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A Complete Breakdown Of The Series Of Events That Make "Home Alone" Plausible

Well, kinda. These people are REALLY unlucky.

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Home Alone is one of those movies that presents a conflict that would be so easily resolved in the real world. In the world of Kevin McCallister, however, people don't pick up the phone and the McCallisters apparently have NO ONE who can check on them. Writer John Hughes does a pretty good job, however, of making sure all easy resolutions are ruled out. Here's a breakdown of how Kevin gets stuck "home alone."

The McCallisters are traveling to Paris tomorrow. Kevin's aunt, uncle, and cousin Fuller are joining them, so extra beds are needed. Kevin is asked to sleep with Fuller in the attic.

In the head count, the nosy kid across the street is mistaken for Kevin, so it appears everyone is accounted for.

There is also, presumably, not an extra piece of luggage that might alert the family to Kevin's absence once they're at the airport. Remember, Kevin was having issues with packing the night before.

The McCallisters just make their flight. The gate attendant tells the group to take whatever seats are left in coach.

The attendant would also have the correct number of tickets for the group because Kevin's was thrown out. The "single seats" scenario means that the kids aren't all sitting together, making Kevin's absence even easier to miss.

Kevin actually believes he has magically made his family disappear, so he has no cause to seek help.

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Kevin comes to this conclusion when he sees both family cars still in the driveway. At no time is it mentioned that vans would be taking the group to the airport. All we hear is that they are planning to leave at 8 a.m. Perhaps Kevin assumed they'd be driving their own cars.

In fact...somehow ALL the neighbors have left for the holidays.

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(This moment comes slightly earlier, but offers an explanation as to why a neighbor couldn't help out even if Mrs. McAllister could get one on the phone.)

Failed contact attempt #5: Once in Paris, Kevin's dad makes more calls, and still comes up with nothing.

Further complications come from operators who are speaking in a foreign language. It's unclear who he's talking about — "they're all shopping" — could be co-workers who left work early to do holiday shopping.

All of these complications and obstacles then made it possible for Kevin to have a crazy adventure over the course of a couple days.

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So there you have it. A family of a billion can't make a phone call and Kevin manages to accomplish tons of things. Including putting bad guys and jail and getting groceries. Well done, young man.

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