When I was four years old, my family and I sat down and watched Home Alone together. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, was left home alone after a series of unfortunate events led to his parents leaving on a trip for France without him. Kevin was forced to fend for himself using guile and cunning to outwit Harry and Marv, a pair of thieves known as the "Wet Bandits", played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. My family and I laughed when Marv was hit in the face with an iron. When Harry caught Kevin and lifted him up, I remember the very real feeling of being scared. And at the end of the movie, when the police finally caught the bad guys and the McCallister family was reunited, it felt good. It felt like the good guys won.
My family wasn't big into the idea of Christmas, and sitting down to watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2 each year was the closest we got to a "holiday tradition". It may not sound like much, but it meant a lot to me. We grew older, I moved out, and life just kind of continued.
Recently, I've discovered that Home Alone 5 was released in 2012, as a made for TV movie. This raised many questions for me, such as, "Was there a Home Alone 3 and Home Alone 4?" and "Why does God hate us?"
These answers would come soon enough, as the DVD was less than $10 on Amazon, and I have no real impulse control.