Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, and Catherine O'Hara. The film follows Kevin (Culkin), an eight-year-old boy, who must defend his home from two burglars, Harry and Marv (Pesci and Stern), after his family accidentally leaves him behind on their Christmas vacation. It was filmed between February and May 1990 in a variety of locations throughout Illinois. The film was originally meant to be distributed by Warner Bros., but was transferred to 20th Century Fox when Hughes exceeded the $10 million limit that had been imposed on the film's budget by Warner.


The McCallister family is preparing to spend Christmas in Paris, France, gathering at Peter and Kate's home in a Chicago suburb on the night before their departure. Peter and Kate's youngest son, Kevin, is the subject of ridicule by his older siblings, Buzz, Jeff, Megan and Linnie. Later, Kevin accidentally ruins the family dinner and their flight tickets to Paris after a scuffle with Buzz, resulting in him getting sent to the attic of the house as a punishment, where he berates Kate and wishes that his family would disappear. During the night, heavy wind damage the power lines, which causes a power outage and resets the alarm clocks, causing the family to oversleep. In the confusion and rush to get to the airport, Kevin is accidentally left behind.