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Home Alone is many people’s go-to holiday film that never fails to get them in the Christmas spirit. While the movie is a near-perfect film in our eyes, actor Macaulay Culkin believes it isn’t free of its flaws.

While appearing on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2018, the actor revealed a major plot hole that went over many of our heads during the million and one times we’ve seen the movie. Now, we can never look at the film the same.

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According to Macaulay Culkin, ‘Home Alone’ has an ‘enormous plot hole’

In case you’ve never seen the fan-favorite holiday classic Home Alone, allow us to fill you in on the plot.

The film is centered around 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, who protects his family’s home against a pair of inept thieves after he’s accidentally left behind when his parents and siblings head to France for the holidays.

Though it’s a pretty straightforward plot, there’s one thing about the film that needs a little bit of explaining, and it’s something we didn’t even realize until it was brought up.

During a March 2018 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the film’s star Macaulay Culkin discussed a discrepancy in the film that made him famous all those years ago.

“This kid’s a really clever kid, right?” Culkin said. “Like, these guys are about to break in, why doesn’t he just call the cops?”

“He makes a master plan, he uses Micro Machines but for real, there’s landlines – there are no cellphones but still. I think that’s the only thing and I think that’s an enormous plot hole,” he added before noting, “I don’t actually spend my days thinking about it, that was just the only one I can think of right now!”

Now that we think about it, Kevin could have saved himself a ton of time and effort making those well-thought-out traps had he just called the police when he learned of Harry and Marv’s plan to break-in.

And it’s not like he didn’t have a phone at his disposal, especially since he most likely used one to call in a pizza order after realizing his family left him alone.

Macauley Culkin isn’t the only one who’s pointed a major plot hole in the film

While Culkin’s assessment makes a ton of sense, it turns out that that’s not the only plot hole people have questioned throughout the film’s 30-year history.

Another major plot hole occurs near the end of the film when Kevin prepares a macaroni and cheese dinner before Marv and Harry come to rob the McCallister home. However, he never eats it, which bugs some people to no end.


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During a recent interview with Insider, the movie’s director Chris Columbus opened up about that plot hole, sharing that it’s one even he can’t explain.

“I have never talked about this. [Pauses.] Interesting. I have no idea. And if memory serves me, he set up this dinner and the guys show up? That is a mystery to me. Maybe something was cut, but that footage is long gone. I have no idea why that happened, but all this is going to make me go and rewatch it later today.”

Hopefully, someone will one day explain this plot hole to us so the world can finally make sense again.