With Christmas approaching you will undoubtedly see Home Alone 1 & 2 playing on a constant televised loop. The Christmas classic is know for its outrageous shenanigans involving a smart kid and two dumb crooks. People love watching poor Marv and Harry get absolutely decimated via paint cans, bricks and enough electricity to kill 80 people.
I've always thought of Marv and Harry as a pair of bumbling idiots who dive headlong into a lot of pain. However, Mark Hofmeyer over at Movies, Films and Flix recently made a case for Marv and Harry. He suggests that when they weren't blinded by rage they were actually pretty good thieves. They terrorized the suburbs, escaped from prison and planned a pretty great toy store heist. However, they always took their eyes off the prize and got too caught up in revenge.
The following post gives you five reasons that prove when they weren't attacking a young child they were pretty great thieves.
1. They successfully robbed and terrorized the suburbs in Home Alone.
Harry showed up at homes dressed as a police officer in order to check out security systems and occupancy. In one foul swoop he learned about the locks and automatic timers on the lights. He made sure to know the whereabouts of the families before he stole from them. This is an experienced move and proves that the Wet Bandits knew what they were doing.
2. They escaped from prison in Home Alone 2
It is very difficult to escape from prison let alone actually escaping from the ensuing manhunt. If you think about cinematic prison breakers they are intelligent people who played the long game and succeeded. I love that Marv and Harry took advantage of a riot and somehow made their way past gates, locks and bard wire fences. How did they get in that fish truck? I find it impressive that they were able to go from Chicago to New York undetected.
3. Their planning, execution and robbery of the toy store was inspired.
They knew the store would have unmarked cash on hand so they hid and waited to rob the place when no one was around. They fooled everybody except for a pesky kid. I love how Harry broke down the robbery.
The only stores that will have cash on hand are ones that deal in moderately priced goods. Ergo, what stores are gonna make the most cash on Christmas Eve that no one is gonna think to rob?
Harry’s question shows self-awareness and an ability to think in depth about easy targets. I think it is a pretty great plan that involves zero death or hostages.
4. Marv is such a good thief that nobody notices him stealing from them
It takes a pro to rob from unsuspecting skaters. Marv ingeniously fashions a sticky hand and he clothes himself with extra layers (scarf, mittens, ear muffs) via stealing from unsuspecting skaters. It takes a lot of skill if you think about it. He steals artices of clothing and nobody notices! It is so blatant (like their daytime robberies) it works perfectly!
Check out the video for proof of Marv's thieving skills.
5. They have a laid back repertoire and prove they can come up with some pretty great Christmas songs about stealing things.
If you watch the Home Alone deleted scenes you get a look into Marv and Harry’s relationship. They don’t come across as dumb or bumbling. They come across as two thieves that know each other pretty well and have an easy charm. Also, they have a pretty firm grasp on how great they are at stealing things.