Home Alone 3

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Formulaic movie draws some laughs from pratfalls.
  • PG
  • 1997
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

Older brother has posters of women in bikinis. One poster shows most of a breast exposed, and is featured in a prank.

Language

Marginal language and name calling: "butt," "buttock," "damn," "hell," "dumb broad," and  "winky."

Consumerism

American Airlines mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lady across the street smokes a lot, and she drinks whiskey during the daytime.

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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMatt B. October 25, 2015

Good movie for families

This is a family movie.
Parent of a 7 year old Written bykristin1234 December 16, 2012

Too violent

My 7-year-old daughter loved this, but I thought there was too much serious violence in it. The boy is fighting international criminals, and sets a number of t... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 4, 2011

the "worst" of the four, when you put them all together

A good Home Alone movie, but compared to all the others, obviously the most inappropriate and violent. There is actually a cardboard cutout of a nude woman that... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 11, 2011

Franchise goes from household burglars to international terrorists in this weird third outing

Unbelievable and stupid third installment leaves a lot to be desired. Everything from the traps to the acting needs a lot of improvement.

What's the story?

Alex (Alex D. Linz) is left alone for a day when he has the chicken pox. Little does he know, an internationally renowned terrorist group is on his tail: he was given a gift with a precious piece of hardware inside. His mission? Keep his house and his neighborhood safe.

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?

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