One the best things about the holiday season are the Christmas movies and one of my favorite Christmas movies is Home Alone. I’ve seen the movie so many times that I can recite more than half of the movie from memory. I’m sure you can too.
2. 'Keep The Change...'
“Keep the change you filthy animal."
“You're what the French call 'les incompetents.'"
“Look what you did, you little jerk."
“I wouldn’t let you sleep in my room if you were growing on my ass.”
Two burglars, Marv and Harry, have already scoped out the house before the family left. When they come to break in, assuming the family has already left for Paris, they don’t expect is to find someone still inside.
Kevin rigs the house with booby traps and starts a war with the Wet Bandits. Despite his age and size, Kevin conquers the Wet Bandits with the help of his creepy, weird-but-actually-normal-and-just-misunderstood neighbor. The family comes back for Kevin and they all live happily ever after.
But how did they forget Kevin? They did a head count when they first leave the house and the neighbor jumps in line so they count the correct amount of family members before they head out. Sure, that makes sense.
The movie was released 26 years ago, and I am not sure that this question has ever been answered for me. Well, the movie’s IMDB page has the answer and it’s been right under our noses this whole time. How could we have missed this?!
Think all the way back to the beginning of the movie. The family is frantically running around packing for their trip, cleaning the house and they order a pizza for dinner. The delivery boy comes in, we see Marv dressed as a cop and there is a whole lot of commotion.
11. Spilt Milk
Kevin spills milk all over the table when he lunges for Buzz who ate all his plain cheese pizza. Dammit, Buzz!! His dad spills Pepsi all over the table, and he quickly picks up some wet napkins from the table and throws them in the trash. And there’s that famous line, “Look what you did, you little jerk."
But go back and look in the trash when Mr. McCallister throws the wet napkins away. In the garbage is … Kevin’s boarding pass. That’s it! So, this is why they never noticed that he was missing at the gate. They didn’t have his boarding pass.
According to Home Alone’s IMDB page, “Kevin's ticket was tossed in the trash when his father wiped up after Kevin spilled milk all over the passports and tickets. While getting into the car to go to the airport, Heather miscounted because the neighbor kid was in line with the rest of the family. Finally, the gate agent appears to be simply counting the McCallisters' tickets instead of matching names with people. Without a ticket for Kevin, no one apparently noticed that he was not in the group.”
I guess that we will just have to watch the movie again so we can see how it all plays out now that we know that his boarding pass was thrown away. You’re welcome and happy holidays, you filthy animals.