Here are a few more interesting facts about “Home Alone”:
Influence on Other Films:**
– The success of “Home Alone” influenced the creation of other family-friendly films centered around kids taking charge, such as “3 Ninjas” and “Blank Check.”
– The talkboy, a cassette recorder used by Kevin in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” became a popular toy. The version released after the movie was so successful that it led to a real product.
John Hughes’ Connection:**
– “Home Alone” is part of the broader collection of John Hughes’s films that are set in the Chicago area. Hughes often used Chicago as a backdrop for his movies.
Box Office Success:**
– “Home Alone” was the highest-grossing film of 1990 and held the record for the highest-grossing live-action comedy until it was surpassed by “The Hangover Part II” in 2011.
Home Alone House Today:**
– The house used for exterior shots of the McCallister residence is a popular tourist attraction. It has been renovated, but it still resembles the iconic house from the film.
– The picture of “Buzz’s girlfriend” that Kevin finds in “Home Alone” is actually a boy in a wig because the filmmakers thought it would be too cruel to use a photo of a real girl.
– Chris Columbus was chosen as the director for “Home Alone” based on his work on the family film “Adventures in Babysitting.” Columbus later went on to direct other successful films, including the first two “Harry Potter” movies.
Macaulay Culkin’s Siblings:**
– Macaulay Culkin’s younger brother, Kieran Culkin, has a small role in “Home Alone” as Kevin’s bed-wetting cousin, Fuller.
– Beyond its comedy and holiday theme, “Home Alone” has been noted for its underlying message of the importance of family and understanding.
These additional facts offer more insights into the production, impact, and legacy of “Home Alone,” a film that has left an indelible mark on popular culture.