Like Poltergeist with Spielberg or The Thing From Another Planet (1951) with Hawks, creative credit for the film is usually given to producer/screenwriter John Hughes here over Chris Columbus
Far and away the biggest hit of 1990—seems odd in today’s world—not animated, no stars, not a sequel
Featuring Hughes’ suburbia, his knack for nailing the holidays – it’s soaked in Christmas (national lampoons Christmas vacation, planes trains and automobiles with Thanksgiving), solid performances (from Pesci to Daniel Stern, the instant star Macaulay Culkin, the solid Catherine O’Hara– and even the reliable John Candy comes in for a minute and kills it) and cartoon slapstick
John Williams’ wonderful score carries the film. And when he isn’t doing the heavy-lifting (there are hints of the score for 1993’s Jurassic Park in the score) the wall-to-wall soundtrack carries us. We have the absolutely best Christmas songs here and on top of that we have quick shots of it’s a wonderful life (in French- a hilarious scene) and miracle on 34th street– even the cartoon of The Grinch
Love the house loaded with 1990 wallpaper
Again about 15 Xmas songs in a 103 minute movie—almost like Easter Parade and Chicago on a song per minute ratio
Song amusing situation comedy and some weak—“what if an 8 year old tried to buy a toothbrush?”
There’s detail in the family angst – each has a great line and personality even in a few minutes
I think the detail in Christmas is a clear influence—not quite on that level but the Chicago-based detail is there as well. We have the 4 star flag in the attic, the Michael Jordan cutout
It’s manipulative but I love the old-man next door neighbor narrative strand
Recommend- not in or near the top 10 of 1990 but in the archives
If Home Alone is archivable The Program(1993) is archivable as well.A favourite among people who love american football.I got to know a lot about the game,the mindset of players as well as the problems faced by them.The football sequences and the atmosphere of the stadium was captured really well.Filled with memorable characters,great and memorable dialogue it would be a worthy addition to this site.Hard to turn it off when this one is on TV.An American football classic.
@Anderson- “classic”? absolutely not.
No I didn’t mean it that way.It is not a top 10 of the year film for sure.Home Alone is considered a christmas classic.A favourite of people during the christmas season.This film is loved by people who actually played the game.So it is a classic football film.There is a great deal to admire here.
@Anderson- I’ve seen it- not necessarily a film people should see, or one I want to see again