It's been a little over 25 years since the release of the Chris Columbus's film Home Alone. What seemed to be just a family fun movie about a kid who accidentally got left behind from a family trip only to confront two zany “wet bandits” would eventually become one of the most successful comedy films of all time. It would also become a Christmas tradition for households to watch every holiday season. To this very day, around Christmas time, you can not get past not one movie station that does not play this movie at least twice a day. Even the film's sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, is played incessantly. Not only because Tim Curry is in it (he practically makes the movie) but because it has all the original cast members reprising the roles that helped make the original film so memorable; especially former child star Macaulay Culkin as the fun, mischievous Kevin McCallister.
To be frank, if it wasn't for John Hughes’ magical writing powers and Chris Columbus directing, this film could have been very different if someone else had taken the reins. Or worse never been made. You know all the scenes, you've memorized every line, and probably noticed every bit of product placement and advertisement that made it into the film (Pepsi and American Airlines, anyone?). But, how did this classic come to be? What other factors contributed to film’s success?
Before being handed the script to Home Alone, Columbus set his sights on making another Christmas movie -National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. That is, until he met its star, comedian Chevy Chase. It appears since the beginning the two didn't get along.
5 The Pepsi Drinking "Cousin Fuller" is Played by Culkin’s Brother
John Hughes was the director of the 1989 film Uncle Buck. Afterward he thought one of its star, Macaulay Culkin, would be perfect as Kevin McCallister. Home Alone director Chris Columbus said “I think John knew all along that he wanted Macaulay in the movie but I owed it to myself as a director to see other child actors. John said, 'Okay take your time, do what you need to do.'"
4 The Title Has Become A Verb
3 The Entire Film Was Shot In Chicago
2 Joe Pesci Actually Bit Macaulay Culkin’s Finger
Watching Home Alone is almost a thrill ride, particularly the part where Kevin implements his plans, booby trapping his home to fight off the “wet bandits.” The amount of suffering they go through is pure hilarity but ONLY in fiction. Let's be real, these offenses that Kevin releases on these guys are brutal. For instance, Marv suffers an iron to the face. Dr. Ryan St. Clair from Weill Cornell Medical College spoke to The Week about the possible real life consequences the burglars would experience, and said about the injury that it's a “blowout fracture” which could end up with disfigurement and double vision if left untreated.
1 Holds A Guinness World Record
When Home Alone was released in theaters it was met with very unexpected but monumental success, earning $17,081,997 in just over 1,200 movie theaters. The film stayed at the top of the box office at number one for 12 weeks straight. Until the following summer, the movie stayed in the Top 10. The film was eventually knocked off the top spot by Sleeping With The Enemy. Not only did Home Alone became 1990’s highest grossing film of the year, but the Guinness Book of World Records named the film as the “highest grossing live action comedy ever domestically”. Home Alone (at the time) would also become “the third highest grossing film of all time” following E.T and Star Wars.
Hope you enjoyed the list, "Ya filthy animal!"
Sources: people, chicagomag, wikipedia
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