Home Alone

Home Alone (1990)

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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 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: The family checks in to a United Ticket Counter, yet they fly an American Airlines plane.

Correction: It's not uncommon (especially around the holidays) for airlines to share ticket counters.

Corrected entry: In the scene at the end when Kevin runs down the stairs to meet his mom, his hair totally changes in the next shot.

Correction: The wind, as he runs down the stairs, pushed his hair up, but when he is stationary at the bottom of the stairs it returns to normal.

Corrected entry: When Kevin pushed Buzz and spills the milk, everyone rushed over to clean it up. Fuller runs over and gets stuck between the chair and the wall. Kevin's aunt runs over to Fuller, and she's maybe five feet away when the scene switches. It shows everyone cleaning up the mess. That lasts for about ten seconds then the scene switches back to Kevin's aunt and Fuller. She just got to him and takes him out from behind the chair. What was she doing for the past ten seconds?

Correction: Maybe the aunt was focusing on Buzz and Kevin and didn't notice that her son was behind the chair.

Corrected entry: When Kevin is running through the next-door neighbour's basement, there is a lot of water pouring down from the upper levels of the house into the basement (the burglar's had turned the taps on earlier on in the movie). Yet, when Kevin reaches the kitchen, the taps are turned off - where is the water supposed to be coming from?

Correction: When Kevin reaches the kitchen, he is confronted by Harry and Marv. The shot shows that the taps are turned on and water is leaking over the sides.

Corrected entry: During the head count, Heather (the girl counting heads) counts herself twice-once at the beginning and then at the end. So even if Kevin was there instead of Mitch Murphy, there would still only have been 10 kids, therefore another kid had to have been missing.

Correction: She does count herself twice but because Buzz was talking she put her hand on the blonde-headed girl next to him but doesn't say her number and if you pay attention to who she counted the girl should have been six, but she counted Buzz as Six. So she may have counted herself twice because she had forgotten to give the blonde-headed girl a number or she forgot she counted herself, but either way she still counted the correct number of kids there should be.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry and Marv are in Kevin's neighbour's house, when Kevin's dad calls, Harry picks up the phone to listen to the message, and the phone is on the hook. It shows him listening, then he calls out to Marv, and the camera looks at Marv, then when it returns to Harry, the phone is off the hook.

Correction: That's Marv who picks up the phone and the camera looks then at Harry (near the christmas tree) and returns to Marv.

Corrected entry: At the beginning, the mum is on the phone and right before Kevin jumps on to the bed, she was saying, 'No, we're not taking the dog, we're putting him in a kennel.' We never see a dog or any evidence of a dog in either this movie or its sequel.

Correction: There is mention of there being a dog. It was not said, but there was a dog door. So we never saw the dog, but it would have been possible for there to be one.

Corrected entry: When Kevin and Buzz are fighting over the pizza, you can see there are no black boots over by the door of the kitchen. But in the next shot, when he lights the firecrackers with the BBQ lighter, you can see the black boots.

dell

Correction: Already submitted and corrected.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, Jeff McCallister throws his bag down the stairs vertically, yet, the bag lands horizontally at Joe Pesci's feet.

Correction: As that's a "depending" reply, you have to go with what we see and that's that the bag ending up horizontal at his feet. It should have been vertical.

Your logic is backward. What we see on screen is the bag rotating. Unless the movie shows something that indicates it could not happen, it is not a mistake.

It's a movie mistake without question.

Correction: Depending on the weight packed inside and the angle at which it was thrown, the bag may have rotated in midair.

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.

If someone thought to call the embassy.

If Mrs McAllister didn't - and nothing in her character suggests that she is so stupid as to neglect such a vital fact - the one of the airline staff to whom she tells her story either would have told her to or would have done so on her behalf. That is an essential part of their training. As one poster said, 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 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

OK, so he calls the police when he gets back to the shop, or stops someplace to find a phone. The cops go out and find no bullet holes in the door or walls and no signs that the place had been shot up. Where's the crime?

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.

Continuity mistake: When Kevin goes to the grocery, he buys Tide detergent. While walking home, the two bags break, but no Tide detergent falls out.

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Question: If Old Man Marley is actually a nice man (and not a "shovel slayer" as Buzz claims) then why does he always give Kevin that cold, creepy stare? After Kevin ran away the first time wouldn't he want to talk to Kevin the next time, to assure him that everything is okay?

Answer: Because he's understandably angry that Kevin's so unreasonably scared of him and assumes the worst in him without even getting a chance to know him. He never gets a chance to talk to him, because he always runs away too quickly. The first time he gives him that stare was when Kevin was watching him shovel from the window. Nobody would like to be stared at like that while doing a simple task.

MikeH

Answer: Marley appears that way mostly because the audience sees him from Kevin's point of view. Marley is miserable and sad because he is estranged from his family, but we see him as a crotchety, unpleasant person because that is what Kevin believes. Buzz had tainted Kevin's opinion of him by spreading the false stories that a gullible Kevin believed were true.

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