Macaulay Culkin is probably one of the most controversial people in Hollywood. After reaching stardom at a very young age, he pretty much went off the rails and spent most of his money on things no human being should spend money on. He was persona non grata for at least a few decades, but he’s seemingly working himself back in the spotlights now. Heck, he even asked JK Rowling for a part in one of the Harry Potter movie things.
Let’s take a look at some of the movies that put Macaulay on the map, before he wiped himself off it again.
This mix between live-action movie and cartoon was certainly unique and weird at the time it came out. The movie hasn’t aged well at all, but it was a must see for kids of the mid 90s.
We have to add this one, don’t we? Despite the movie being a cringeworthy experience for most adults, it’s a perfectly entertaining kids movie about a kid who – purposefully, apparently – gets left behind while his parents go on a trip. He uses kid shenanigans to fight off a few mentally challenged burglars and hilarity ensues.
One of the only movies Macaulay did before the above mentioned Home Alone, Uncle Buck was the one that put him in the spotlight to become the child star we’ve all come to love for at least a few years. Uncle Buck, like most movies on this list, doesn’t have a plot that’s worth remembering. That also means it’s not worth remembering in a bad way, though.
Despite Macaulay’s part in this being very minor, he was in it and it’s a good movie. I mean, Macaulay isn’t giving us much to work with, here. It’s either the occasional horror movie about PTSD and drug abuse, or just a bunch of kids movies that most of us don’t really want to remember because we’ve grown too old for them.
This story about Macaulay, a kid with allergies, being friends with a girl who’s a hypochondriac at the ripe age of 11, is actually pretty decent. I know I’m not selling the plot, but in all fairness, neither is the plot. It’s a fun, light movie and it never pretends to be anything more than that.
I mean, it’s an R-rated crime biography. It’s not gonna be a movie for everyone, but it’s one of Macaulay’s better post-Home Alone fame movies. It’s really, really weird though. It’s the weirdest movie on this list by far, and the fact that it has Seth Green and Marilyn Manson in it should tell you all you need to know.
The Good Son
Young Macaulay basically plays the villain in this movie, and the person to stop him is none other than young Elijah Wood. This movie is probably more enjoyable if you watch it pretending it’s a Lord of the Rings prequel, but that applies to most movies on this list, I’m afraid.