2.5. Maybe 20 years ago = 5 stars; but even now it wasn't all that bad to watch. One of my favourite kids films and nice to revisit a work which brought you so much fun and happiness as a child, and nostalgic memories. Reliving those memories may not be a good thing, and makes me think fuck adulthood even more :D
As a kid, I loved the fantasy this film presents of being an autonomous child: unsupervised by adults and free to assume the role of man of the house. Now that I'm older, I'm struck by the sheer loneliness and vulnerability of Kevin's situation - John Hughes' screenplay and John Williams' iconic music wisely choosing to underscore the inherent sadness of being left behind by your family during the holidays.
4 - It's pretty light and harmless, but I don't think I laughed more than twice at this. It's not that there's much wrong with it per se, it's just that there isn't much right with it, either. Not an unpleasant sit by any stretch of the imagination.
Seeing humans get hit by heavy metal objects makes me wince a bit more than a Looney Tunes cartoon would, but Home Alone gets the job done with some iconic lines and funny performances out of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the baddies.