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at_IN
first_OD
glance_NN
,_,
it_PP
appears_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
home_NN
alone_RB
movies_NNS
are_BER
brainless_NN
slapstick_NP
intended_VBD
for_IN
those_DT
with_IN
minds_NNS
of_IN
8-year_JJ
olds_NNS
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
true_JJ
of_IN
home_NN
alone_RB
3_CD
and_CC
i'd_???
bet_NN
money_NN
that_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
true_JJ
of_IN
home_NN
alone_RB
3_CD
(_(
opening_NN
soon_RB
)_)
._.
but_CC
home_RB
alone_RB
actually_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
lot_NN
going_VBG
for_IN
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
cartoon_NN
slapstick_NN
doesn't_DOZ
get_VB
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
._.
the_DT
mcalisters_NNS
,_,
all_PDT
15_CD
of_IN
them_PP
,_,
are_BER
going_VBG
to_TO
france_NP
for_CS
the_DT
holidays_NNS
._.
four_CD
adults_NNS
and_CC
eleven_CD
kids_NNS
are_BER
spending_VBG
the_DT
night_NN
together_RB
before_IN
heading_NN
to_IN
the_DT
airport_NN
en_FW
masse_FW
._.
the_DT
littlest_NN
kid_NN
,_,
kevin_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
victim_NN
of_IN
the_DT
older_JJR
kids_NNS
'_"
cruelty_NN
._.
kevin_NP
's_POS
patience_NN
runs_VBZ
out_RP
when_CS
he_PP
learns_VBZ
that_CS
his_PP$
plain-cheese_JJ
pizza_NN
has_HVZ
already_RB
been_BEN
eaten_VBN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
going_VBG
to_TO
have_HV
to_TO
starve_VB
._.
he_PP
attacks_NNS
his_PP$
big_JJ
bully_NN
brother_NN
buzz_NN
,_,
who_WP
had_HVD
been_BEN
teasing_JJ
him_PP
._.
the_DT
fight_NN
disrupts_NNS
the_DT
already-chaotic_JJ
dinner_NN
,_,
spilling_VBG
milk_NN
and_CC
soft_JJ
drinks_NNS
all_PDT
over_IN
the_DT
table_NN
,_,
a_DT
few_DT
cousins_NNS
,_,
and_CC
an_DT
uncle_NN
._.
the_DT
knee-jerk_NP
reaction_NN
is_BEZ
for_IN
everyone_PN
to_IN
blame_NN
kevin_NP
._.
nobody_PN
came_VBD
to_IN
his_PP$
rescue_NN
when_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
being_BEG
teased_VBD
,_,
but_CC
they_PP
all_PDT
point_NN
their_PP$
fingers_NNS
when_CS
he_PP
fights_VBZ
back_RP
._.
the_DT
ultimate_JJ
punishment_NN
comes_VBZ
from_IN
mom_???
(_)
catherine_NN
o'hara_NP
)_)
who_WP
sends_VBZ
him_PP
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
spare_JJ
bedroom_NN
in_IN
the_DT
attic_NN
for_IN
the_DT
night_NN
._.
on_IN
his_PP$
way_NN
up_RP
the_DT
stairs_NNS
,_,
he_PP
tells_VBZ
her_PP$
that_DT
"_"
families_NNS
suck_VB
"_"
and_CC
that_CS
he_PP
hopes_VBZ
never_RB
to_IN
see_NN
any_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
again_RB
._.
that_CS
night_NN
the_DT
power_NN
goes_VBZ
out_RP
,_,
knocking_VBG
out_RP
the_DT
alarm_NN
clocks_NNS
,_,
so_RB
the_DT
mcalisters_NNS
wake_VB
up_RP
in_IN
a_DT
big_JJ
hurry_NN
to_IN
get_VB
to_IN
the_DT
airport_NN
._.
in_IN
a_DT
surprisingly_RB
plausible_JJ
setup_???
