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Parents' Guide to

Home Alone

By Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Family comedy has slapstick violence and language.

Movie PG 1990 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 72 parent reviews

age 8+

A storyline of abandonment is the scariest thing in it

This movie gave my two six year olds terrible separation anxiety. The rest of the silly violence and bad words aren’t the problem. It’s the concept that an entire family could forget their kids! It freaked my kids out!
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

Ruined by Foul Characters and Language

Almost every character in this movie is a horrible person. The whole family is foul-mouthed, mean, and selfish (and there isn't a mass conversion, either). The sight gags are graphically violent, and one guy gets shot in the face with a gun and has no ill effects. I'd heard about this movie, but the cute parts take up about 2%, the foul language/ mean spirits/ violence take up the rest. Seriously watch a different movie, this is a terrible holiday tradition.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (72 ):
Kids say (263 ):

This is a good-natured, albeit unrealistic, family film that both kids and adults will enjoy if they're OK with the violence, profanity, and disrespectful behavior. Its endearing story and a charming performance by Culkin make Home Alone a standout among the usual holiday movie fare. Without resorting to the all-too-adult double entendres that dominate many family films, this one focuses more on slapstick humor and innocence to convey its story. That said, that very reliance on slapstick does mean it's chock-full of wince-inducing violence. It's not for the weak-stomached and definitely requires some major suspension of disbelief.

Home Alone's runaway success upon release was due largely to its players, most notably Culkin. Previously cast in supporting roles in movies such as Rocket Gibraltar and Uncle Buck, Culkin is Home Alone's main attraction. Appearing in nearly every scene, he maintains a level of consistency that's a testament to both his talent and that of director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Mrs. Doubtfire). Catherine O'Hara (Best in Show, SCTV) does a fine job as Kevin's overwrought, guilt-ridden mom, and Pesci and Stern have great chemistry and handle the physical comedy with aplomb. Another performance of note is John Candy's cameo as Polka Band Shuttle Chief Gus Polanski. Although his role is brief, he nearly steals the show.

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