'Home Alone' house
Aug. 26 was Macaulay Culkin's 30th birthday, but many people still think of him as the pint-sized protagonist of 'Home Alone,' released just before Thanksgiving in 1990. The "family comedy without the family" (its tagline) proved hugely popular, monopolizing the No. 1 position at the box office for 12 weeks and at one point becoming the highest grossing comedy of all time. Written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, the movie would spawn three sequels, the last a 2002 TV movie.

In the original film, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Culkin) is accidentally left behind by the rest of his family when they leave their home in suburban Chicago for a Christmas vacation in Paris. In their absence, he relishes his freedom before discovering that his neighborhood is being targeted by idiotic burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Kevin defends his house by laying various booby-traps -- resulting in the movie's funniest (and most violent!) scenes -- and ultimately helps bring the criminals to justice. Meanwhile, his mom (Catherine O'Hara) eventually makes it back to Chicago with the help of a polka band leader (John Candy).
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