Another kid must turn his home into a house of horrors for a different set of crooks, but this time, he’s only alone during the day in “Home Alone 3.” This is… a movie. And, that’s the nicest thing anyone can ever say about it.
All the stars of the first two “Home Alone” films are gone, so this time we get Alex, a young boy who is sick in December and must stay home from school. When his father accidentally picks up a toy with stolen microchip in it, a group of spies working for North Korean terrorists start searching for that toy. Alex then has to battle this group of criminals in much the same way that Kevin took down Harry and Marv in the first two films. But, Alex comes across as a cheap knock off of Kevin. And, as spies, this group of criminals should be significantly smarter than two common house burglars, but they end up falling for even sillier traps. This is… really not good.
The first film is a Christmas classic. The second is a quality sequel that’s still a lot of fun. This is probably fun for little kids, but not much else. I can’t imagine any adult saying, “Let’s watch “Home Alone 3.” I can’t imagine any teen saying that. The appeal of the first two films is missing from this one.
Quite frankly, the best part of this movie is the fact that Scarlett Johansson plays Alex’s older sister, Molly. But, that’s only good in hindsight. No one knew at the time how big of a star Scarlett Johansson would become. It’s like when you see Chris Evans pop up in “Not Another Teen Movie” or Chris Hemsworth appear in “Star Trek.” They are cool facts now, because of what those guys became. At the time those films were made, they were just some guys. Here, Johansson is just some girl trying to make it as an actor. She did, and that’s great, but it doesn’t improve the quality of this dreck.
I would not recommend this film for anyone. If you’ve seen it and liked it, I’m happy for you. My son keeps begging me to watch it and I don’t want to sit through this again. Sadly, this isn’t as bad as the “Home Alone” series would get.
Ranking: Half a star out of 5.
What did you think of “Home Alone 3?”