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Everyone know what the McCallister's mansion looks like in Home Alone, right? And everyone remembers what Monica and Chandler's new home in Friends looked like, yeah?

Well, did you know that when Monica and Chandler decided to up sticks and ditch the big city back in 2004, they actually moved into Kevin's gaf from the classic holiday movie?

No, us neither.

If we cast our mind back to the moment Monica and Chandler went to view their new home in Westchester, we don't recall noticing any connection to the McCallisters, but apparently we just needed to up our game.

According to a YouTube upload from 22 Vision, the production team for the hit sitcom decided to use stock footage from the 1990 movie as their exterior backdrop, and didn't imagine anyone would notice.

And they didn't… until now.



Macaulay Culkin may forever be better known as the 10-year-old child actor who stole the show in one of our favourite Christmas films of all time, Home Alone. 

And though he sort of dropped off the radar as he got older, he has now returned in a new web series reprising his role as a grown up Kevin McCallister. 

And if you thought that being left at home alone by your family TWICE on Christmas would be pretty traumatic, you would be dead right. 

It seems our grown up, foul mouthed Kevin is  harbouring some serious psychological issues as we see in the pretty crazy first episode. 

"I had to fend off my house from two psychopath home invaders," says the grown up Kevin.

"I mean, I still have nightmares about this bald weirdo dude chasing me around talking like Yosemite Sam."

Watch the bizarre first episode below (beware this is NSFW): 




As Christmas movies go, Home Alone has a fairly straightforward plot line. Kevin McCallister gets left home alone by his family, antics ensue. 

But there's been one detail in the movie that has always annoyed us a little… and lots of other people too, it would seem.

Early on in the movie, a storm causes trees to fall on phone lines, meaning Kevin can't contact his mum and dad to let them know he's okay.

And yet later in the film, he successfully orders a cheese pizza (and manages to terrify the delivery man in the process).

So, before the days of mobile internet and all that jazz, how on earth did Kevin make a phone call with a broken phoneline?

Well, you'll sleep easy tonight because we've finally solved the mystery… with the help of some logical thought from a Reddit user on a thread about movie plot holes.

"I always assumed the tree actually severed the main trunk line to the whole town, but local calls within the same exchange still worked," the quick-thinking Home Alone fan wrote.

To set the record straight, the Huffington Post contacted American telecommunications company AT&T, who says the theory is definitely a solid one.

"Everything is changing now because of all this phone capability is moving into the cloud, but in 1990, that was absolutely a plausible scenario," spokesperson said.

"When you're trying to call from Paris, now you're relying on a whole series of connections including undersea cables, any one of which could have a problem, which would prevent you from reaching some particular telephone number."

Plot hole or not, that pizza scene is still one of our faves, for this line alone:




Don’t miss any of your favourite Christmas movies this week with our guide of what’s on when! There are LOADS of favourites on including the Harry Potter movies, but we've chosen some very Christmassy-inspired titles to get you in the mood! We also added Into The West, though not Christmassy, it's definitely one we do not want to miss! 

And we don't want to talk about how distraught we are that Love Actually and The Santa Claus are nowhere to be found on the terrestrial channels…

23rd Dec
ITV 2, 9.00pm
Bridget Jones’ Diary

Christmas Eve (24th Dec)
Channel 4, 4.50pm
The Muppets Christmas Carol

ITV 2, 9pm
The Holiday

Christmas Day (25th Dec)
RTÉ 1, 8.05am
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

RTÉ 2, 3.50pm
It’s A Wonderful Life

St Stephen's Day (26th Dec)
3e, 2pm
Into The West




Christmas is made for movies. It's when everyone is at home, the fire is on, the kettle is always hot and the TV plays all our favourite festive movies on repeat!

Here are our favourite scenes:

1. Love Actually 
When Mark turns up and declares his love for Juliet…sob

2. Home Alone 
When Kevin's mom finally makes it home to her little boy – grab the tissues!

3. Bridget Jones' Diary 
When Bridget chases Mark Darcy and she's wearing no pants and they have an epic kiss in the snow

4. Miracle on 34th Street
When Santa signs with the adorable little girl after her mom tells him she is deaf

6. Elf
When Buddy meets the store manager and he tells him Santa is coming

7. Sleepless in Seattle
Just when you think all is lost – little Jonah forgets his bag on top of the Empire State building

8. The Santa Clause
Scott's visit to the doctor is always a classic

9. It's A Wonderful Life
Most of this film is just a sobfest – a beautiful, wonderful sobfest!

10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Not festive per se – but come on, who doesn't watch this at Christmas time?! When you realise Wonka isn't actually a crook, it's just lovely!




1. The picture of Buzz’s girlfriend in Home Alone is actually a boy because the director though it would be too mean to say “Buzz, your girlfriend…woof!” about an actual girl.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow was originally lined up to play Rose in The Titantic.

3. Pyscho was the first film to show a flushing toilet on-screen.

4. Mel Gibson, Richard Gere and Harrison Ford were just some of the other actors offered the part of Die Hard‘s John McClane before it was given to Bruce Willis.

5. Toy Story has numerous allusions to The Shining. Why??

6. Lindsay Lohan was originally going to play the part of Regina George but decided against it as she didn’t want the public to wrongly perceive her personality. Well, that paid off eh, Lindsay?

7. When Macaulay Culkin’s finger is bit by Joe Pesci in Home Alone it was real and Macaulay still has a scar.

8. In Trainspotting, the poo in the awful toilet scene was actually chocolate. Yum.

9. The baby used in the christening scene of The Godfather is in fact director Sofia Coppola.

10. Lily Allen has a cameo in Elizabeth.


Oh and while we’re at it, Princess Beatrice had a cameo in The Young Victoria!