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Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

TEN, Tues­day, 7.30pm, PG ( 1990)

Feel- good di­rec­tor Chris Colum­bus set one of the most suc­cess­ful kids film fran­chises in mo­tion with this amus­ing vari­a­tion on a wish ful­fil­ment theme. When a young boy – the gen­uinely ap­peal­ing Macau­lay Culkin ( above) – wishes his fam­ily would go away he finds him­self left at home by mis­take when the folks leave for a hol­i­day. Cue the bad guys in full pantomime style, with Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern in­com­pe­tently evil as two crooks plan­ning to break into the ( ap­par­ently) empty house. The an­tics of Culkin in de­fend­ing his ter­ri­tory have lost none of their charm, spawn­ing two more than ad­e­quate se­quels.

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