A lawyer has gone viral with a hilarious analysis of every law broken in Home Alone 2.
The sequel to the original festive hit sees Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) board the wrong plane in the airport, landing him alone in New York City, where he is once again pursued by the ‘Sticky Bandits’, Marv (Daniel Stern) and Harry (Joe Pesci).
Live tweeting the film over the weekend, the legal expert explained Kevin could face up to four years in a young offenders institution for his actions, while Marv and Harry could be locked away for life.
Popular UK-based Twitter account The Secret Barrister broke down the crimes carried out in the Christmas classic Home Alone 2, according to English and Welsh law. Pictured, Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McAllister in the film
The Secret Barrister kicked off the Twitter thread by explaining it would conduct the analysis through the lens of English and Welsh law, even though the film takes place in New York
Not even Kevin’s parents would escape without an offence after losing Kevin again, clocking up eight months’ immediate custody for child neglect.
The Secret Barrister is behind the bestselling book The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken, which was published earlier this year.
The Secret Barrister kicked off the Twitter thread by explaining it would conduct the analysis through the lens of English and Welsh law, even though the film takes place in New York.
The first offence takes place within minutes of the film beginning when Kevin records Uncle Frank in the shower – an act of voyeurism.
From there, the offences get worse and worse including treason, sexual assault, fraud and corruption.
The brilliant thread breaking down every offence in the film has been liked more than 3,000 times and has hundreds of replies
The barrister wrote: ‘The Sticky Bandits are conspiring to commit a commercial burglary. Max sentence 10 years.
‘That’s right. Even £millions from a children’s toy store on Christmas Eve. If you’re going to commit an acquisitive offence, this is the one. On an early guilty plea, that’s 6.66 yrs.’
The Secret Barrister added: ‘Let me be clear, for any children watching: I am *not* suggesting you should actually go and commit a commercial burglary. Just that it’s better, for you, than a domestic burglary (14 years) or robbery (life). Glad that’s clear.’
Crimes committed in the movie include child abduction, GBH, and arson with intent to endanger life
Other offences racked up include child abduction, GBH, and arson with intent to endanger life.
Even the wonderful bird lady could technically be prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act 1824.
Twitter users adored the thread, praising the Secret Barrister for their dedication and suggesting other movies that needed analysing.
Stephen Rading-Stanford wrote: ‘I never knew I needed this, but now I want more! How about Jingle All The Way?’
Emma P added: ‘This is already a treat! *settles in with a glass of red and the remote poised*’
Hugo Glendinning tweeted: ‘Weirdly enjoyable despite having little interest in either details of law or the Home Alone movies.’
The Secret Barrister concluded that Harry and Marv are facing life in prison, and Kevin McAllister will spend four years in a young offenders institution