Even Though The Cast Of ‘Home Alone’ Didn’t Include Any Latinos, These Are The 9 Ways I Could Totally Relate To The Movie
One of my favorite Christmas movies growing up was “Home Alone” — you know, the film about a wealthy white family that plans a holiday trip to Paris but accidentally leaves their son at home. Although my family isn’t white nor wealthy enough to afford holiday trips to Europe, there are moments throughout “Home Alone” that totally reminded me of my Latino family…
This opening scene where the entire family is scrambling trying to get ready for their vacation trip is totally my family.
It doesn’t matter how much time we have to prepare for a family trip, we always end up rushing last minute. And it’s a hot mess. This happens before trips, before a family party, before misa and every day before going to school.
Before jumping into their big van (also relatable) the McCallisters do a head count, which is pretty funny, but required when traveling with my huge family.
When people see my family they think we’re on a school field trip because of how many of us there are.
The scene where Kevin tricks the burglars into thinking his family is home, is the EXACT same security technique my family follows every time we’re away.
We didn’t have the money to buy security systems. Our security technique involved leaving the lights and television on, that way it seemed like there are people home.
When Kevin’s mom wasn’t around, he found the perfect recipe to cook: mac-n-cheese for dinner. That is spot-on what my meals looked like when I was in college and didn’t have my mom around.
I lived on Cup-o-noodles, mac-n-cheese and quesadillas because mom wasn’t around.
The most infuriating part about having siblings is when they eat all your food. I’ve definitely felt the same as Kevin when his brother eats his favorite cheese pizza — in front of him!
I would’ve punched him on the spot. You don’t mess with my food.
But the difference is, I tend to react a little more like this:
— radιoacтιve pancaĸe (@ana_BatBat) October 28, 2016
Don’t. Mess. With. My food!!
Because of the love-hate relationship I have with my siblings, the booby traps Kevin sets on the burglars are inspiration for pranks I pulled on my brothers.
And the way Kevin defends himself from the burglars reminds me of some advice my parents have always given me as a kid, which is: “No te dejes.”
If there was ever a kid at my school that was bothering me, my parents always told me to defend myself and never let anyone push me around.
Kevin’s mom also has some great guilt-tripping skills like my mom.
This sounds a lot like my mom when she says: “Que van hacer el día que yo me muera…”
But the final scene of “Home Alone” hits home for me the most.
Because I know the holidays wouldn’t be complete without my big Latino family.