burning head in a toilet full of kerosene virtually unscathed? Because Harry and Marv are apparently invincible.
    • They're like Saiyans. Whatever doesn't kill them simply makes them.... stranger.
    • Actually, it's not just in Home Alone 2. In this video, you can see that some of Kevin's traps from the first two films would have killed both Harry and Marv multiple times over.
    • They're not human but are Terminator prototypes accidentally let loose. They may be dumb, but are utterly invincible and will NEVER stop until Kevin is dead.
    • As stated, this is a family movie that operates on cartoon logic.

    The incompetent gate agent 
  • In the second movie, Kevin convinces the ticket clerk to let him on the plane before it leaves. When on the plane, the clerk asks if Kevin sees anyone he knows, and Kevin sees the back of the guy's head he was following and says, "There's my dad over there!" Instead of questioning it, the clerk goes along with it and tells him to find an empty seat. I don't care how big a hurry the plane was in to leave; there's always time to go over to the man and verify that he's Kevin's father (which he wasn't). Furthermore, are we to believe that Kevin wouldn't have shouted "Hey dad!" or something? I know this would've ended the movie really quickly, but this scenario wouldn't happen in real life.
    • The guy works in an airport. It's Christmas. While he might normally have the mental and moral fortitude to make absolutely sure, it's probably been battered out of him at that point. Kid says "That's my dad!", the guy goes "Okay, that's your dad, move on through, move on through."
    • You want to claim that there are no incompetent people in real life?

    Kate's search for Kevin 
  • In Home Alone 2 after getting to the hotel, Kevin's mom declares she's going into New York to look for him. Why didn't she go to her relative's house, the one Kevin found by himself? (The movie would have taken quite a turn when she got caught in his traps though...)
    • She knew that the relative was on vacation.
    • She does actually stop there and knock on the door, then immediately turns around and hails a cab for Times Square. A few seconds later, Kevin arrives.

    Room Service Bill 
  • At the end of the second film, Cedric hands Buzz the bill that Kevin's racked up during his stay. He proceeds to show his dad, who cries out loud, end film. What I've always wondered was:
1.) Why does Cedric hand them them bill on Christmas Day? Surely there's a better time to get the bill from your stay when, I don't know, actually checking out of the hotel?2.) Why is Peter so pissed about the bill? I get it, $967 is still a fair chunk of money, but it's clear that Kevin's parents earn an incredibly good wage (the big house in the Chicago suburbs, the annual Christmas trips to France and Florida etc) What's just under $1000 to them? If Kevin had bought anything dangerous or forbidden (like drugs or a gun or such nonsense) that I would get... but cookies and ice-cream? If my 10 year old son spent $1000 or less just on that (when I had the disposable income of Peter) I like to think I wouldn't be so pissed.
  • 1) Cedric, the Hotel Concierge, wound up taking the blame for a lot of things that happened, so he handed them the bill that day out of revenge for all the crap Kevin put him through. 2) That $967 was charged to Peter's credit card, and it wasn't Kevin's money to spend. Disposable income or not, if I had a child who ran up such a large bill on my credit card, I'd be mad too.
  • Kevin spent $967 dollars just on room service; that's on top of whatever he paid to get the room in the first place, for however long he planned to stay, and any other expenses. Kevin spent way more than $967; that's just the most ridiculous of his expenses.
  • But there's no way that Kevin racked up that high a room service bill (even if you count in that one limo ride) in less than a week. note  My guess is that Cedric tacked on an outrageous extra fee (like maybe doubling the bill) for time and trouble to him and his staff, and thinks that Peter won't challenge the bill or demand an itemised receipt. He handed the bill to Peter then in an attempt to see Kevin get in trouble for the bill.
  • Cedric's definitely malicious enough to try and ruin their Christmas as revenge... but given that the McCallisters have been given a complimentary suite, maybe it's also an attempt to scare them into not making outrageous charges to their room the way Kevin has (see Room Service Bill above).

    Harry and Marv's plans for Kevin 
  • What exactly were Harry and Marv planning to do with Kevin after they caught him outside the hotel in the second movie? Marv implies they could drown him, and Harry says something about keeping him on ice in a subway tunnel. It sounds like they were planning to hide and tie him up somewhere in a subway until after their toy store heist, at which point they would come back and kill him.
    • Throw the kid into the river for Marv. Throw him onto railroad tracks and have him run over or electrocuted by the third rail for Harry. Very nice men

    Harry and Marv's break-out 
  • How did Harry and Marv get regular clothes after breaking out of prison? And where did Harry get a gun?
    • They stole them. They are thieves, after all.

    The Bird Lady's Residence 
  • Is anyone aware that bird lady lives above the concert hall?
    • Either the staff or owner of the hall thought she was okay to stay there, or they probably don't care that much.

