‘Home Alone’ Fan Theory: Did Kevin’s Dad Ditch Him on Purpose?
When the weather is as bad as it is right now, it’s difficult thinking about Christmas movies, but bear with me while I make this worthwhile. We all know that Internet fan theories are a constant supply of sheer gold, and this one is a doozy.
Home Alone is no new to fan theories – that Kevin is Saw’s killer, that Old Man Marley is Kevin in the future, that Gus Polinski is Satan – but this one could be the best of them all. Kevin’s father, Peter McAllister, is a criminal. The notion is the brainchild of Redditor Cubanesis, who writes, “First, the very first moment we see Peter is when Harry is dressed as a cop scoping the location out.”
“In this interaction, Peter is VERY defensive. All Harry asks is if he is the owner of the house, and Peter immediately asks, ‘Am I in any kind of problem officer?’ His face is tense the entire time he’s talking to Harry.” Second, we never learn what he does. They don’t say anything about where he works, his background, or anything else.
“Now, in the book version of the film, they mention him being in ‘business.’ That’s a little hazy. But Peter makes enough money to support a nonworking wife and five children. He also owns a mansion valued around 1.5 million dollars.” That’s a good point, and it’s a problem that has kept people guessing for years. What exactly does Peter do for a living?
Cubanesis, on the other hand, is far from over. “This leads me to my next point,” they say. “ Harry refers to the McCallister home as ‘The Silver Tuna,’ the big score, and so on. They [bungling burglars Harry and Marv] have chosen this neighborhood expressly for the McCallister residence. When we glance about the house, we see nothing particularly valuable.”
“We never see them mention diamonds, or a safe, or anything like that, but this house, which Harry has only seen the front door to, is THE HOUSE TO ROB.” “This could be a relic of the previous story line in which Uncle Frank hired Harry and Marv to rob the place, but without that abandoned story line, why are they especially targeting that house?”
Finally, Cubanesis brings up a very important topic by referring to the second Home Alone film. “Do you remember how much money was in his suitcase that Kevin ended up with?” they inquire. “He was carrying thousands of dollars in cash. Travelers’ checks were popular in the early 1990s, and they weren’t leaving the nation, so there wasn’t much reason to bring that much cash, unless you’re a criminal who deals in cash.”
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