Home Alone is a series of films that was based on the adventures of a boy named Kevin McCallister (with the exception of the third film which focuses on a child named Alex Pruitt). The term usually refers to the first film in the series, which became the third highest grossing film at the time (1990), making a major star of lead actor Macaulay Culkin.
Home Alone is primarily a coming-of-age story about an 8-year old boy, Kevin. He is the youngest of five and typically gets (as he puts it) "picked on". The film opens to chaos in Kevin's house, as he and his extended family (consisting of his parents, two brothers, two sisters, six cousins, uncle and aunt) prepare for a vacation to France. Kevin is aggrieved about having to sleep in the same bed as his younger cousin, Fuller (who is famous for wetting the bed), and about Buzz (his older brother) eating his only cheese pizza. He attacks Buzz in the kitchen, spilling drinks over the airplane tickets and passports. One of the tickets gets thrown out by mistake as everyone tries to clear up, and Kevin gets banished to the attic room by his irate mother. On the way up, he tells her he wishes his whole family would disappear. Kevin's mom leaves him to sulk, and mentions she'll find somewhere else for Fuller to sleep.
That night, there is a storm and a tree falls over the neighborhood's electricity cables, causing a power-cut. The family's alarm clocks are reset, and they are woken up by two shuttle drivers knocking on the front door. Pandemonium ensues as they realize they've overslept and might not make the flight. Amongst it, the next-door neighbor (who is a similar age to Kevin and bundled up in a wooly hat and coat similar to his) is accidentally included in a head-count as everyone gets into the minibuses. Therefore, they leave the house with Kevin still asleep in the attic.
Kevin wakes up and can't understand why the house is so quiet. He notices the cars are still in the garage, promoting him to think his family can't have left for France yet. He comes to the conclusion his Christmas wish must have come true and he must have actually made his family disappear. Cue mad joyous screaming around the house, jumping on the bed eating popcorn, watching banned films and eating junk food, raiding his brothers private stuff, etc etc.
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