If you’re a fan of Home Alone, you’re likely to have watched the film countless times and feel confident there isn’t a single detail you’ve missed.
But one viewer picked up on a tiny ‘error’ in the film that they had “never noticed before” – and it’s left people convinced that poor Kevin wasn’t the only child left behind.
We all know that an overly-nosey neighbour was counted in Kevin’s place as the kids pile into vans to head to the airport, while Kevin himself slept like a log in the attic upstairs, somehow not being woken by the huge McCallister family throwing around suitcases in a crazy montage after panicking they had overslept.
Kevin’s oldest cousin Heather is to blame for mistaking her own blood for a random stranger, but TikTok user @Jade.The.Jinx spotted it wasn’t her only blunder during the ill-fated counting process.
Heather, who should never be trusted to conduct a head count ever again, goes down the line of the family’s children ‘ensuring’ everyone is accounted for, while Buzz shouts out random numbers to distract her like the toddler he is.
And his efforts of distraction seem to work, as the viewer spotted that Heather actually counted herself twice during the process – patting her own head at both number three and number 11.
When questioned if she completed the headcount of all the children, Heather – aka captain can’t count – smugly replies: “Eleven, including me. Five boys, six girls, four parents, two drivers… and a partridge in a pear tree.”
But if there’s meant to be 11 children and she’s counted herself twice, which other small, defenceless child has she carelessly left behind?
The video uploaded to TikTok has been viewed 1.2 million times and is titled: “I’ve seen Home Alone thousands of times how have I never noticed this?!” – adding in the captions: ‘She counts herself at 3 and 11.’
Some people excused the gaff as an acting error or continuity gaff, but others weren’t so forgiving.
One commented to say: “Ummmm that means another kid was forgotten about… Kevin wasn’t alone…”
A second wrote: “Then technically they’re missing two kids because isn’t one the neighbour?”
And another added: “So if she counted herself twice and [the] random kid in the van, then that means there should have been an extra kid in the count… and two kids missing on [the] trip.”