In the 1990 movie Home Alone, where are the McAllisters going when they accidentally leave Kevin behind?
And the answer: Paris.
Starring Macauley Culkin, Home Alone tells the story of 8-year-old Kevin, whose family accidentally leaves him behind as they catch a flight to Paris for a winter vacation. Before his parents realize their mistake and return home, Kevin humorously defends his home against two burglars.
For nearly 30 years following the release of Home Alone, the film boasted the highest single-territory total for a live-action comedy, clocking in at $285.7 million. Today, it remains the highest grossing domestic comedy of all time. While impressive, these stats are reflective of the film's legacy. For generations of movie-goers, the holiday season wouldn't be complete without 8-year-old Macaulay Culkin putting his hands to his cheeks and screaming at the top of his lungs.
Did you know?
The iconic scene mentioned above was actually a moment of quick improvisation! According to a recent Insider interview, director Chris Columbus advised young Culkin to pat his face as if it burned from the aftershave before pulling his hands away. Instead, Culkin held his hands there in the first take, creating the most iconic moment of the film out of a simple accident!
Director Chris Columbus is well-attuned to the unexpected success of this holiday classic. In Insider's interview, Columbus comments on the matter:
I feel [Home Alone continues to be a classic] because it has an emotional connection with people. Sure, people love to laugh and it's fun, but it's centered on a specific time of the year when people are hopeful and happy. I think it's the perfect movie for people to sit around the living room with your entire family and watch it.
This holiday season, enjoy Home Alone's warm-hearted slapstick comedy with your family or loved ones. For now, watch the iconic shaving cream scene below.