Home Alone hit theaters 25 years ago, which makes it Officially Old. Don’t believe me? Consider this fact: Milli Vanilli’s lip-syncing scandal was a hot topic right around the movie’s release on November 16, 1990. Milli Vanilli!
A lot has changed in the last quarter of a century. We’ve seen the coming-of-age of the internet and smartphones, and our TV’s are notably flatter (if we even use them at all thanks to Netflix). There’s Google, and Postmates, and apps that allow you to track where your kid is at all times. Also, better airport security, but we’ll get there.
With all those changes in mind, I wondered, “Would Home Alone even be possible in 2015?” The short answer is “no” — but I wanted to dig deeper. Also, I wanted to watch Home Alone (which is streaming on HBO Now) again. Afterwards, it was clear just how much different our modern world is.
Starting right from the opening sequence…