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Home Alone

Dir. Chris Columbus USA 103 min PG


For a special holiday edition of Science on Screen, Film Streams will team with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to raise a provocative question about the classic holiday film Home Alone.

Is Kevin McCallister a psychopath?

Upon its release in 1990, the John Hughes-penned blockbuster was anointed into the canon of Christmas films. But with the distance of a few decades, Home Alone seems like a somewhat unlikely film to gather the family ‘round. When his neglectful family leaves him behind for Christmas vacation, the film’s hero, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister, experiences elation and discovers the solitude for which he’s always yearned. And when a duo of home invaders threaten his newly liberated living situation, Kevin methodically and creatively takes them out over a long, gruesome Christmas Eve. 

Special Intro

Kevin McCallister's yuletide antics will be examined in a pre-show talk by:

  • Jonathon Sikorski, PhD, Director of Wellness Education & Assistant Professor, UNMC Department of Psychiatry
  • Kacie Baum, UNMC Events and Science Outreach Coordinator

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