Home Sweet Home Alone is an enjoyable and sweet holiday film for a new generation of Home Alone franchise fans. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Disney+’s Home Sweet Home Alone is dropping on the streaming service this Friday, November 12th. The film is an a new comedy straight out of the beloved Home Alone franchise and will be a welcomed addition to your holiday viewing collection. Complete with an all-star cast starring Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2); this is one kids will enjoy as well as adults! Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Home Sweet Home Alone Parents Guide
Max Mercer (Archie Yates) is a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays. So when a married couple attempting to retrieve a priceless heirloom set their sights on the Mercer family’s home, it is up to Max to protect it from the trespassers…and he will do whatever it takes to keep them out. Hilarious hijinks of epic proportions ensue, but despite the absolute chaos, Max comes to realize that there really is no place like home sweet home.
Home Sweet Home Alone Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Home Sweet Home Alone.
Language: Home Sweet Home Alone has mild language but does contain some lookout words, including: cr*p, boobie, brat, stupid, and ugly.
Mature Content: The film’s biggest lookout is the violent content it contains. If you have ever watched the movie Home Alone, much of the violent content is on the same lines as it is in Home Sweet Home Alone. There are scenes contains adults put in dangerous situations in a booby-trapped home. Characters are shot with billards balls, set on fire, almost crushed by a chandelier. There is a scene in which characters are put in harms way by crashing their car into a light pole and almost drowning in a pool frozen over with ice and snow. There is no nudity but some potty humor and a man’s pants fall down and he is shown in his boxers.
Home Sweet Home Alone doesn’t pretend to be something it is not, more “sequel-ish” than a sequel to the Home Alone movie franchise, and it does not hide from its predecessor. In fact, the film often pokes fun at itself, and there are many Easter Eggs from the original film peppered throughout this one. One being the casting of Home Alone OG Devin Ratray, who plays Kevin’s brother Buzz in both films. Even the famous clip from the original film, which sparked Kevin’s tag line, “…ya filthy animal,” also found its way into Home Sweet Home Alone in an entertaining and unique way. One of the best parts of the new film is the nostalgia it brings to fans of the original 1990 film, and the new memories it will create for a new generation to enjoy.
Archie Yates plays the lead role of Max Mercer and does a terrific job channeling his inner Kevin, sometimes a little too well. It was obvious Yates had a blast on set with the pranks and antics. Having first made his big screen acting debut in Jojo Rabbit, and more recently voicing Wolfboy in AppleTV+’s Wolfboy And The Everything Factory, Yates is proving his versatility and acting skills once again in Home Sweet Home Alone. While it has been over 30 years since Home Alone premiered, and modern life is extremely different since the original film debuted, the film handles today’s technology in a clever, believable, and unexpected way.
The rest of the cast, particularly Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper, who play the jinxed burglars, each had their moment to shine and get beaten onscreen. Kemper and Delaney took their beatings well and gave it their everything with the physical demands their roles required of them. They spoke about doing their own stunts in a recent press junket for the film, and after watching the torture they were put through, it is quite impressive. I can’t think of a better pair to pull off the physical comedy required by the roles.
Home Sweet Home Alone is not a perfect film by any means. The film takes a while to pick up speed, which can deter a younger audience, but once the antics begin, the fun doesn’t stop. And while I thought they did a great job connecting this to other films in the franchise, some people are put off by anything that isn’t the first 2 entries, and thus will likely skip this one entirely. Those that choose to watch this with their children will likely have fond memories of the classic, all the while engaging in a fun film with them. Running around 90 minutes long, it is a good length for the entire family to enjoy, and viewers won’t become tired of the pranks bestowed upon Pam and Jeff (Kemper and Delaney). After all, isn’t that why we all tune in to ‘Home Alone’ anything?