Home Alone Is Having A Reunion Without Macaulay Culkin?

By Apeksha Bagchi | 20 seconds ago

Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone reunion

The return of the Home Alone franchise isn’t shaping up to be a satisfying experience for its ardent followers. Home Sweet Home Alone hasn’t exactly been the trip down nostalgia lane that fans of the original films were expecting. Apart from its disappointing “customization” of the 1990 film, all it offers to the OG fans is the return of Devin Ratray, who reprised the character of Kevin’s snarky older brother, Buzz McCallister. And though, the cast of the original film are thinking of having a Home Alone reunion of their own, the plans sadly don’t include Macaulay Culkin.

Recently, Devin Ratray sat down for a chat with People and shared that he is still in contact with several of his co-stars from the original film like Jed Cohen (who played Rod McCallister), Diana Rein (Sondra McCallister), Terrie Snell (Aunt Leslie), Angela Goethals (Linnie McCallister, and Hillary Wolf (Megan). He also revealed that they have been planning a mini Home Alone reunion online. Apparently, while the other members of the extended McCallister family have been keeping in touch, Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara, and Kieran Culkin are missing from the reunion plans. “The family is moving on their own accord to get together,” he shared. “So who knows what’s going to happen in the future?”

Would a Home Alone reunion be worth it without the three above-mentioned actors, especially Macaulay Culkin, whose magnificent portrayal of the mischievous, brave, and clever Kevin McCallister made the 1990 film a holiday classic? Not only did Culkin attain celebrity status overnight post the film’s release, Home Alone went on to be a major box office success, earning $476.7 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing comedy-drama until 2011, when The Hangover Part II took over the title.

Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone reunion

The original Home Alone saw Macaulay Culkin play the wayward eight-year-old Kevin McCallister who is accidentally left behind at home while his family leaves for Paris. It isn’t until the family is in the air that they realize Kevin’s absence. At home, Kevin, who believes that he made his family magically disappear, loves his newfound freedom, but eventually, he starts missing everyone. But while Kevin’s mother, Kate (Catherine O’Hara) is desperately trying to return to her son, Kevin is faced with two thieves, who make the McCallister house their target and are determined to steal everything. 

Their biggest blunder? Considering Kevin to be a puny kid and thinking that they will be able to easily outsmart him. While credit for penning the film’s ingenious story goes to John Hughes, it was Macaulay Culkin’s charismatic presence on-screen as the sharp-witted Kevin that stole the show, making the film and the sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, box office hits. Many attempts (the recently released Home Sweet Home Alone being the latest) have been made to repeat the success tasted by the original, but nothing has been able to match their magic. 

While fans of the franchise weren’t exactly happy with Home Sweet Home Alone’s trailer, the reports that Macaulay Culkin would make a comeback for a cameo appearance was enough to pacify them. But before the film’s release on Disney+, the actor posted on Twitter to clarify that he is not a part of the reboot/sequel. Well, while he couldn’t appear in Home Sweet Home Alone, we fervently hope that the American Horror Story actor fulfills the expectations of his fans and agrees to be a part of any future Home Alone reunion.