     Robbing Duncan's Toy Chest after blabbing 
  • Harry and Marv may be stupid, but they should have known better than to go through with the robbery. Marv told Kevin the plan when they had him captured, which Harry knew was dumb, but Marv rationalized by saying that they were going to kill him before he could tell anyone. So even Marv is bright enough to know that they can't have anyone alive and out there in New York who knows their plan. Then Kevin escapes. And they go ahead and rob the joint anyway. At least in the first movie they knew they'd be dealing with just a kid, didn't know the kid knew they were coming, and thought they could scare him into cooperating. With Kevin out there knowing exactly when and where they will commit a robbery, why wouldn't they assume he'll call the cops?
    • Because they honestly thought (hoped) that he had gotten lost in the park or better yet, died in there ("Grown men go into the park and don't leave out alive- good luck kid"). Marv was stupid enough to tell him the plan in the first place, so him saying it wouldn't matter isn't really a great feat of his intellect, so yes they really are just THAT dumb, not to mention greedy and desperate. There was also only a few hours between that scene and the actual robbery, so they may have decided just to risk it. As it happens, Kevin didn't rat them out to the police, so they nearly got away with it regardless. You could also argue that Harry and Marv had no idea Kevin even knew what or where Duncan's Toy Chest even was, and he might not have remembered the name if he had.

     Home to Hotel timeline 
  • The McCallister family woke up at 8AM. When Kevin checks in at the Plaza Hotel, the clock behind the desk says about 2:50PM. So Kevin went to the airport, checked in, got on the plane, took a flight from Chicago to New York, arrived at JFK International, took a taxi into Manhattan, went to Midtown, Chelsea, Chinatown, Battery Park, the WTC observation deck, Central Park, and the Plaza Hotel, made a reservation and checked in, all in just five hours and fifty minutes (since he would've lost an hour due to switching time zones)?

     NYC Geography - Does Kevin Teleport? 
  • Kevin explores NYC at the start of the second film via taxi. This makes sense, since he's using the money and credit cards in his dad's backpack to finance this operation. But when he's confronted at the hotel, he leaves behind the backpack with the cash and the (now declined) credit card. Yet, he somehow manages to make his way from the Plaza Hotel (midtown, closer to the Upper East Side) to his uncle's house (on W 95th Street, high on the Upper West Side) and then to Rockefeller Center (midtown, further south than the Plaza Hotel). It's a distance of 3-4 miles one way, even cutting through Central Park, which is a lot for a kid to walk and would take more time than the film implies actually elapsed between these scenes. He could get a free ride once, but twice? Without someone dropping him off at the nearest police station because a little kid alone in Manhattan, scared and with no money, screams "runaway" or "kidnapped"?

Home Alone Three

    Home Alone 3's Chicken pox 
  • In Home Alone 3, the reason the boy is left behind every day is because he has chicken pox and therefore is not at school (the disease is contagious so that makes sense). We see he has some spots on his belly, but that's about it. Chicken pox usually has other symptoms than the rash just being there, like it being itchy, the child will usually have a fever, nausea, and bad headaches. While those last three are maybe okay to leave out, the itchiness of the disease is practically standard for all entertainment, but it never shows up. It's really hard, watching the movies to believe the kid is sick at all. I'm not asking for it to disable him or anything, but a reminder now and then that the reason he's home is that he's sick would be nice.
    • Plus his siblings around around him and then go to school. Even if they've had it before, the disease is highly contagious. I wonder how many people they infected?
      • Then they infected some children who will spend a few days at home. Chicken pox isn't the plague; the whole family doesn't have to go into quarantine.
    • He is itchy though. Mrs. Hess calls him out on "scratching in front of a lady", his parents tell him not to scratch, and his brother makes a joke about the resulting scars. They probably, off-screen, slathered him in calamine lotion and had him take oatmeal baths (which really cuts down on the itching).
      • You even see Alex's mom putting calamine on him before she leaves for work, the first time.
    • Home Alone 3 came out in 1997. The chickenpox vaccine became available in the US in 1995. Perhaps he was vaccinated and his case was very mild.

     Alex calling the police 
  • I get that the third film set Alex up as having called the police so much that they probably wouldn't have believed him if he called when the terrorists were in his own house, but if the police get a call, aren't they obligated to respond whether they believe it or not? If Alex had made a call and they chose to ignore it, only for him to turn up injured (or worse), it wouldn't have looked very good for them.
    • He's got in trouble for it before and each time the burglars had eluded the law anyway, not to mention by now he's realised that they aren't ordinary burglars since they can re-route phone calls and are after military technology. It's perfectly reasonable for a young kid (which, again, answers 90% of the complaints on this page) to simply decide that the police aren't going to be of any help in this situation, and he's arguably correct.

    Kevin's future 
  • I know many people complain about the third movie, simply because it didn't have the original cast and actors and such, but let's try this on for size: in the commentary on the Family Fun Edition DVD of the first movie, director Chris Columbus talks about an idea John Hughes had for a third movie in which Harry and Marv turn over new leaves, move to the suburbs, start families for themselves, and so forth, meanwhile, Kevin apparently turned into a bad seed that he ends up in jail, and after he's released, hunts Harry and Marv down to exact revenge on them. So, would haters of #3 have preferred that scenario instead?
    • I certainly would.
      • Me too.

Home Alone Four

     What Was Up With Natalie? 
  • For the first 2/3 of the movie or so she is nothing but nice to Kevin and his family. Then (after the engagement party is ruined.) she suddenly gets a lot bitchier towards Kevin. Is it just because she thinks he's trying to ruin her relationship or is it something else? I read elsewhere on this very site that the plan was originally for Peter to stay with her, but Executive Meddling forced them to change it. Did they maybe get the order to change half-way through writing/filming and thought "We better make her seem like a bitch so they don't feel bad for her when Peter leaves her?" If so, they did a damn lousy job of it, though it would explain a lot.


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