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Home Sweet Home Alone

Published November 27, 2021

Home Sweet Home Alone

Film info

  • Title Home Sweet Home Alone
  • Director Dan Mazer
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 33m
  • Genres Family, Action, Comedy
  • Tagline No parents. No problem.

Ten-year-old Max Mercer has been accidentally 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 his 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.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:03 Aisling without the Irish accent is making my head fizz.
5:18 “What a McShame.”
10:24 Little BMW ad, nice soundproofing on that car.
12:58 Snowpocalypse vs Snowmageddon.
17:40 Do security systems say ‘armed’? It’s quite aggressive.
24:28 The montage of child home alone is always fun. SO much food.
26:25 Nicely handled meta moment.
33:00 Is that one of the actual kids? No way they became a cop!
37:09 No landline!
48:52 Haha, I found the wall climbing much funnier than it had any right to be.
55:44 Booby trap montage.
1:04:47 “So hot and so cold at the same time.”
1:13:57 “I’m not ugly. My mum says I’ve got character.”
1:23:57 I really wasn’t expecting all the very technical cloud computing talk.

Thoughts

Clearly, this is an unnecessary sequel, it would be almost impossible to capture what is special about the original one/two at a push. But it had a lot of people in that I like so worth a watch, and turned out much better than I’d expected.

The biggest challenge with these movies is making the situation plausible - getting left behind is a pretty big deal so it needs to be believable. This one did a pretty good job, split flights, one parent thinking the child is with the other. I also liked that they weren’t just a big bad pair of burglars, there was another side to the story too.

But, the kid didn’t really have a lot of charisma, and I also thought the other pair went very quickly to burglary when they hadn’t even asked the kid whether he had the doll.

Ultimately entertaining, though, so no major complaints.

Rating: 3 / 5

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