Home Alone

Home Alone (1990)

51 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: After Kevin leaves the church where he's talking with the old man he runs home to make a game plan to protect his house. Kevin runs up the walkway to the front door and walks right in - using no key. Was it unlocked the whole time?

Correction: Maybe it was. It's possible Kevin doesn't have a key to the house or doesn't know where a spare set is. I wasn't given a key to my house by my parents until I was probably twelve. If he doesn't have a key, then he has to leave the door unlocked whenever he goes out, lest he locks himself out of the house. Ultimately, an unlocked door is not a movie mistake.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: When Kevin orders his own cheese pizza and has it delivered, he has some fun with the delivery guy. He plays the video in which someone gets shot and killed. The pizza guy is obviously scared and runs away, believing that he is being shot at. Surely someone who thinks they have just been threatened by a gun would either call the police or investigate further. And if the police got a call of that nature, they would definitely check it out.

Correction: The pizza boy probably realised he'd been pranked a minute later when he calmed down and realised how silly the situation was. Also, the man with the gun did pay for his pizza, even if the tip was lousy.

Correction: I was a pizza boy for a while, I assure you, this isn't all that worse from the way they treat us for real. The man is probably used to this.

dizzyd

Correction: He was probably so terrified that he just bolted and the police never even crossed his mind.

Not necessarily true. When he returns to the shop and people see he is terrified they would ring police after he explained.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: When the first shot of the rigged rope is shown outside of the upstairs window, the rope appears to be horizontal. Yet, when Kevin rides down it, the rope appears to now be sloping downward towards the treehouse.

Correction: That could be because of his weight pulling the rope down.

Corrected entry: When Kevin and Buzz are fighting over by the pizza you can see a cup filled with Pepsi but in the next shot the cup is facing down on the table. (00:09:35)

dell

Correction: It gets knocked over in all the commotion.

Corrected entry: On the morning that Kevin wakes up looking for his family, his hair changes in each scene and stands up straighter on top.

Correction: His hair changes with every scene as he is walking round the house. We don't see him all the time so he could easily have ruffled his hair.

Corrected entry: When the family is rushing all over the house because they're late, they show Brooke coming down the stairs and Heather going up the stairs. Then the scene goes to Mitch Murphy and then comes back to the family rushing. The scene shows the same shot of Brooke and Heather going down and up the stairs. (00:13:50)

Correction: It's not the same clip as the people on the stairs are different between the two shots.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: When Kevin's father leaves the table to stop Kevin from annoying Buzz, the Pepsi bottle is going to fall, In the following shot, the bottle is not falling and the dishes have moved. (00:09:45)

Dr Wilson

Correction: The bottle does fall, causing people to panic and plates to move.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: When Fuller is drinking a Pepsi, a crew member is reflected on his glasses. (00:09:00)

dell

Correction: This is a bit of a stretch, the house is full of people all sat eating pizza around Fuller. Could simply be one of them.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: When Kate is calling for Kevin she has snow on her hair, but in the next shot that snow is gone.

dell

Correction: It would have just melted.

Natasha CatCat Kershaw

Corrected entry: When Kevin opens the window, he overhears Marv and Harry planning to return that night at nine o'clock. At this point, Kevin could have simply called the police and told them what was going to happen. The Wet Bandits would have been caught immediately.

Correction: 2 things, 1 he was worried the police wouldn't believe him and 2 he enjoyed being home alone at that point and didn't want cops to take him somewhere else.

lionhead

Corrected entry: The entire plot relies on Kevin's parents being unable to call home to speak to their son, after the phone service to their house is severed by a falling tree (when the McAllisters are getting into the van a utility worker tells Mrs. McAllister that the power has been restored, but that the phones "are a mess" and that it will take several days to repair them, especially around the holidays). Kevin, however, is somehow able to call Little Nero's to deliver his very own cheese pizza; this is never explained. It serves no purpose but to set up the use of the "Angels with Dirty Souls" tape later in the film. If Kevin is able to do this because the phone lines have been fixed at this point (an argument supported by the fact that Mr McAllister is able to call and leave a message with a neighbour who lives on the same block), then this makes even less sense. Considering the mother is so desperate that she bribes passengers at the airport to secure a seat back from Paris, it is unlikely that the family do not continue to call the house on a regular basis. (00:45:50 - 00:47:25)

Correction: The power repairman tells Mrs. McCallister the phone lines are a mess and it will take "a couple days" to get them fixed. This is simply his guess at how long it will take. As for Kevin ordering the pizza, we don't see him make the call, so we don't know how or where he ordered the pizza. We see him walk into town to buy his toothbrush and groceries, so it's reasonable he could have used a phone in town.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: After Marv gets a nail shoved in his foot in the basement and instead of going back up stairs, he just decides to go back up the slippery ice stairs outside, why did he ditch the basement stairs, he could have gotten in the house a lot quicker without cutting his feet, all he had to do was look out for the nail.

