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Thursday, 7 October 2010
Home Alone 3
It's December and four thieves (Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny von Dohlen, David Thornton) have lost a valuable missile cloaking computer chip in a remote control car, which they stole for North Korean terrorists, after an old lady (Marian Seldes) accidentally picked up the case it was in at the airport. She gives it to her neighbour, eight-year-old Alex (Alex D. Linz), who is in bed with chicken pox. The kid is home alone and spots the thieves breaking into the old lady's house to find the computer chip, but they always manage to escape without trace before the cops arrive, so Alex devises a plan to lure them into a boody-trapped house.
If you found the first sequel (1992) disappointing then be prepared for even worse with this. The characters are vastly underdeveloped with no comedic qualities, making them little more than props. This is due mostly to the well below par screenplay that has no decent gags, and physical comedy/cartoon violence that is poorly choreographed and not nice or amusing to watch. The cartoon violence in the 1990 original was funny as it was original, well choreographed, and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern made it top-notch comedy. Two films later, however, it just feels like a rehash and any originality has completely gone. Also, any appeal from the bumbling bad guys doesn't work at all now that there are four instead of two. And with no McAllisters or reference to the original this film doesn't even feel it should be in the franchise.
In short, if you are thinking of getting a copy after seeing the very good original then don't bother wasting your money, I regret getting a copy.
Stars: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny von Dohlen, David Thornton, Haviland Morris, Kevin Kilner, Marian Seldes, Neil Flynn Seth Smith, Scarlett Johansson.
Golden Raspberry nomination: Worst Remake or Sequel.