Home Alone

Revealing mistake: When Harry tells Marv to go back while they are climbing across the rope, in the shot facing them front-on, you can see Kevin in the background about to cut the rope. If you look closely this is not Kevin, it is his stand-in.

mightymick

Continuity mistake: When Marley comes into the drug store to see Kevin, the wrapping paper is leaning on the shelves, but in the next shot the wrapping paper is gone.

dell

Continuity mistake: When Kevin puts the spider on Marv's nose you can see a box of junk is almost halfway off the steps of the attic but in the next shot at the start of the film the box is no longer halfway off the steps.

dell

Continuity mistake: When Kevin is washing dishes, there's Bubbles on his hands, but in the next shot there's no bubbles on his hands.

dell

Continuity mistake: Harry and Marv both get hit with the paint containers on the stairs. Look at the front doorway when Marv gets hit. The cord (from the hot implement attached on the doorknob) is in an 'S' shape and lots of micro machines litter the doorway. Harry then gets hit. When he gets up to go up the stairs after Kevin, the cord has moved and the micro machines are well clear of the doorway.

Continuity mistake: When the 2 burglars are breaking into the McAllister home, the tall burglar gets hit square in the face by an iron...he has iron marks on his forehead and cheeks but not his nose...how could the iron not hit his nose?

Other mistake: When Gus Polinski talks about his music, he mispronounces "Daj mi buzi" (Die-Me-Boo-Gee) as "Domavougi." "Daj mi buzi" is Polish for "Give Me a Kiss."

AAL117

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Suggested correction: I think this is meant to be a "deliberate mistake ", which didn't show up as an option to suggest making the change elsewhere (under "edit"). It appears to be part of the comedy - he should know how to pronounce it. Another opinion would be helpful.

KeyZOid

Continuity mistake: When Frank squishes Fuller with the chair, we see Frank walk off. However about 5 seconds later we see Frank's wife rescue Fuller, and Frank walks off again. (00:09:35)

Ssiscool

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Suggested correction: Not a mistake. Frank never walks off the first time.

Perhaps the wrong phrase was used. He actually moves away from the front part of the seat to the left and out of shot of the camera. When the shot is shown of Frank's wife rescuing fuller, Frank repeats his actions of walking away from the front part of the seat and moving to his left. There is no reasonable reason he would move back in front of the chair for the purpose of repeating this action. Especially since his wife is trying to rescue Fuller and would not permit Frank to return to his original position. So the mistake is valid, just an error in wording.

Ssiscool

Continuity mistake: In the supermarket when Kevin puts the groceries on the conveyor belt, he sets the tissue paper standing up. The next shot of Kevin shows the tissue on its side and farther back, the next shot it's back to its original position.

Continuity mistake: Right before Kevin destroys the shelves after climbing up to reach the metal box, the box with Buzz's life savings (on top of the shelves in his room) moves between the overhead and ground shots.

manthabeat

Continuity mistake: Kevin's hands change during the micro-machines sequence. He is sitting at the top of the steps, and puts his right hand down. In the next closer shot, both hands are in a different position.

manthabeat

Continuity mistake: After Kevin's whole family comes home, he walks straight to the window to look out. If he had done that, he would be looking out of the side of the house, but he is obviously looking out the front of the house to straight across the street.

Murfcin

Continuity mistake: When the delivery guy stands outside the door and Kevin plays the movie, in the shot from Kevin you see the red curtains are more wide open and you see the silhouette from the delivery guy. In the shot from the delivery guy the red curtains are suddenly more closed and his silhouette couldn't be showing through.

Revealing mistake: Towards the end when Harry walks up the frozen stairs, you can see it switches to a stuntman when he slips and lands on his back. (01:17:55)

dabears51907

Continuity mistake: When Kevin puts the groceries on the belt, there's 2 packs of toilet paper. One in the front and one in the back behind the orange juice. When she scans the orange juice, the other pack of toilet paper isn't there.

Revealing mistake: When old man Marley hits Harry and Marv with the shovel at the end, you can see it's actually a stunt man doing the hitting motions.

manthabeat

Continuity mistake: Buzz comes down the stairs 3 seconds before Kevin, but manages to eat Kevin's entire cheese pizza in the next shot before Kevin could enter the kitchen. (00:08:04 - 00:09:20)

Continuity mistake: When Kevin climbs on the shelves in his brother's bedroom you can see the spider switch to left and right.

dell

Kevin McCallister: This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys, nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?

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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: I think it was a way to make leaving him "home alone" more realistic and understandable as opposed to absurd. Being perceived as a brat/pest and annoying to be around, it is (somewhat) conceivable that none of the family members would be eager to have Kevin by their side. This "frees" all of them from noticing that Kevin isn't with them. Everyone would just assume that Kevin is somewhere among them and each be glad they didn't have to sit next to him on the way to the airport or during the long flight.

KeyZOid

In addition to this, the movie is partially about Kevin learning to have more respect for others. He appreciates his family more as he spends more time without them.

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. Buzz 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.

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

Exactly. It's done for entertainment.

Ssiscool

Also, it's a movie from a child's point of view. Kevin is supposed to be the "victim." As a 35-year-old, I have more sympathy for the adults and older kids. The movie is about Kevin learning to miss his family and be more considerate of others.

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