Tuesday, December 27, 2011

People, Places and (Wrong) Things

My good friend Lindsay, of IAMNOTASTALKER, sent me a link to this "City Traveler" blog (from CityPASS) because she spotted a major fact error. While reading the article, about the top cities in which to set a holiday movie, I spotted an additional fact error. Allow me to share them both.

Why, at the end of the first paragraph, are we asked if Home Alone would be different if it were set in Alton, Ill., instead of New York City? Home Alone was not set in the Big Apple. It was set much closer to Alton, actually, because it's supposed to unfold in a Chicago suburb. The Home Alone sequel was set in NYC, which is why its full title is Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

After mentioning Chicago and New York City, CityPASS heads west to discuss one of my favorite places, San Francisco. Four Christmases was indeed set in the City by the Bay, but, oops, it did not star Jennifer Aniston. The leading lady in that 2008 film was Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon played Aniston's younger sister on a couple of episodes of Friends — and the two are friends in real life — but that's about as close as these actresses come to being one in the same. It seems you'd have to be as bumbling as the crooks from the first two Home Alone films to mix up two of Hollywood's biggest stars.

You have MovieFAILED, CityPASS.

In this Getty Images photo, that's Reese
on the left and Jennifer on the right.
See, they are not the same person.

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