Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

2012

Action / Comedy / Crime / Family

4
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 29%
IMDb Rating 3.5 10 8655

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Debi Mazar as Jessica
Jodelle Ferland as Alexis Baxter
Malcolm McDowell as Sinclair
Edward Asner as Mr. Carson
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Reviewed by neiljones1981 5 / 10

Could have been worse.

Normally by the time a film franchise reaches it's third or fourth in its series, one can usually hear the bottom of the barrel being scraped on the soundtrack. There are exceptions to this of course, but this Home Alone film is not an exception.

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist is clearly ultra modern; a video-game obsessed child, a moody teenager and parents who, thanks to the nature of the films, end up leaving their child home alone. The first two films this was done by accident. The third film was through illness of the main character, the fourth wasn't home alone at all (technically), and this fifth one doesn't leave the main character home alone, but with his older sister. He still gets the lion's share of screen time. Add a couple of bad guys who want to break into a house for some reason, the odd booby trap here and there and we have something that sounds like Home Alone.

Macaulay Culkin unfortunately grew up over the years so the mantel of being the Home Alone boy falls to other actors. For Holiday Heist, this landed in the lap of Christian Martyn, who was also in the Snowmen film and Be My Valentine. Martyn's performance is solid here given the material he has to work with.

Film wise, I half expected this to be even worse than Home Alone 4, which set the standard so low for this franchise that it was practically buried under the ground. Thankfully it was actually better than Home Alone 4, and if Holiday Heist had had a more polished script, better bad guys and had actually left the kid home alone as opposed to being in vocal communication with his big sister through the air duct, then this could have possibly snapped at the heels of Home Alone 3. Holiday Heist doesn't get anywhere near Home Alone and Home Alone 2; I'll be surprised if any future additions to this franchise do, to be honest. Worth a watch on a movie channel around the holiday season though.

Reviewed by CuriosityKilledShawn 5 / 10

Well, it's better than 4

Back when Home Alone 4 came out, for some insane reason, I gave it an above-lukewarm review, which is a million times what it deserved as it was utterly terrible. Now, 10 years later, Fox have went back to Home Alone for a new Xmas TV movie special. It's watchable, but it ain't no classic.

Finn Baxter (and his haircut from 1994) moves into an old house in New England with his parents and older sister. He's addicted to video games and she's addicted to staring at her cell phone. Since most kids are like this nowadays I would have the preferred the unrealistic, healthy, proactive types. Kevin McCallister was a misfit, not a stereotype. Finn is a sorry reflection of today's youth.

Hidden in the basement is a prohibition era hooch bar with a priceless painting hanging on the wall. Three bumbling thieves, including Malcolm "I'll do anything for a paycheck" McDowell and the unusually attractive Debi Mazar, want to get their hands on it and plan a robbery while the parents are at some Xmas party in the mountains. Kevin...I mean Finn, defends the house with booby traps while his sister is trapped in the hooch bar.

Harry and Marv were the kind of idiots who made for good comedy when getting tortured. But the thieves in this movie are not really that bad, and I kinda felt that they deserved to get the painting. Why should I root for a shut-in child and his torn-faced sister? John Williams gets a 'themes by' credit but approximately 1% of his famous Home Alone score is used, and on top of that it's a bit too loud and overbearing. And since the parents are loud, reactionary idiots I saw no point in wishing for them to reunite with their kids.

Saying it is better than 4 is like saying that AIDS is better than cancer, but it makes for a pleasant, one-off addition to your Xmas movie list.

Reviewed by Toronto85 4 / 10

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

The Home Alone franchise pumps out a fifth attempt at recapturing what the first two managed to achieve. In this sequel, the Baxter family moves into a creepy old house in which people believe may be haunted. The young Baxter child named Finn is left home alone (with his sister...) while his parents go off to some fancy Christmas party. Meanwhile, there are three thieves who want to break in to the house and try to retrieve a very expensive painting. Finn discovers their plan, and in true Home Alone fashion, sets up numerous booby traps that will no doubt lead to some bruised and battered bad guys.

Home Alone 5 does a few things well. I liked the location shots of the creepy old house, and I really liked the villains in this film. In fact, I found the most enjoyable parts where when the three thieves were on- screen. Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar and Eddie Steeples are terrific as the bumbling criminals. Everything other than that is a failure. The boy is never REALLY home alone. His sister is locked in the basement downstairs after trapping herself in the walk in vault where the expensive painting is. I did not like some of the acting from the family, and I did not like the direction they took with some of the characters. The mother is written as just some over-hyper super bitch, who doesn't seem to give a damn about her kids most of the time. It was a weird dynamic between her and the rest of the family. Oh and like every other who tried to match him, The child actor in this one is no where close to Macaulay Culkin and his performance in the original films. He isn't bad, but with these sequels you can't help but compare to the best of the best.

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist does try, a lot more than the dreadful Home Alone 4 did. However it just isn't a great movie nor does it add ANYTHING to the Home Alone franchise. I always appreciated the third film because it branched off a bit from the usual cookie-cutter plot of the previous two Home Alone films, but this one stuck to simplicity.

4/10

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