Scenario 2: Harry Potter dons his invisibility cloak, takes about ten steps in any given direction, then hears someone whispering about whatever it is he needs to know.
Scenario 3: Luke, I am your father.
Scenario 4: Sharon and Susan meet and instantly dislike each other at summer camp. Though they look exactly alike, save the style of their hair, they don’t realize until much later that they’re IDENTICAL TWINS SEPARATED AT BIRTH!
Scenario 5: The Home Alone kid was mistakenly separated from his family and left to fend for himself a second time.
Scenario 6: A young child who convinced you he was your reincarnated husband was kidding all along, having stumbled upon a box of old letters that enabled him to effectively mimic your former spouse’s memories and mannerisms.
I don’t know about you, but I can swallow scenarios 1 and 2, because we’re talking about Bugs and Harry, c’mon. I can buy scenario 3 because that particular coincidence also marked a killer-good shocker in the epic trilogy (it will always be a trilogy to me). I can even buy scenario 4, because The Parent Trap is an old classic Disney film, and an irritational part of me says, “they didn’t know better back then.” Some people might be able to buy scenario 5, but I couldn’t bring myself to see Home Alone 2. And Scenario 6 (Birth, in case anyone is wondering where that plot came from) was completely rejected by the world-at-large.
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