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Home Alone

children & family, comedy

When little Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind when his family dashes off on a Christmas trip, he is left to defend his family's home from two bumbling burglars until the relatives return.

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common sense

ON for kids age 7
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Slapstick family holiday comedy brings the pain.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know there's a tremendous amount of slapstick violence in this movie, some of which results in very painful-looking injuries. The main character inflicts serious pain on two would-be burglars -- he trips them down a flight of stairs, burns them, hits them with heavy objects, places sharp objects on the ground for them to step on, and so on. Kevin is also shown watching a violent '30s gangster flick that his parents forbid him from seeing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether or not they think slapstick violence is funny. Is it ever appropriate to laugh when someone gets hurt?
  • With younger kids, parents may also want to discuss the steps they should take in the event they ever do get left alone, especially if they sense they're in danger.
  • In the film, Kevin decides to take on the burglars himself and wins. Instead of attempting to foil them on his own, how could he have sought help?

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4 stars

I made my family disappear. Macaulay Culkin was so adorable. And he's such a good actor in that age. I really liked this movie. My all-time favorite. It's cute and entertaining. I do recommend this to watch.

- 3niR, Saturday, September 11, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

4 stars

A great family/comedy that makes every kids dream come true. It is mainly so enjoyable in the fact that a kid is able to outsmart two grown men. It is hard not to love and has the best child actor of all time, Macaulay Culkin. A perfect holiday movie.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, November 26, 2009