home alone movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This family-friendly comedy definitely takes slapstick humour to quite a point, but is fine for kids. Home Alone is a Christmas-set classic with an exceedingly charming story that’s packed with clever and witty ideas.


8-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind at home when his family leaves for Christmas. He ends up having to take responsibilities and protect his home from two burglars.

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Movie details

Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, Devin Ratray, John Heard, John Candy, Gerry Bamman
Writer: John Hughes
Release Date (Australia): 13 December 1990
Runtime: 103 minutes/1h 43m
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film contains thematic elements such as robbery, threat and dangerous situations.

Violence (PG)

The film features slapstick violence in the form of scenes in which characters are hit by blunt objects, accompanied by bruise detail. There is also a brief depiction of a man being shot on a television screen.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains a single brief use of the word “s**t”, in addition to uses of the words “hell”, “ass”, “crap” and “damn”.

Sex (G)

There are infrequent and brief sexual references throughout the film.

mpaa rating

PG (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Home Alone’s delightful concentration on an average child cleverly and wittingly defending his home from burglars creates true magic you’ll wanna revisit every Christmas. And even with the brief swear words and violent slapstick-natured humour, it’s definitely Christmas-themed nostalgia you’ll wanna experience with your family.

Aside from Macaulay Culkin’s hilarious execution as this excited and energetic 8-year-old, there’s other tremendously witty characters who also take up the film’s plan. This family-friendly comedy delivers a family with all sorts of obvious troubles and of course, a small group of bad guys who are executed hilariously by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Kevin is an extremely fizzy character who’s fun to witness, but bandits Pesci and Stern steal the show with very original personalities.

The humour, that’s usually slapstick in nature, definitely reaches to a violent level that most kids’ slapstick comedies don’t head for. But the trap-setting tricks always mark the climax of the excitement. For gratification between children and adults, Home Alone is charming but also never allows its plot to explore anything boring.

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