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One Scene In 'Home Alone' You've Probably Never Noticed That Explains The Entire Movie

Published 1:13 pm, Monday, December 23, 2013
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Since it's Christmastime, airings of "Home Alone" are in abundance on TV right now. In between watching childhood star Macaulay Caulkin destroy burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, there's probably one huge thing you've been missing every time you watch.  

Reddit user matt01ss discovered a small scene that answers a question you may ask yourself every time you watch: 

How could Kevin's (Culkin) parents forget to bring their child on vacation (other than the fact that they had too many kids on hand)?

Think back to the part in the beginning of the film where Kevin and Buzz accidentally spill milk over everyone's plane tickets and passports.

His dad quickly cleans up, tossing the napkins in the trash. 

The camera lingers over the garbage can for an extra second. You probably don't think anything of it. Upon closer inspection, you'll see Kevin's plane ticket was carelessly tossed away. 

Here's the scene below via Reddit:

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We checked out the film to make sure this is there and not some clever photoshop. (If you're curious, the scene in question takes place around the nine-minute mark.)

Now, fans may be thinking, how is that possible? Doesn't Kevin's mom count all of the tickets at another point? 

Precisely. A subtle move showing that his mom messed up counting the number of tickets in her hand.

So even if Kevin woke up on time and headed to the airport, he still wouldn't have had his plane ticket. 

Yikes.

A reader pointed out to us that one of the girls counting heads before leaving for the airport counts herself twice. Very subtle. The moment starts at the 1:40 clip below.

Happy holidays.

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