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Home Sweet Home Alone

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Franchise returns with slapstick violence played for laughs.

Movie PG 2021 93 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 8+

Not the worst remake!

I went into watching this movie knowing that it wouldn’t be able to top the original Home Alone (of course!) However, I was still a little disappointed with some of the aspects of it. I found myself really annoyed with Max, the protagonist, for most of the movie. He was very spoiled and whiny at times, which frustrated me and made it hard for me to watch him “defend” his house from the “burglars.” I understand that this movie isn’t meant to be an exact remake of the original Home Alone, but that just didn’t work that well for me. Since we knew the intention of the “burglars,” it was hard for me to watch them get beat up by the kid. I felt sympathy for them and found myself cringing the more they got beat up. I do have to say that I like the ending of it! It was very sweet and heartwarming. I also enjoyed seeing Devin Ratray’s character, Buzz, from the original Home Alone make an appearance as the cop. Overall, for a remake, it is pretty entertaining! If you want a Christmas movie that is newer to watch and is also family friendly, then this would be a good option.
age 9+

Just fine but that ending?

Watched with my three children 7-11. The 7 year old had a lot of questions about the practices that were a call back to the first but very irrelevant to his world that’s he’s know for the majority of his remembering life. The 9&11 understood most of the nostalgic jokes. The ending makes no sense what do ever. I’m kind of enraged the mom just let these attempted murders be part of the family.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (32 ):

If you like seeing grown adults getting beaten, hit, pierced, set on fire, and tossed repeatedly on their backs, the Home Alone series is for you. By this point, after no fewer than five previous features in the franchise, Home Sweet Home Alone might not have much new to offer. But the characters here have a wholesomeness to them that was missing in some of the earlier films. Less home burglars and more desperate parents about to lose their own home, Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney are quite sweet as reluctant home invaders Pam and Jeff, who play Christmas songs on bells for the elderly in their spare time and apologize to inanimate objects when they run into them.

After an awkwardly paced introduction with some clunky jokes, the film picks up when the comedy becomes physical. Kemper and Delaney are believable victims with limber frames. A scene where they struggle to help each other climb a tall wall, complete with an ill-timed fart and set in slow motion to children's choir singing, is laugh-out-loud funny. Same with the sequence of hijinks Max embarks upon when he finds himself alone at home, including ironing-boarding down the stairs and building an ice cream sundae directly in his mouth. Admittedly, there's (still) something iffy about laughing along with a 10-year-old as he brutally injures adults, and some of the falls and hits feel particularly vicious. But the familiar formula has its appeal, and franchise fans will enjoy the expected echoes of earlier editions.

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