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.
Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review
Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!
Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.
This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.
Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.
Shades of grey
This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.
With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.
This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.
Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.
Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Check out our Hawkeye episode one and two review HERE.
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