RTBN 25 Days of Christmas: Day Nine
Day Nine: Home Alone
The premise of Home Alone is one that fills every kid with joy, and every parent with dread. In that way, I guess, it somewhat resembles the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, one that can leave adults exhausted even as children are almost boundless in their joy. To be clear, I am thinking less about seasonal grumpiness (we already talked about the Grinch, after all), and more about situations like this:

When Kevin McAllister's (Macaulay Culkin) horribly neglectful family flies off to Paris for Christmas without him, he is at first overjoyed at the chance to live out the 8-year-old equivalent to Risky Business. But then, comical disaster strikes as two idiotic burglars (Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci) set their sights on robbing his house.

But Kevin, whose knowledge of stand-your-ground laws would probably make him a great lawyer, and who clearly has a future in engineering (or perhaps some sort of black ops security company) decides his home is his castle, and two insanely stupid, shockingly persistent burglars aren't going to take his hard-won belongings. What follows is a third act full of some of the most inspired physical comedy in modern Hollywood history...at least if you believe young Jordan, who loved this movie dearly.

Home Alone isn't particularly stunning from a film-making perspective (it's directed by Chris Colombus, after all), but its the sort of classic child wish fulfillment and silly slapstick comedy that make it the perfect storm for a family film. It's little wonder it remains the highest grossing comedy of all time. For the kids, there are bad guys getting hit with stuff (with a lot of stuff, actually), and for the adults, there are performances by comedy heavyweights like Catherine O'Hara and John Candy, plus a charming peformance by Joe Pesci where he doesn't ask a single person if they think he's funny. In other words, its the ideal Christmas film to pop on when the various strands of your family are around and you've run out of things to say to each other.

Tomorrow on RTBN 25 Days of Christmas:

Jordan looks in on a modern Christmas classic, sounding off on the clay-mation Community episode "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas."
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