,_,
kevin_NP
is_BEZ
mistakenly_RB
accounted_VBN
for_IN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
family_NN
heads_NNS
off_IN
without_IN
him_PP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
interesting_JJ
that_CS
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
subtle_JJ
way_NN
,_,
his_PP$
parents_NNS
never_RB
noticed_VBN
him_PP
missing_VBG
because_CS
of_IN
their_PP$
deliberate_JJ
desire_NN
to_IN
separate_JJ
themselves_PPX
from_IN
their_PP$
children_NNS
._.
first_OD
they_PP
delegate_VB
the_DT
headcount_NN
to_IN
an_DT
older_JJR
sibling_NN
,_,
and_CC
second_NN
,_,
they_PP
put_VB
all_PDT
the_DT
kids_NNS
in_IN
coach_NN
while_CS
they_PP
fly_VB
first_OD
class_NN
._.
they're_???
two-thirds_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
way_NN
across_IN
the_DT
atlantic_NP
before_IN
they_PP
realize_VB
they_PP
are_BER
missing_VBG
a_DT
child_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
kevin_NP
believes_VBZ
that_CS
somehow_RB
his_PP$
wish_NN
has_HVZ
come_VBN
true_JJ
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
finally_RB
rid_VBN
of_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
!_!
life_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
dream_NN
come_VB
true_JJ
._.
he_PP
can_MD
jump_VB
on_IN
the_DT
beds_NNS
,_,
watch_VB
r-rated_VBN
movies_NNS
,_,
eat_VB
gobs_???
of_IN
ice_NN
cream_NN
and_CC
potato_NN
chips_NNS
,_,
and_CC
dig_VB
through_IN
his_PP$
big_JJ
brother_NN
's_POS
secret_JJ
box_NN
._.
slowly_RB
,_,
the_DT
novelty_NN
wears_VBZ
off_IN
and_CC
he_PP
settles_VBZ
into_IN
the_DT
mundane_JJ
._.
he_PP
grooms_NNS
himself_NN
,_,
he_PP
does_DOZ
the_DT
laundry_NN
,_,
he_PP
goes_VBZ
shopping_NN
(_(
"_"
i_PP
bought_VBD
some_DT
milk_NN
,_,
eggs_NNS
,_,
and_CC
fabric_NN
softener_NN
"_"
)_)
._.
he_PP
also_RB
starts_VBZ
to_IN
miss_NN
his_PP$
family_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
just_RB
for_IN
their_PP$
company_NN
,_,
but_CC
for_IN
the_DT
security_NN
they_PP
bring_VB
._.
the_DT
furnace_NP
in_IN
the_DT
basement_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
scary_JJ
monster_NN
,_,
the_DT
old_JJ
man_NN
next_OD
door_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
snow-shovel_NN
murderer_NN
,_,
and_CC
two_CD
crooks_NNS
are_BER
trying_VBG
to_TO
break_VB
into_IN
his_PP$
house_NN
._.
macaulay_NN
culkin_NP
is_BEZ
cute_JJ
but_CC
he_PP
isn't_BEZ
much_DT
of_IN
an_DT
actor_NN
._.
still_RB
,_,
we_PP
can_MD
see_VB
that_DT
kevin_NP
's_POS
character_NN
grows_VBZ
,_,
thanks_NNS
to_IN
some_DT
good_JJ
direction_NN
and_CC
editing_NN
._.
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
acting_VBG
has_HVZ
little_DT
to_TO
do_DO
with_IN
the_DT
emotional_JJ
impact_NN
of_IN
the_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
kevin_NP
searches_NNS
out_RP
a_DT
seasonal_JJ
santa_NP
at_IN
night_NN
,_,
just_RB
as_CS
"_"
santa_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
getting_VBG
in_IN
his_PP$
car_NN
._.
kevin_NP
asks_VBZ
the_DT
man_NN
to_IN
pass_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
request_NN
-_-
he_PP
wants_VBZ
his_PP$
family_NN
back_RP
-_-
to_IN
the_DT
real_JJ
santa_NP
._.
