'Home Alone' (1990): The Gift of Love
In "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy told us there's no place like home. Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) couldn't agree more.
Kevin, after a particularly trying holiday season with his extended family, makes a wish before going to sleep that his clan would all, simply, disappear. Waking up, he finds they did just that—leaving him king of his own suburban castle. Alas, the wish loses its charm when a pair of bungling burglars enter the story, and Kevin—in the midst of the fight of his life—discovers that he kind of misses his folks. Man, after all, cannot live on Cheez Whiz alone.
For all its slapstick violence, "Home Alone" is, at its core, the story of a mother's love for her little boy, a little boy's courage, and the realization that, while there's no place like home, there's no people like parents.