Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1990. Hughes Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by John Hughes. Cinematography by Julio Macat. Produced by John Hughes. Music by John Williams. Production Design by John Muto. Costume Design by Jay Hurley. Film Editing by Raja Gosnell.
The blockbuster that kept whole families in movie theatres for an entire holiday season. Macaulay Culkin became one of the biggest child stars in history when this film took the box office by storm, playing a young member of a large New England family who are all planning on spending their Christmas holidays in Paris. When a mix-up has Culkin get left behind alone in their large suburban house after the family leaves, he finds himself free to enjoy the pleasures of independent living. Unfortunately, there’s trouble in store when two thieves (Daniel Stern, Joe Pesci) show up to rob the place thinking the house is empty. Catherine O’Hara is a delight as Culkin’s mother in this totally enjoyable comedy that will entertain all ages.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Score; Best Original Song (“Somewhere In My Memory”)
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor (Macaulay Culkin)