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We finish Home Alone! Joz runs in the snow! Paulo goes butt-first out a window! Pitr comes upon the edge of madness!

Episodes 34-35 of Film Reroll. Based on the 1990 family comedy.

When the nine-year-old Kevin McCallister's family mysteriously disappears days before Christmas, life actually seems pretty good for the young boy. However, things soon turn ugly when two robbers — Harry and Marv — start showing an interest in the supposedly empty family house. Now it's up to Kevin to use all of his boy engineering skills — and recently purchased deadly artillery — to defend himself and his home from the intruders.

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This is the first campaign since Frozen to feature Film Reroll's original four players. It's also the first true Player Versus Player campaign of the show. note 

Starring Jocelyn "Joz" Vammer as Kevin, Pitr Strait as Harry, Paulo Quiros as Marv and Jon Miller as the Dungeon Master.

Followed by Rogue One.


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  • Acrofatic: Harry does a vault — described as "catlike" by DM Jon Miller — over one of Kevin's firetraps. Sadly, Marv wasn't watching.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
  • Bear Trap: One of Kevin's protective measures. Naturally, it is Marv who triggers it.
  • Call-Back:
    • Near the beginning, when Kevin is wishing his family would all disappear, one of the other players interpolates the goblin voices from Labyrinth. Also an Actor Allusion to Joz, who played Sarah in that campaign.
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    • The players are disappointed to learn that the police officer Harry and Marv encounter isn't Jeff.
    • Pitr Strait desperately tries to connect the campaign to Halloween by suggesting that Harry rose from the dead and became Michael Myers (despite the fact that Halloween was set before Home Alone.)
  • Cat Scare: Pitr almost does a Rage Quit when his character springs a trap where a saw blade is swung at his face, but it ends up hitting him with its broad side, so he makes it out alive with only a knocked-out tooth and a small concussion.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the first episode, Kevin "fixes" a leaking tap by plugging it up with a piece of cloth. In the next episode — 48 in-game hours later — the leak explodes, flooding the master bedroom and collapsing the entire back entrance of the house.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Given that this is a Home Alone campaign, this is naturally prelevent.
    • The players feel that the original movie was so full of this that it already feels like a Film Reroll version of a far more wholesome film. (They also theorise that the filmmakers watched a lot of Looney Tunes growing up.)
  • Convenient Misfire: Kevin tries to shoot the bandits with a BB gun, but it turns out to not be working.
  • Crosscast Role: Joz Vammer plays Kevin. She considers it handy that he already Screams Like a Little Girl.
  • Death by Adaptation: When Harry is arrested at the end, he stabs a cop to get free and continue his pursuit of Kevin, and is shot down.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: After Harry gets killed in the final confrontation, Kevin blames him for all the damage to the house.
  • Demoted to Extra: Kevin is now the only major member of the McCallister family. The rest are only mentioned in passing.
  • Disney Death: It seems like Marv will be Killed Offscreen when he gets stuck in a window in the burning house, but he (barely) gets out of there alive.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Joz hadn't seen Home Alone since she was a kid and didn't remember much of it, so Paulo told her not to rewatch the film in order to not just copy the original traps but instead come up with her own.
    • Pitr and Paulo actually leave the room when Joz / Kevin sets up the traps, so that they won't be prepared for them.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • Kevin builds puppets out of balloons, bedsheets and coathangers to fake a well-attended party. The bandits fall for it and think it has to be some form of political rally, making them more eager to enter the house.
    • When the bandits reach the now rather disheveled master bedroom, they believe that someone else has already robbed the house.
  • Epileptic Trees: In-Universe. Paulo theorizes that the One Ring might be in the boiler.
  • Fingertip Drug Analysis: When Harry dips his finger into the remains of the goop from one of Kevin's traps, Pitr asks if he's going to taste it and then gets sidetracked into a rant about the trope.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Kevin, listed on his character sheet as a "Boy Engineer".
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Harry believes that this happening to him and Marv (though they later admit that they are not very dangerous.) Given how deadly the traps are, he's not completely wrong...
  • Ignoring by Singing: At one point, when Pitr and Paulo want to discuss the bandits' strategy without Joz hearing, they suggest she do this, but she decides to go into the next room instead because singing over the discussion would make it hard for the audience to hear what was going on.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: While Harry is giving first aid to Marv, Pitr attempts to say "Dammit Jim, I'm a bandit, not a doctor!" but manages to get most of the words in the wrong order.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Unlike in the original film, Marv is the sole victim of nearly all of Kevin's traps. Ironically, he's also the only one of the bandits to make it through the campaign alive.
  • Kangaroo Court: Pitr Strait feels that Jon Miller turns the whole campaign into one of these. Jon eventually admits that he really wanted to see the bandits die.
  • Long Speech Tea Time: At the beginning of part two, when Jon is explaining the adaptations he's made to the damage rules so that Harry and Marv won't be killed outright by the first trap, his explanation is interrupted by Pitr snoring.
