Home Alone came out way back in 1990, a.k.a. the year I was born. I saw it as a young lad and it stuck with me ever since. It also gave me a lot of amazing ideas for when I am getting robbed by a pair of dumb criminals who are looking to get thoroughly wrecked by some awesome pranks. Macaulay Culkin delivered one of the best Kid vs. Bad Guy performances of all time.
But a Reddit user did happen to notice a plot hole (there were obviously quite a few, tbh). But he has an explanation for it!
The plot hole...
Why is it that the phones didn’t work when the family was desperately trying to call Kevin from Paris, but they did work when Kevin wanted to order a cheese pizza?
They imply that the phone lines were damaged the night before due to a storm (it was around Christmas, therefore winter weather and a storm makes sense).
But then, how come Macaulay's character Kevin was able to order that pizza?
Reddit user "Phire" had this comment to summarize his explanation:
“I always assumed the tree actually severed the main trunk line to the whole town, but local calls within the same exchange still worked."
So, the pizza delivery was in the local range (keep in mind this was the early '90s... things weren't nearly as advanced), but long distance calls wouldn't work. Hence, Kevin's parents couldn't reach him, but the pizza place around the corner was certainly reachable.
That's just a theory, though... what does a real telephone pro think?
Huffington Post wanted to actually confirm or deny this, so they reached out to AT&T’s Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs, Hank Hultquist who confirmed the Reddit theory!
“Everything is changing now because all of this phone capability is moving into the cloud, but in 1990, that was absolutely a plausible scenario.
“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.”
Sounds legit enough.
You've gotta watch again if you haven't in a while... it is still pure comedy and one of those movies that will make you want to get robbed... just so you can inflict (serious) pain on some dumbass loser criminals.