How many times have you seen the eight-year-old troublemaker from the movie Home Alone protecting his house from a pair of burglars? Probably at least a few times, since it’s one of the all-time cinematic Christmas favorites. The movie was released in 1990 and fans around the world have had alternative theories about how Kevin got left behind when his family went for a vacation in Paris ever since.
And a Reddit user by the name bobcobble is putting an end to this dilemma. He posted a gif that shows Kevin’s dad, Peter, throwing his son’s plane ticket to Paris in the trash while cleaning in the kitchen. Although the footage was featured in the original movie, it happened really fast and it’s really hard to notice. So, a lot of people just assumed Kevin was left behind by an accident. At the beginning of the movie, we saw the family forgetting Kevin at home as they rushed to the airport to make their flight.
Reddit user bobcobble posted a clip from the movie on the Movie Details subreddit thread, zooming in on a key piece of evidence
Oh, so that’s what happened…
In the movie, the 8-year-old boy’s plane ticket got mixed up with some napkins as his dad Peter McAllister cleans up a mess Kevin has made
Remember when Kevin’s father was cleaning up the mess his son did when he spilled some milk? So, when the red napkins are thrown in the trash, an American Airlines plane ticket with Kevin’s name on it also ends up in the bin. At first glance, nobody would realize that this is what led to Kevin staying home alone, but one user with attention to details zoomed in on the footage. Then, the youngest McCallister’s ticket is visible mixed with the rest of the garbage.
And fans of the movie have been responding to this new revelation, suggesting new theories that Kevin’s dad did this on purpose!
User boodleoodle wrote that perhaps Kevin’s dad had plotted to leave him behind all along: “What if Peter hated Kevin just as much as Frank did, only he was better at hiding it?” with user moak0 agreeing: “Let’s dispel with this fiction that Mr. McCallister doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”
The now 37-year-old actor Macaulay Culkin played the famous boy who got left behind when his family jetted off to Paris
Some fans believe that a neighbor was the real reason Kevin missed the flight
While other Reddit users have a theory that Kevin’s dad had a more sinister plan in mind
Many agreed that Kevin’s father knew exactly what he was doing
User AleAssociate typed: “The whole trip was cover for Peter’s plan to throw Frank off the Eiffel Tower and make it look like an accident.”
And another suggested: “You’d think a guy who can afford to fly out his entire extended family to Paris on Christmas would be a little more organized with the ticket situation.”
There are also people who believe the movie would not be possible today, purely because of how flying internationally has changed: “Home Alone is one of those movies that would never happen today.”
“You would have a good 30 mins in the security line and another hour or so at the gate to figure it out, not to mention everyone has cell phones so figuring out where everyone went would be easy to figure out,” wrote Kalkaline.
User waffleboardedburrito added: “Even just the check in. You’d do it online (if not also on mobile), so there’d be no paper tickets (not in advance anyway), and if they weren’t checked in at least an hour ahead of the flight they’d be denied boarding.”
“The movie also doesn’t seem to address checked baggage. When they’re running through the airport, and at the gate, they have no baggage (beyond purses or a backpack or two),” one user, bewildered by the incompatibility of cinema with real life, wrote.
“At this time, there was no advance check in, and they definitely had to check baggage unless 8-12 people were taking no luggage on a trip to Paris,” they added.