he_PP
learned_VBD
how_WRB
to_TO
deal_VB
with_IN
the_DT
furnace_NP
._.
you_PP
turn_VB
on_IN
the_DT
lights_NNS
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
so_RB
scary_JJ
anymore_RB
._.
he_PP
goes_VBZ
to_IN
a_DT
church_NN
one_CD
evening_NN
and_CC
there_EX
he_PP
sees_VBZ
the_DT
snow-shovel_NN
murderer_NN
,_,
who_WP
actually_RB
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
nice_JJ
man_NN
._.
they_PP
talk_VB
about_IN
their_PP$
fears_NNS
and_CC
kevin_NP
learns_VBZ
that_CS
age_NN
alone_RB
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
make_VB
you_PP
less_DT
afraid_JJ
._.
finally_RB
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
last_OD
20_CD
minutes_NNS
,_,
kevin_NP
confronts_VBZ
his_PP$
last_OD
fear_NN
-_-
the_DT
bandits_NNS
,_,
head_NN
on_IN
(_(
literally_RB
)_)
._.
this_DT
last_OD
act_NN
is_BEZ
full_JJ
of_IN
violent_JJ
comedic_JJ
slapstick_NN
,_,
and_CC
after_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
genuine_JJ
dramatic_JJ
setup_???
,_,
it_NN
is_BEZ
dessert_NP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
fun_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
overwhelm_NP
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
whole_JJ
,_,
home_NN
alone_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
holiday_NN
movie_NN
._.
john_NP
williams_NP
'_"
original_JJ
score_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
sound_NN
and_CC
feel_VB
of_IN
holiday_NN
music_NN
without_IN
the_DT
disadvantage_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
overplayed_VBD
at_IN
the_DT
malls_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
christmas_NN
setting_NN
can_MD
put_VB
you_PP
in_IN
the_DT
mood_NN
for_IN
those_DT
family_NN
gatherings_NNS
._.
but_CC
it_PP
does_DOZ
have_HV
its_PP$
flaws_NNS
._.
the_DT
smallest_JJS
problem_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
culkin_NP
doesn't_DOZ
act_VB
very_RB
well_RB
._.
as_CS
i_PP
said_VBD
before_IN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
cute_JJ
,_,
but_CC
repeated_VBD
viewings_NNS
reveal_VB
more_DT
about_IN
how_WRB
columbus_NP
covered_VBD
himself_PPX
than_CS
about_RB
culkin_NP
's_POS
insight_NN
into_IN
his_PP$
character_NN
._.
the_DT
biggest_JJS
problem_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
during_IN
the_DT
cartoony_NN
coda_NN
,_,
the_DT
villains_NNS
threaten_VB
kevin_NP
's_POS
life_NN
about_IN
five_CD
times_NNS
._.
instead_RB
of_IN
"_"
i'm_???
gonna_NN
get_VB
that_CS
kid_NN
"_"
they_PP
say_VB
"_"
i'm_???
gonna_NN
kill_NN
that_CS
kid_NN
._.
"_"
some_DT
might_MD
argue_VB
that_DT
the_DT
tone_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
same_DT
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
strongly_RB
disagree_VB
._.
mixing_NN
comedy_NN
with_IN
specific_JJ
and_CC
viable_JJ
threats_NNS
of_IN
murder_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
sociopathic_JJ
faux-pas_???
._.
i'll_???
probably_RB
never_RB
see_VB
home_NN
alone_RB
2_CD
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
wish_VB
i_PP
had_HVD
skipped_VBD
home_NN
alone_RB
2_CD
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
do_DO
enjoy_VB
home_NN
alone_RB
almost_RB
every_DT
year_NN
._.
don't_DO
let_VB
your_PP$
impressions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
others_NNS
detract_VB
from_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
,_,
which_WDT
has_HVZ
much_DT
more_RBR
to_IN
offer_NN
than_CS
cartoon_NN
slapstick_NP
._.
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