Home Alone is one of the most popular Christmas movies ever. It’s definitely become a Christmas classic that many people watch every year. Next year, it will be the thirtieth anniversary of the movie, and it continues to be extremely popular in pop culture.
Some of the scenes and quotes from the movie are iconic and really easy and fun to quote. Many of these lines are hilarious, and a few are heartwarming, but they are all memorable.
Updated on March 31st, 2021 by Mark Birrell: Home Alone is, without doubt, one of the most iconic movies ever made. Its blend of broadly relatable coming-of-age family comedy with a festive Christmas adventure stood out immediately to movie fans thanks in no small part to some incredible lead performances and the unforgettable music of John Williams. With a screenplay from the great John Hughes, it’s no wonder why so many lines from the movie have become some of the most famous movie quotes ever. We couldn’t limit this to just 10 examples, so we’ve added another 5 great quotes from this beloved holiday classic that can be enjoyed year-round.
15 “THIS HOUSE IS SO FULL OF PEOPLE, IT MAKES ME SICK! WHEN I GROW AND GET MARRIED, I’M LIVING ALONE!”
Kevin is undeniably one of the cutest kids from the history of movies thanks to his convincingly innocent outlook on life. As he begins to really lose his temper at his family for the first time in the movie, he jumps up and down and yells this to anyone who’ll listen, repeating the final words over and over.
Even though Kevin might not fully grasp the concept of marriage in this quote, and it’s technically a tantrum, it’s hard not to relate to his frustration here.
14 “I MADE MY FAMILY DISAPPEAR!”
When we are first introduced to Kevin, he is really tired of his family and how they treat him. He is so frustrated with them that he wishes that they would disappear. So, when he wakes up the next morning to see that his family is gone, he assumes that he really did make them disappear.
This is a hilarious moment, and seeing the realization dawn in him that his family is gone is great. He then starts to get really excited about the freedom he has, and this is a moment that anyone who has ever been a kid can relate to.
13 “YOU’RE WHAT THE FRENCH CALL LES INCOMPÉTENTS.”
As far as the McCallister family is concerned, it’s true that they don’t exactly treat Kevin that well. He has many older siblings who find him annoying and in the way.
While Kevin can also be rude to them, his siblings definitely are too mean at times. One of the most iconic lines of Kevin’s family being a jerk to him is this one that’s said by his older sister, Linnie. It’s really hilarious and also fun to say, which makes it one of the best quotes.
12 “HAVE A GREAT TRIP, BRING ME BACK SOMETHING FRENCH!”
This funny line comes from the McCallisters’ talkative neighbor, Mitch Murphy, who only has a brief appearance but has an important place in the story as he’s part of the series of mishaps that allows Kevin to be left behind in the first place.
As he’s enthusiastically looking through one of the McCallisters’ bags in the van that’s going to take them to the airport, Mitch is accidentally counted as Kevin while his back is turned. He waves goodbye to the McCallisters with this memorable sendoff but, alas, they fail to notice their mistake.
11 “HAS THIS TOOTHBRUSH BEEN APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION?”
One of the things that made audiences fall in love with Kevin so much is that he’s a really smart kid who is concerned about things that usually only adults are. He’s pretty funny and also rather sweet, and this is one line that shows that.
When Kevin goes out shopping by himself to get groceries, he tries to pick out a new toothbrush but is very concerned about whether or not it’s a good one. It’s definitely funny to see him try to figure out how to take care of things on his own.
10 “I’M A CRIMINAL.”
Unfortunately for Kevin, his road to independence sometimes hits a few speedbumps as it does when he attempts to buy the toothbrush but gets scared by Marley, his elderly neighbor that he’s initially afraid of but later befriends.
Running out of the store in fright with the toothbrush still in his hand, Kevin is chased as a shoplifter but gets away after a fun chase through a skating rink. On his way home, staring down at his plastic plunder, Kevin shakes his head laments that he’s now technically a successful criminal.
9 “KEVIN, YOU’RE SUCH A DISEASE.”
