HG´s Christmas Captives – Harry Lime


We continue to see a spirited discussion surrounding Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and submissions may continue until the delivering of verdicts on Christmas Day. However, now entering the dock is Harry Lime. We are not concerned with the Harry Lime of The Third Man, but instead the memorable character from Home Alone and Home Alone 2 (Christmas films second only to Die Hard). 

Is Harry a narcissist, narcissistic, normal or empath? Let’s have the summary of information for Harold “Harry” Lime and then your submissions and arguments can commence ahead of voting


One half of The Wet Bandits and one half of The Sticky Bandits

Redistributor of wealth in Chicago suburbs and a New York toystore

Carer of the Intellectually Hampered Marvin “Marv” Merchants

Taunts Kevin McAllister

Police officer impersonator

Exhibits cunning

Known to be hotheaded (literally)

Home lighting system analyst

Lives in the “oh-Kay Plumbing and Heating Van”

Obsessed with shiny items – his gold tooth, residents jewellery and “The Silver Tuna”

Regards Marv´s habit of turning on the faucets in the houses they visit as “sick”

Dislikes children “Kids are stupid”

Has an 8 year old as his nemesis

Surprisingly durable to physical violence

What is Harry Lime?

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9 thoughts on “HG´s Christmas Captives – Harry Lime

  1. teresarudolph71 says:

    Definitely a Narcissist, most likely of the Lesser school.

    Sense of Entitlement – He believed that he was entitled to other people’s valuables.

    Con Artist – He tricked people into thinking he was looking out for them when he was really looking to rob them.

    And, as you said, he hated children.

    His Achilles Heel – He underestimated the intelligence of his opponent, Kevin. Lesser Narcissists sometimes make that mistake, as they tend to see the people they target as weak and stupid.

  2. Joa says:

    An extreme example of a narcissist of the lowest order. A figure not worth the attention of society. Valued only as a caricature to entertain the audience.

  3. BC30 says:

    Ok, who are the folks who voted with me? LOL We may be wrong on this one.

    1. lickemtomorrow says:

      What did you vote, BC30?

      1. BC30 says:


  4. lickemtomorrow says:

    I can’t stand this movie 😛

    It has to be one of the most irritating themes to me … smartass kid beats dumbass adults.

    I didn’t vote (who cares because Lime is a loser) and will second the vote on Bruce Willis and “Die Hard” topping this movie 😉

    1. teresarudolph71 says:

      I felt for that kid. He was relentlessly bullied by his big brother and his cousins, and mostly ignored by his parents. The only attention his parents gave him, throughout most of the movie, was to punish him when he fought back – an all too common knee-jerk reaction of some parents who don’t know or care what’s really going on with their kids, who just want peace and quiet and will lash out at whoever appears to be acting out (usually the one who is fighting back).

      If he acted like a smart alec, that was probably his best defense against the constant bullying that he was forced to endure.

      I admit that it was hokey, and not very plausible at all, it was satisfying to see him get the better of those burglars. I guess the beginning of the movie, in which he was the underdog, was kind of a set-up for that, because it made it all the more satisfying to see him fight back and finally win.

      1. lickemtomorrow says:

        Teresa, I like your response highlighting Kevin’s experience in the lead up to the crisis of being left “Home Alone”. He is fortunate to have developed ‘survival’ traits which see him fight the bully, who in this case happens to be an adult who does not have Kevin’s best interests at heart. I didn’t seriously reflect on the movie having decided at an early juncture I did not enjoy the suffering being inflicted on the protagonist, and by a child no less. I definitely take your point about fighting back, and children generally do not have that opportunity, but it set up the wrong premise for me. I don’t want to see children causing harm to others, even in a ‘playful’ sense as depicted in the unreality of a Hollywood movie. Children and violence don’t go together for me. I don’t know why I’m so sensitive to it, but I didn’t find anything enjoyable or funny about this movie.

        1. lickemtomorrow says:

          *antagonist*, not ‘protagonist’ … Kevin is the protagonist in this story. My bad 😛

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