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.”
6. During the night, heavy winds cause a branch to break, taking down a power line with it, cutting power to the house.
8. 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.
10. 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.
12. Kevin actually believes he has magically made his family disappear, so he has no cause to seek help.
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.
20. 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.
24. All of these complications and obstacles then made it possible for Kevin to have a crazy adventure over the course of a couple days.
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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