Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist

  • Review Date: December 7, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Predictable slapstick comedy still delivers the laughs.
  • Review Date: December 7, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is meant to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Faced with the dangerous situation of a home invasion, Finn opts to handle it himself rather than calling for help. His only outside help comes from a man he met through online gaming who contacts Finn's mom once he realizes the severity of the situation. Though the entire set-up is pretty unrealistic, it does come with some strong messages about family and healthy relationships in the characters' journey to reconnect with each other. Both kids defy their parents and at times speak disrespectfully to them, but their experiences bring them closer together and celebrate the unmaterialistic gifts of the holiday.

Positive role models

Finn's parents love their kids enough to move across the country for a more wholesome upbringing for them, and they battle familiar foes like the media and video games for time with their kids. Their absence during the burglars' heist is coincidental rather than intentional, and they do their best to keep in touch and to return home when they sense danger. Finn and Alexis show coolness under pressure when the bad guys arrive (although the best thing would have been to call for help right away).

Violence & scariness

Predictably, there's a heap of slapstick violence that would cause serious harm in the real world, but the victims keep on kicking on screen after being pelted with marbles, trapped in a window frame, kicked in the face, and pushed down the stairs. Police draw guns on a suspect and subdue him with pepper spray, and a man verbally threatens a teen's life.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

A girl calls her brother an "idiot" and says her parents' rules "suck." "Hell" is used once.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

At a party, grown-ups drink "adult egg nog," and one man in particular shows signs of being drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist delivers the franchise's expected punch of slapstick violence aimed at a team of inept burglars who break into a boy's home while he and his sister are unsupervised. As in the first four movies bearing this title, the showdown between the grown-ups and the crafty kids is as funny as it is unrealistic, but it's important to remind your own kids that this doesn't represent how a real-life scenario would play out. Despite the premise, you'll find the story rich in themes that celebrate family bonds and even raise relevant issues like monitoring screen time and staying safe online.

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What's the story?

Finn Baxter (Christian Martyn) is less than thrilled about his family's move from California to Maine, and he doesn't feel any better after laying eyes on their new home, which he fears might be haunted. Despite his parents' assurances that nothing's awry, Finn assumes the worst when he finds a secret room in the basement and discovers that his self-designed ghost trap has been tripped. So when his parents leave him and his older sister, Alexis (Jodelle Ferland), home alone while they attend a Christmas party -- and a band of thieves breaks in to steal a treasure hidden inside -- Finn rigs the house to deter them.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

HOME ALONE 5: THE HOLIDAY HEIST is a fairly formulaic reworking of the plots of the previous four Home Alone movies: Boy's parents leave him at home by himself, bad guys break in, boy nearly destroys the house in an attempt to foil their plans. A few things change here, like the presence of Finn's sister and the outside help he gets from a man he met through online gaming, but it's not hard to figure where the story is going or how it will work out in the end. Of course, if kids haven't seen any of its predecessors, then they'll take particular delight in Finn's underdog story.

If you tune in with your kids, you'll be surprisingly entertained throughout, thanks to an excellent cast (including a small role for Edward Asner) and the antics of the inept crooks. You'll also notice aspects of the story that might escape your kids' attention but that offer great conversation starters about issues like balancing screen time with family time, protecting your privacy online, and, of course, staying true to the spirit of the holiday.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the media. How much time do you spend looking at screens in a day? A week? How much of your information do you get that way? In what way are computers or cell phones superior to traditional means of news? What, if any, are their drawbacks?

  • Kids: Is Finn responsible with his gaming habit? Why are his parents concerned about this hobby? Have you ever found that an interest of yours keeps you from being involved in other activities? Why is it important to strike a balance among all of your activities?

  • Do the characters always make smart decisions? What might Finn have done differently when he realized he was in real danger? Do you think his parents would have believed him if he'd told them what was going on? What are some of your family's plans for emergencies like fire, storms, or a home invasion? 

Movie details

DVD release date:October 29, 2013
Cast:Christian Martyn, Ellie Harvie, Jodelle Ferland
Director:Peter Hewitt
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Holidays
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMega-Pixel May 20, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

Don't even bother watching..

They ruined what used to be a GREAT series...
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 7 years old August 16, 2013
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5
QUALITY
 

best not counting the first 2

this isnt a tv show its a movie and so good the best not counting the first two very funny and is violent like all the home alone movies and has a ghost legend but actually there was no ghosts
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byamig0animad0 April 5, 2015
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QUALITY
 

This movie fails as a holiday film

This Film is just failure, nobody at all asked for this. This is more as a Halloween film! At least it's slightly better than the 4th film

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