Home Alone

Home Alone (1990)

52 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: When Kevin's mother realises she's forgotten her son and decides to return, she takes a plane, but the plane which she arrives in later is totally different.

Correction: She says to the person at the airline counter that she has flown on several different flights trying to get back to Chicago. She doesn't even know where she is at that moment.

3

Corrected entry: Kevin's dad calls the neighbour's house and leaves a message. How can he when he and the neighbors live on the same block and the phones are supposed to be out?

Correction: Since there are no workers fixing the phone lines, and Kevin called a pizza guy after this scene, that must mean that the phone lines have been fixed.

3

Corrected entry: Kevin can manage to do the shopping, and work out how to use the washing machine; and yet he needed his mum to help pack his suitcase?

Correction: All mothers see their kids as helpless, and all kids usually end up taking advantage of it.

Sereenie
4

Correction: This is a major theme of the movie. Kevin (and his family) learn that he's not helpless. He could have packed his suitcase if he'd actually tried.

2

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
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That seems pretty unreasonable considering he bought his groceries and returned home in the daytime but his pizza wasn't delivered until nighttime. That also doesn't explain how Mr. McCallister was able to call the neighbors across the street from them and leave a message but didn't attempt to call his own house.

Corrected entry: When the robbers return to the McAllisters' house and are scared off by Kevin's fake "party," why didn't they notice that even though lots of "people" were inside, no cars were parked outside the house?

Correction: As a matter of fact, there WERE cars outside - in the garage (the same cars that made Kevin think his family hadn't gone to the airport.) The guy must have thought all those people were the large amount of people he'd seen when he was disguised as a police officer (he couldn't have remembered them all.)

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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.

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2

Corrected entry: When Kevin prepares the house to defend it against the bandits, he pours water over the steps at the front door and on the stairs to the basement. The water freezes practically immediately. In a later shot, when Kevin is running from the bandits to his neighbours house, you see that the street is covered with puddles of (liquid) water.

Correction: The street may have been salted, which would cause ice or snow to melt into puddles. At the same time, an unsalted surface (as in the steps) would continue to accumulate ice.

2

Corrected entry: The McAllister's flight arrives at Paris's Orly airport. Orly is used for domestic/continental flights only. DeGaulle is Paris's international airport.

Correction: Check here for all destinations from Paris-Orly, including USA (under heading 'select destination country (direct flights)'): http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-from/ory/cheapest-flights-from-paris-orly.html?rtn=1

bacupboy
2

Corrected entry: In the scene towards the end where Kevin dials 911, we get a shot of the phone with a logo that reads "BellSouth Products" on it. In the Chicago area in 1990, the phone provider would not have been BellSouth, but Ameritech, which is based out of Chicago.

Correction: BellSouth did and does resell residential home telephone sets with their logo. These were definitely available in the Chicago area at that time as I owned one. They were available at most electronics retailers throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Ameritech did sell some phone handsets, but not many.

2

Corrected entry: After Kevin has been out of the house and said, "I'm not afraid anymore", it was night, but when his mom calls from Paris and they send a policeman to their house, it is broad daylight and Kevin is still under the bed cover.

Correction: When the policeman comes to the house, it's still nighttime.

2

Corrected entry: To pay for his groceries, Kevin hands the cashier a folded-up bill, and the cashier takes it, still folded. When the scene immediately cuts to the cashier, she is holding an unfolded bill.

Sarah Van Winkle

Correction: You can only see the top corner of the bill in that shot. You can't tell if it's folded or unfolded. In the next shot afterwards that you can see the bill, it is unfolded, but she would have had time to unfold it by then.

2

Corrected entry: In the scene where Kevin is sentenced to the third floor, you can see that the roof joists of this house are open and un-insulated, making this attic way too cold for use as a spare bedroom - something a resident of "Shermer, Illinois" and not southern California would know.

Correction: We never saw the full room, there could be a heater somewhere in there keeping it warm. In my house there is no working furnace so it also gets very cold here, so we have heaters.

2

Correction: Look closely and you will see some type of heater in the attic.

1

Corrected entry: Electrical irons are bottom heavy so that they stand up more sturdily. How would Marv be left with the imprint of the top part when the bottom of the iron falls first?

Correction: The entire iron would fall at the same time. The speed of gravity is not affected by the weight of the object. Both the heavy bottom and the lighter top would fall at the same rate, each having an equal chance of hitting him.

2

Corrected entry: The flight that the McCallisters take from Chicago to Paris is one of the slowest Trans-Atlantic flights on record, especially considering it's on a Boeing 767. Their flight takes roughly 24 hours; a normal flight from O'Hare to Paris takes roughly 8 hours.

Correction: Firstly, the flight is on a DC-10 (though the movie shows a 757 arriving in Paris). Second, there is no clear reference to the time of day when the McAllisters arrive in Paris. However, assuming a mid-morning departure from Chicago (say 10:00am), an 8 hour flight and the 7 hour time difference, it would be close to 1:00am local when the flight landed.

2

Corrected entry: When Harry and Marv are swinging on the clothes line they hit the brick wall and it moves.

Correction: I have watched this scene carefully, even pausing it, and I can't see the wall moving. They do however bounce off it due to the speed at which they hit it, which gives the illusion that its the wall moving, but it's actually their bodies that bounce.

2

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
1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

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1

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.

1

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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Trivia: When Kevin is in Buzz's bedroom, he finds in the box a picture of Buzz's girlfriend. This is actually a picture of the art director's son dressed up to look like a girl, because the director, Chris Columbus, thought it would be too harsh to make fun of a girl like that.

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Question: Why was Kevin's family so mean to him?

Answer: The ones who were mean just saw Kevin as a brat. However, it's not uncommon in situations of being in an overcrowded house to easily lose one's patience and temper and become frustrated with small, but irritating things; which seems to happen to his mother. Bud just has that general big brother contempt for his kid brother, but obviously still loves him, along with everyone else in the family, at the end when he finds out Kevin is safe.

Bishop73

Nuts to that. They all could've tried a little harder, that's one lame excuse for treating someone like garbage and I come from a good sized bunch who've done the same to me. You also forget his uncle didn't care about him regardless of the situation.

Rob245

Like it or not the answer is perfectly valid. Families have different dynamics. Kevin is something of a brat (he calls his mother "dummy" and openly wishes he didn't have a family), as are his brothers and sisters, especially Buzz. I for one have TWO uncles in my family who behave just like the uncle in the movie. We don't invite them over, but we've had similar situations to what's depicted in the film.

Jason Hoffman

Hey I've had three uncles, father's older brothers, he hated all three of them, cared only when they started dying. Yeah the dynamics and all, my mother has stated "You ruined this family" though this bunch didn't need my help in being messed up. My sympathies to you Mr Hoffman, your uncles Dustin and Philip Seymour must be/been terrible, just kidding only on the famous names there, no offense meant.

Rob245

It's just a movie! The characters are fictional and were given contrived, exaggerated, over-the-top personalities to fit the comedic plot. It's pointless to compare them to real-life family dynamics.

raywest Premium member

Exactly. It's done for entertainment.

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