  • Made of Iron: The game is played under customized damage rules — the main feature being that no attack will ever cause more than one point of damage — to mimic the bandits' ability to take damage and keep going in the movie. When the cops open fire on Harry, Pitr cites the damage rules to argue that Harry might survive, but Jon plays through the encounter one bullet at a time to show that even at only one point of damage per bullet, a hail of bullets is still lethal.
  • Man on Fire:
    • The first trap Marv encounters is a bucket filled with flammable hair gel which falls down on his head. The gel is then ignited by a spray can and a lighter, burning away Marv's hair and (temporarily) crippling his arms.
    • Kevin tries repeating the trick later by lighting up a puddle of oil on the front door steps. This time, Marv manages to avoid the fire, but it still traps him inside the house, and eventually lights it ablaze.
  • Mistaken Identity: Kevin thinks the large, white-bearded Vietnam veteran he encounters is Santa.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The bandits become convinced that the McCallister house is full of "Metrosexual Politician Gangster Beat Poet Hairdressers."
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Subverted. Kevin tries to rile up Harry by calling him a chicken. He responds by saying that he's so hungry that he might actually make some chicken if Kevin would just let him into the kitchen.
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: At the beginning of part two, when Jon is explaining the adaptations he's made to the damage rules and Pitr is manifestly not concentrating, Jon throws in "and that's why we're starting Pitr off with a halfway-broken leg and one arm and also only one eye" to recapture his attention.
  • Off the Rails:
    • Averted at first. The bandits several times have to talk themselves out of just giving up and bringing the story to a premature close. More significantly, the story nearly goes off in a completely different direction right at the start when Joz does too well on her first die roll and Kevin wakes up while his family are still in the house; Joz lets him get distracted and stay upstairs until they've gone, though Jon says he also had prepared for the possibility of Kevin going to France with everyone else.
    • In the end, the greatest changes to the plot are that the McCallister house is utterly demolished in the climax, that Marv manages to escape, and that Harry is apprehended by the police rather than Old Man Marley, and is shot dead when he stabs one of the cops with a knife.
  • Original Character:
    • Tim, the Straw Nihilist supermarket cashier.
    • Harold, the Vietnam veteran and Army/Navy store owner Kevin mistakes for Santa. He ends up training Kevin and selling him weapons to defend his house.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Harry and Marv dislike blind people, because they always wear sunglasses.
  • Reincarnation: While Jon is wrapping up the characters' fates at the end, Pitr asserts that Harry was reincarnated nine months later, as a baby who, in defiance of all known medical science, already had one gold tooth.
  • Sanity Slippage: Harry (and quite possibly Pitr) suffers from one throughout the campaign, where he grows more and more obsessed with Kevin and his house, to the point that he's more willing to burn to death in it than giving it up.
    Harry: Like with Heaven with Earth, so above, so below, as outside as inside, Marv!
    Marv: I am so disappointed.
    Harry: The inside's gotta be so good, like a beautifully roasted bronzino. Let's light this house on fire and eat it! I want to become the house! I want to consume it! Make it mine and I will be part of it! I want to take his house... off!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Harry becomes obsessed with killing Kevin to the point of disregarding the most basic precautions, Marv decides that he's had enough. Even so, it takes him considerable effort to get out of the house in one piece.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smoke Out: Kevin uses smoke bombs to confuse the bandits. He may have gotten the idea from the smoke machine he accidentally turned on earlier.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Sweet heartwarming music accompanies the sequence where Joz describes the lethal traps Kevin is laying for the burglars.
  • Spoiler Title: Parodied. The players treat their announcement of which movie they're gonna play through as a big reveal, even though it's clearly stated in the title.
  • Take a Third Option: After Kevin tries to taunt Harry and Marv into following him into the kitchen, Harry reflects that either the kitchen is a trap or the kitchen contains something important that Kevin's using reverse psychology to keep them away from. Rather than waste time on I Know You Know I Know speculation, he opts for a third option: ignore the kitchen, and go rob a part of the house they now know Kevin isn't in.
  • The Talk: Harry and Marv try to give this to Kevin, as they are convinced that people have origies in his house. According to them, sex consists of "penetration, fluids and enthusiastic consent."
  • Tempting Fate: Early in the home invasion, Paulo remarks that so far the bandits have been rolling well and Joz has been rolling poorly, and gets an angry reaction from Pitr because saying so out loud is a sure way to jinx it.
  • Trash the Set: Kevin and the bandits manage to flood, burn down and demolish the McCallister house during their struggle. (In the end, all the damage is blamed on Harry.)
  • Understatement: When the revenge-obsessed Harry is going after Kevin with a knife and is apprehended by a police officer:
    Pitr: I stab the cop.
    Jon: The cop doesn't like that.
  • The Unintelligible: Marv temporarily becomes this when he gets shot through the neck with a crossbow arrow. Amazingly enough, this doesn't kill him, and it only lasts until Harry pulls out the projectile and binds the wound. The only lasting effect is that Marv's voice gets raspier.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Kevin has "Mature For Your Age!" as a wildcard skill, covering such skills as Diplomacy and Housekeeping.

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