This is another quote that one of Kevin’s older siblings says to him the night before Kevin is left behind. Given that so many of his family members were saying some pretty rude things to him on the same evening, it’s easy to see why Kevin wanted them all to go away.
Seeing the sibling interactions from Home Alone is definitely one thing that makes the movie rather realistic and relatable to anyone that has brothers or sisters.
8 “WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO. SHAKE HIS HAND AND SAY ‘CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE AN IDIOT’?”
Another of the parade of insults that Kevin is subjected to in the opening of the movie, this time for the crime of not knowing how to pack his own suitcase.
On a quest to find someone who can show him, he finds no sympathy from the family and Megan delivers this quotable putdown to confirm that she’s already said tough luck to poor Kevin.
7 “FULLER, GO EASY ON THE PEPSI.”
If dealing with his immediate family wasn’t enough frustration for Kevin, he also has to deal with all of the extended family staying at his house. Uncle Frank is a total jerk, and his cousin Fuller is kind of dumb.
While he’s known to wet the bed, he keeps drinking a ton of soda anyway, and Kevin is not thrilled at the prospect of having to share a bed with him and really who can blame him. Seeing Fuller be rather mischievous and shameless about drinking the soda is also really funny.
6 “BLESS THIS HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS MICROWAVABLE MACARONI AND CHEESE DINNER AND THE PEOPLE WHO SOLD IT ON SALE. AMEN.”
Throughout Home Alone, Kevin gets more and more used to taking care of things at home by himself, and he’s clearly a very smart and capable kid.
While he misses his family, he tries his best to take care of himself while they’re gone. He is clearly very thoughtful as he takes the time to be thankful for his food before eating it. This quote is extremely adorable and shows that he’s just a good-hearted kid.
5 “ALL THE GREAT ONES LEAVE THEIR MARK. WE’RE THE WET BANDITS.”
This list wouldn’t be complete without a quote from the iconic burglars of the movie, Harry and Marv, who are dubbed “The Wet Bandits” by Marv because of his “calling card” of blocking the sinks and turning the taps on to flood a house after they’ve robbed it.
Neither of the thieves is very smart but Marv is definitely the least bright of the pair as, after Harry’s protestation at Marv’s calling card throughout most of the movie, the police officers arresting them at the end of the movie let them know that the trademark habit has now automatically identified all of the other houses that they’ve hit.
When the rest of Kevin’s family is rushing to get to the airport, they don’t notice at all that Kevin isn’t with them.
It’s only when on the plane that Kate, Kevin’s mom, feels uneasy and like she’s forgotten something. This is when it finally dawns on her that they left Kevin behind, and she lets out this iconic scream.
3 “KEEP THE CHANGE, YA FILTHY ANIMAL.”
If there’s any line from the movie that has been quoted the most, it’s likely this one. This line actually comes from the fictional gangster movie Angels With Filthy Souls that Kevin watches.
The other quote people often say is “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal,” but that line actually isn’t said in the first film but only in the sequel. But, both of these lines are really hilarious and dramatic, and people will love to say them for years to come.
2 “I’M EATING JUNK FOOD AND WATCHING RUBBISH, YOU BETTER COME OUT AND STOP ME!”
When Kevin first gets the entire house to himself, he’s clearly thrilled. These moments really capture what it feels like to be a kid and to actually get some freedom to do whatever you want.
He’s happy that he’s able to eat whatever he wants and do whatever he wants. Of course, the first thing he decides to do includes eating a ton of junk food and watching a movie that isn’t appropriate for a kid.
1 “WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL HIM THAT INSTEAD OF PRESENTS THIS YEAR, I JUST WANT MY FAMILY BACK.”
While most of the best and most memorable lines from Home Alone are the funny ones, there are a few great quotes that are more heartwarming and serious.
When Kevin goes to meet with Santa, he tells the fake Santa to send a message to the real Santa about what he wants for Christmas. It’s really sweet and a little heartbreaking that all he wants is his family back as he’s learned how much they mean to him.
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