(20th Cent. Fox, 1990)
John Hughes via Chris Columbus created in this movie the highest-grossing comedy of all time, and sadly, the biggest comedy franchise ever. It made its entire production budget back on opening weekend. No word on where Warner Bros. sprinkled the ashes of the accounting genius who shuffled this pic off to Fox when the budget "soared" from $14M to $17M; perhaps they kept him on because they didn't need a spare half a billion dollars that year. The casting, from Macaulay Culkin to Roberts Blossom, and everyone in between, was inspired. A masterful and enjoyable Christmas romp, that still manages to find its way back...home.