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What 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."
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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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why is watching people get hurt funny? The bumps and bangs are played for humor here, but what would be the real consequences of these incidents?
Nobody believes Alex when he tells his family that he has seen crooks in the neighborhood. Could he have been more convincing? Or is being unheard part of being a kid?
- In theaters: December 12, 1997
- On DVD or streaming: November 3, 1998
- Cast: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Scarlett Johansson
- Director: Raja Gosnell
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Misfits and Underdogs
- Run time: 102 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: slapstick violence, language and mild sensuality
- Last updated: October 28, 2020
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