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1990: Home Alone
I was 5 years old and thought that Home Alone was the funniest thing I had ever seen. I wanted to set booby traps all over my house. I desperately wanted to be friends with Macaulay Culkin. On the other hand, I was also terrified of being left home alone and the house being burgled. This was already a deeply ingrained fear because my brother and I loved watching Unsolved Mysteries and Rescue 911, so a cheerful comedy about a kid beating two inept burglars at their own game turned a bit more sordid in my impressionable young mind. Still, my brother and I definitely spent the next month shouting, “KEEP THE CHANGE, YA FILTHY ANIMAL” to each other, much to my parents’ chagrin.
Ask me how many nights I spent afterward sitting in the doorway of my bedroom, wearing the floor-length nightgown I was all about, belting out “When You’re Alone” like the girl in Hook. Better yet, ask my poor family.
1992: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Now that I live in New York City and know how much townhouses and renovations cost, I can’t help but rewatch Home Alone 2 in horror as I think about the hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and months of construction setbacks Kevin causes with his shenanigans. In conclusion, becoming an adult makes you FUN.
1993: Mrs. Doubtfire
I’m pretty sure my whole family picked up everything Robin Williams is putting down here.
1994: Little Women
This was definitely a major acquiescence on my sibling's part, because there’s no way in hell my 13-year-old brother agreed to watch the film adaptation of one of my favorite books without some major coercion. Actually, my mom probably twisted his arm under the guise of the fact that he’d just had his bar mitzvah (Presents! Party! “Becoming a man!”), and I was probably feeling a little left out. I’m going to ask her if this was the guilt card she played, because I’m 100% sure it was. Whatever; I got to see Little Women.