The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Due to a mixed-up headcount, young Kevin McCallister is accidentally left home alone when his family goes to Paris for the Christmas holidays. Meanwhile, a duo of dumb burglars conspire to rob his house.
Home Alone is the highest-grossing live action comedy of all time. When it was released in late 1990 it stayed the top movie at the box office for twelve consecutive weeks. It was a massive success and it made a huge star out of then ten-year-old Macaulay Culkin.
The story of Home Alone involves a family's Christmas-time vacation to France. During the rush to make an airplane flight, the McCallister family inadvertently leaves be behind eight-year-old Kevin. Kevin at first enjoys his newfound independence, but throughout the film he comes to miss his family.
At the same time two burglars (The Wet Bandits) plot to rob the McCallister's home, thinking it would be easy to subdue a small boy. However the two get more than they bargained for when they have to contend with the series of traps Kevin has laid for them around the home. Kevin manages to capture the burglars with the help of his next-door neighbor, Marley, an old man who is estranged from his son.
Meanwhile, Kevin's mother Kate attempts to return home to Kevin. Due to flight cancellations she ends up hitching a ride in a van with a polka band.
At the end of the film Kevin is reunited with his family, Marley is reunited with his son and the bandits are arrested by the police. Merry Christmas, everyone!
In 1990, Sony Music Entertainment released the Home Alone soundtrack which contained all of the 19 tracks composed by John Williams.
The first Home Alone video game was released in 1991. Home Alone games were produced for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Super NES, Nintendo GameBoy, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, and the Amiga. There was also a Playstation 2 video game that never made it to store shelves in the US.