Correction: It wasn't just the nail that was the problem, Kevin had also covered the basement stairs in tar which made everything stick to it. Had Marv attempted to walk up the basement stairs a second time would have taken far too long because his foot would have gotten stuck on each step. Walking back up the slippery ice stairs would probably have been much quicker.

Casual Person

Correction: Marv is also not the brightest bulb in the box to it's pretty reasonable to believe he wouldn't have thought any of it through.

Corrected entry: When Harry and Marv are watching the McCallister house during the day, Harry tells Marv to go to the back door to check things out. Hearing a noise at the door, Kevin plays the video tape with the machine gun shooting, and a stunned Marv falls backwards over the garbage cans turning them all over. Later that night they come back at 9pm to rob the house, but now the garbage cans are all standing back up again.

Hawk

Correction: "Later that night" means that Kevin had plenty of time to put the garbage cans back up.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: When Kevin is talking to Santa as he is getting in his car, Kevin gives his address as 671 Lincoln Boulevard. Later when Kevin is calling 911, he gives his address as 656 Lincoln Boulevard.

Correction: That is because he is giving the address to the house he runs across to, where Merv and Harry are arrested.

Corrected entry: When Marv gets shot in the face by Kevin after sticking his head through the pet door, there's a noticeable delay between when the gun's discharge hits his face, and his reaction.

Correction: A delayed reaction to pain isn't really out of the ordinary. In instances such as this, it can just take a moment for the initial shock to wear off.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: Despite what the airlines might tell you, there is no such thing as a fully booked flight - especially a long-haul flight like the one Mrs. McCallister is looking for. Two or three seats are always kept spare in case of emergencies (like this one) and, if not required, are given or sold very cheaply to airline employees. This practice is known as 'deadheading' and the staff in the U.S. Embassy in Paris would be well aware of it. One phone call from an embassy staffer and Mrs. McCallister would be on that flight.

Correction: Airlines routinely remove passengers from flights in order to accommodate people who require emergency transport. Just ask Dr David Dao, who was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight to make room for another passenger. His is just the most notable case. In fact it happens all the time.

Correction: Unless two or three of the other millions of people in all of Paris happened to have some sort of an emergency (or even faked one to get a seat) and also needed a flight that same day. Not terrifically unlikely, especially during the holiday season.

Phixius Premium member

Not terrifically unlikely, terrifically impossible. There are eighty flights from Charles de Gaulle airport to the east coast of the USA every day and a similar number from Paris Orly. Mrs McAllister would be on one of those flights even if that meant forcibly removing a paying passenger to accommodate her. That's not my opinion, it's a fact.

I recognize the validity of the 'Emergency Flight Accommodation" deals mentioned above, but here's the thing-a major part of the movie (however unbelievable) is that nobody except Mrs. McAllister recognizes that the situation is an emergency. Take the earlier scene, where a cop is sent over: He knocks on the door a few times. We know that Kevin is home, just hiding under the bed. With no answer, he mutters into his walkie-talkie to "count their kids again", and drives off. That's. It. No further investigation, no repeat police visit. It's basically like Mrs. McAllister is an unreliable woman-who-cried-wolf. Given this, why the hell would an airline in this same 'world' start jostling passengers around and messing with its itinerary? Now that I think about it, a lot of this movie is like a nightmare about a Cassandra Complex, lol.

Corrected entry: When Kevin's family arrives late to the airport on their way to Paris, the person at the gate doesn't check their tickets and their seats are waiting for them during the one of the heaviest travel days of the year. Normally, stand-by's would have filled up those seats.

Correction: This was pre-9/11, and as long as they arrived in enough time to board, any standbys would have to give the seats back. We don't see them finding their seats or any standbys leaving, because it simply happens off camera.

Corrected entry: When Kevin goes to the market, he had one pack of toilet paper in his cart and as he heads through checkout. In the next scene, it shows him walking home with two bags. You can see that there are two packs of toilet paper (one in each bag).

Correction: There is one pack of toilet paper in the front of the belt, and one lying down on the back of the belt.

Corrected entry: How would the robbers know exactly what time the lights were going on at the McCallisters' house? It is the first evening they are away from home; and even though Harry visited the house the evening before, he was not told the exact second when the timers were set and didn't leave the hallway to find out for himself.

Correction: They've been casing the neighborhood and Harry made notes on exactly when the automatic lights came on. The people in the neighborhood would have the timers set all the time, not just when they're away.

LorgSkyegon

Corrected entry: When Harry comes through the back door, the blowtorch sets his hat on fire, but doesn't seem to damage or set alight the curtains hanging on the back of the door, even though the flame is pretty big.

Heather Benton Premium member

Correction: Many curtains are available that are either made from a flame-retardant material or are treated to be so; it would make sense for the McCallisters to have such curtains on their door so that, in the event of a house fire, the most obvious exit would also not be engulfed in flames.

Phixius Premium member

Revealing mistake: As Kevin is flying off the front porch on the toboggan, you can see the small wheels mounted on the bottom of the sled to aid in its "jump". (00:25:30)

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