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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, rather than educate.
Alex 's parents both work, which leaves Alex home alone with the chicken pox. Though his mom is very good about staying in touch while she is at the office, he is put in a perilous position -- which he handles masterfully (if unrealistically).
Positive Role Models
Alex's mom and dad truly love their kids and show affection when they are around. Alex's mom admonishes her boss for making her choose between "caring for her sick kid and making a house payment." Alex shows determination and perseverance in the face of danger (not that we'd really want a kid to face bad guys this way).
Violence & Scariness
Just what you'd expect from the Home Alone franchise: lots of slapstick violence at the expense of the bad guys. There are guns -- real and toy -- that are used to threaten people. Electrocution, slapping, heavy objects crashing on people, a guy gets hit by a car, explosions. But everyone comes out alive, if black and blue. No blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Older brother has posters of women in bikinis. One poster shows most of a breast exposed, and is featured in a prank.
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Marginal language and name calling: "butt," "buttock," "damn," "hell," "dumb broad," and "winky."
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Products & Purchases
American Airlines mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lady across the street smokes a lot, and she drinks whiskey during the daytime.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in Home Alone 3 the bad guys get really banged up by a smart little kid. Traps and tricks at every turn result in painful pratfalls involving electrocution, car accidents, and explosions. Sensitive kids might be frightened by the fact that these bad guys carry real guns and are hunting down an 8-year-old boy who is sick at home alone. Some name calling, like "dumb broad" and potty talk, like "butt" and "winky." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Considering that Home Alone's initial hero played by Macualay Culkin is a very hard act to follow, little Alex D. Linz fills his shoes pretty well. He's cute, he's clever, he's got a devilish smile, and he's got the whole house to himself. The fact that John Hughes had a hand in writing and producing this movie goes a long way, too. The jokes are smart, the characters are fleshed-out, plus -- a bonus -- Scarlett Johansson fans get to see her in a bit part as Alex's older sister.
There is a formula that the movie goes by, of course. We know the bad guys are going to find Alex's house. We know that they are going to get punished when he unleashes his traps a-plenty. But the stakes are higher here, since the bad guys are smarter. And you do kind of feel sorry that the poor kid was left at home, even if we know he's invincible. Not bad for a threequel.
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