One of the most beloved and re-watched Christmas movies of the 90s has to be Home Alone. Even three decades later, we are still watching, posting and talking about how great this film is… but have you ever thought about what would happen if Kevin was left home alone now, 30 years on? Well, we have. In fact, we have a whole heap of thoughts on the subject. So, read on and see if you agree.
Please note, we’ve not included Covid-19 restrictions in the piece. This is a bit of fan fiction fun and Covid is far from fun.
Now, pizza may not be as important as leaving a minor on their own over Christmas. But it’s food and food is always important – plus it may even prevent Kevin being left up in the attic alone in the first place! At the beginning of the film, the McCallisters order 10 pizzas for the 4 adults and 11 children. The cost was quite high at $122.50, working out to be around $10 -$12 a pizza. Obviously, with inflation, that cost has gone up but not as much as you’d think: we are now talking about $15-$17 a pizza, so around $159.90 for 10 large pizzas.
It’s no longer 1993, so there are now so many delivery options with services such as Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Which not only do pizza but a whole host of cuisines and fast food chains too. So, I would imagine that not only could we bring that $159.90 figure down a bit, we could also give the family a bit of variety. For example, if they had ordered something like a McDonald’s or KFC, they could have their own meals.
Buzz wouldn’t have eaten Kevin’s and, in turn, he wouldn’t have pushed Buzz into the milk. This caused the disruption that meant Kevin had to sleep in the attic on his own, which made him so easy to miss in the morning leaving him home alone.
Also, the McCallisters would have already pre-paid for the food, so there would be no need for the delivery person to hang around in the hall. And, in that case, they probably would have been more concerned that there was also a policeman there.
I’d like to think that even in the early 90s the sight of a policeman, or someone posing as a policeman, would make anyone suspicious or take notice a little more. But obviously not in the McCallister’s house. Most people in the family just walked straight past him and didn’t immediately tell Peter or Kate.
But even when both the owners of the house saw him, they openly told him about their business without asking him more questions.
These days, we are a lot more aware of fraudsters and strangers in general, even if they are wearing a police uniform. 2020 Peter and Kate definitely won’t disclose their holiday plans without checking ID, and probably would have rung the police to check his authenticity. But, after you’d reported this strange behaviour, would it stop them going on holiday? Maybe not. After all, they’d probably have a Ring doorbell linked up to their phone anyway.
Before we get into the security apps that we have at our fingertips now. Which might prevent Harry and Marv from targeting the McCallister’s abode in the first place. There’s a small matter of the missed alarm due to the power shortage. The cause of the family getting frazzled, rushing, and ultimately leaving Kevin behind.
Now, we live in a world where most people over the age of 12 have their own mobile phones. Which in turn, means that over half of the people sleeping in the house that night would have a phone with their individual alarm set.
While the power cut could still have caused a problem if they were all on-charge with low battery. It is unlikely to have been the case for all the family phones. There still could have been some commotion as they search for power packs though, so maybe they could have still let Kevin behind home alone.
So, maybe they did still leave him and, true to the film, Kate only realised on the flight. Once they landed, they would have found somewhere to fully charge the phones and log into their Ring doorbell app to contact Kevin that way.
Also, with a house that size, you would like to think that, in 2020, they would have had security cameras connected to their phones. But, like in the film when the policeman went round to check in, maybe a home alone Kevin got scared by the Ring doorbell too. In that case, at least his parents would be able to see that he was alive and keep an eye on him while they call the police to send someone around.
They could even tell them what room he was in as he hides.
Police and social services
So, let’s be honest with each other here, the police department in Home Alone was shocking!
We all get that it’s Christmas and a busy period, but the way Kate was treated on the phone was not great at all!
Firstly, could you imagine the backlash the police and social services would have had from this? Also, you know for a fact that this is a social media story waiting to happen as Kate was telling everyone about her son while she was trying to get a plane back.
All it would take is one person to listen in on the story, and it would have been posted on Facebook in a hot minute and viral within hours. Maybe social media could have helped and got some extended family over to Kevin too. Granted the McCallister’s would get some social backlash for leaving their son, but at least they would get someone closer to get him.
I think if this were to happen now, the police would take this more seriously. Especially if they could get a link to the security cameras and see Kevin running about. Social services would have been on the case straight away to get a family member with him or to take Kevin to stay with someone else until his family returns.
To be fair, I would imagine the McCallister’s would probably get a tongue lashing from them too. But as the place would be empty would the Wet Bandits still have time to try and rob the house?
If Harry and Marv weren’t deterred by the amount of security cameras, or those Ring doorbells we’ve mentioned. If the police hadn’t started looking out for them after Kate’s call, when Harry was impersonating a police officer. And if Kevin did get taken away by another family member or social services, would they even have time to try and break in anymore? We think not.
There are almost double the number of flights in the 21st century. With so many small airline companies, so there would probably be more of a chance for the family, or at least Kate, to get a flight back earlier. Thus eradicating the need for John Candy’s much-loved cameo as Gus Polinski along with the Polka Kings of the Midwest – Sad face.
Basically, it looks likely that the whole storyline would be stopped in its tracks. Kevin would probably spend less than a day alone, and the bad guys plans would have been stopped or prevented quite early on.
But, as Kevin would be on his own for quite a few hours, he could still have time to watch a film, that he shouldn’t be watching, like ‘Angels with Filthy Souls,’. This film clip was inspired by the 1938 film ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’. But what would be a film he would go to now?
Peter and Kate would have either Netflix, Amazon Prime or both, and we think we have the perfect film for Kevin to watch. And, if he needed to use it, to trick a delivery person or in the case, the Wet Bandit’s did still try the break-in…Die Hard!
As Kevin thinks he has made his family disappear, why wouldn’t he spend $4 renting this classic film off of his mum and dad’s Prime account?
It has some great lines in it and Hans Gruber has the most menacing voice; it would fit the bill perfectly. Plus Die Hard also has several sequels, you know… just in case Kevin is left alone again… maybe in New York?
Even in 1993, if we really dissected it, the story was a little farfetched. If it was set in 2020, it is even more so, meaning it would be difficult for a company to do a remake of the film. Which is great news as it can stay perfectly preserved as a Christmas Classic without much fear of a remake.
I hope you enjoyed having a look at what could happen if Kevin was left Home Alone now. How did we do? If you have any other discussion points or points to make on this leave a comment below.
Which Home Alone traps would have killed Harry and Marv? Find out HERE.
Read IMDB information about Home Alone HERE.
Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Read our Loki episode five review HERE.
Read IMDB information about Loki HERE.
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