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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.
Though the moral of this story ends up pointing to the joys of homey family life, the excesses of extreme wealth are so prevalent that the humble life seems absolutely bland by comparison.
Positive Role Models
Kevin's mom and dad try to explain why parents get divorced, but Kevin seems to know more about the psychology than they do. Kevin fights back against the bad guys in self defense.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick violence and perilous scenes: a mansion gets flooded and trashed, the bad guys fall through a window, feet get stomped on, boiling buckets of fondue drop on heads. Kevin's brother bullies him, while their mom does nothing about it.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kevin's dad and his girlfriend share long, sensual kisses.
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Bullying language between siblings: "lame brain," "cheese face," "wedgie," etc. Bad guys tell Kevin to shut up and call him a moron.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine and champagne at dinner and parties. Kevin's dad's girlfriend "goes out" every night.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the young child in this slapstick comedy has to face adult burglars by himself because nobody believes that he's telling the truth. The kid's attempts at fighting back include lots of slapstick violence and comedic peril (falls, injuries, hot fondue incidents) ... just like in the rest of the Home Alone movies. There are also clumsy attempts at coping with the issues of divorce and adult relationships. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The jokes fall flat, and the smart observations sound like they're being read off a cue card. In the HOME ALONE franchise, so much hangs on the little hero, Kevin. Macaulay Culkin's comedic timing and precocious remarks made for great entertainment, but Weinberg just doesn't have the chops to carry this movie's weak script.
The supporting cast isn't as lame: The bad guys are pretty amusing, though they get beaten to a pulp. But serious subjects like divorce and parenting get thrown around too lightly -- and lamely -- to make this good kids' entertainment.
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