Macaulay Culkin remains ‘Home Alone’ for the holidays



Freeform gives seasonal comedy classic many showings

Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone”

No one should be home alone at the holidays … unless you’re young Kevin McAllister, and even then, it’s only for entertainment purposes. Macaulay Culkin became a major star thanks to his antics in one of the most enduring of all family-oriented comedies, “Home Alone,” and Freeform offers plenty of chances to watch the 1990 movie in coming days: Sunday, Dec. 5; Monday, Dec. 6; Tuesday, Dec. 7; Thursday, Dec. 9; and Friday, Dec. 10.

In the tale written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, Kevin accidentally is left behind when the rest of his family heads for Paris to celebrate Christmas. By the time they realize what’s happened, Kevin is defending his Chicago house against a couple of thieves (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who come to realize just how much they’ve bungled into as they run into traps the clever hero has set for them.


Other Retro Rewinds:

“George Lopez” (TBS, Monday, Dec. 6): This sitcom got boosts from guest appearances by one of the top names in movies at the time, Sandra Bullock … which might have seemed unusual if you didn’t know she was an executive producer of the show. She made the first of those guest shots in “Happy Birthdays,” about the impact that George (Lopez) not wanting birthday parties for himself evidently has on son Max (Luis Armand Garcia).

“Some Kind of Wonderful” (EPIX, Monday, Dec. 6): Speaking of John Hughes, though the late filmmaker generated a number of youth-oriented classics, this 1987 comedy-drama often isn’t one of the first mentioned. Still, it’s a completely engaging tale of an earnest young man (Eric Stoltz) out to capture the heart of the most popular girl in his class (Lea Thompson), with coaching from a longtime friend (Mary Stuart Masterson) who secretly loves him.

“The Bells of St. Mary’s” (Turner Classic Movies, Wednesday, Dec. 8): It’s a happy coincidence that Ingrid Bergman is TCM’s Star of the Month, but even if she wasn’t, the channel likely would find holiday-season room for director Leo McCarey’s marvelous 1945 sequel to “Going My Way.” Bing Crosby reprises his Oscar-winning role as Father Chuck O’Malley, who collides but ultimately teams with a nun (Bergman) to save an inner-city school.

“Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot” (Streaming on Tubi): The “mom” in director Roger Spottiswoode’s 1992 buddy comedy is Getty, who plays a seemingly frail but overbearing woman who comes to visit her cop son (Sylvester Stallone) and slowly begins to meddle in his life — and job.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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