Monday, December 20, 2010

We'll pass on Home Alone 2

Several weeks ago at our church’s small group Christmas party, a lively discussion broke out about Christmas movies.  I said my favorite was, Elf because it is the funniest Christmas movie ever.  It’s also one of the only Christmas movies I’ve seen (the other: It’s a Wonderful Life).

My friends couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen other Christmas movies.  The barrage of movie names began: What about A Christmas Story?  What about Home Alone?  What about Miracle on 34th Street?  What about Christmas Vacation?  No, no, no and no. The basic question was, “How in the world have you not seen these movies?”

Well, we didn’t watch a lot of television growing up.  The only Christmas movie I remember my parents talking about is It’s a Wonderful Life.  My Dad loves Jimmy Stewart, so we did see that one.  But as for all the other movies my friends mentioned I just hadn’t seen them.

After recounting this on my blog I was again reminded by my dear commenters that there are dozens of Christmas movies I need to watch.  One friend, Terri, gave me an extensive list of Christmas movies that I should see; I was pleased to note that of her list of 15 I’d seen three: ElfRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and It’s a Wonderful Life.  I can now say I’ve seen four of the movies because last weekend Sean, the kids and I watched Home Alone.  And, as Terri requested, I’m here to report back.

I realize this will go against seemingly everyone’s opinion, but I don’t get why it’s such a treasured holiday classic.  Yes, Macaulay Culkin is a talented child actor.  The iconic scene where he slaps aftershave on his cheeks and gives his classic scream was one of my favorite parts of the movie.  The other part I couldn’t help but laugh at was when the spider gets dropped on Daniel Stern’s face and he screams like a little girl: 


But other than that, I just didn’t get it.

The McCallister family is awful! The opening scene where the family is gathering to eat pizza made me so nervous I could barely finish watching. Y’all, I know this is a movie, and without conflict we wouldn’t have much of a story, but did they have to be so nasty?  Sean enjoyed the side-story of the neighbor man who reunites with his son and family, but by the time that finally happened I was so sick of the movie I didn’t even care.  Remarkably, I was able to overlook Pepsi's sponsorship of the film, but the way the family treated each other was just too much for me.

Besides Daniel Stern's scream, my favorite parts were any scenes featuring John Candy. Love him.

All that to say I am thrilled the movie has brought such joy to so many of my friends.  I wish I could join your ranks and say I loved it, too, but I just can't. I am prepared for the comments telling me I'm crazy - maybe you can explain what I'm missing! 

So, one down, several more to go.  Up next: A Christmas Story.  Report forthcoming!