Plot holes can ruin movies for some people, depending on how pedantic you are, and one from Chris Columbus’ 1990 festive classic ‘Home Alone’ has been troubling fans for years.
However, a smart movie-watcher may have finally solved this movie-breaking plot hole once and for all.
The problem lay with the phone lines at the McCallister home. At the start of the film it’s established that a fallen tree has damaged the house’s phone lines which makes it impossible for the abandoned Kevin - played by Macaulay Culkin - to phone his family in Paris and vice versa.
A little later on though, Kevin picks up the phone to order pizza, setting up the whole “Angels With Dirty Faces” delivery guy sketch. But if the phone lines are down, why didn’t Kevin’s parents just call from Paris to see how he was getting on?
If you think about it too hard, it could ruin the movie for you.
It turns out though, there’s a fairly logical explanation that can explain the whole sorry story.
Movie lover phire took to Reddit to defend the so-called ‘Home Alone’ plot hole to say…
I always assumed the tree actually severed the main trunk line to the whole town, but local calls within the same exchange still worked.— Phire, Reddit<!— LINK ENDS –>
Huffington Post went ahead and actually check the theory with US phone provider AT&T who confirmed it could explain the magic phone lines.
Vice President-Federal Regulatory Hank Hultquist confirmed: “in 1990, that was absolutely a plausible scenario.”
So there you have it, John Hughes’ script wasn’t so dumb after all.
Image credits: 20th Century Fox