Sure, “Home Alone: The Holiday Heist” makes a lot of references to the original series. The kid shaves his face and then lathers it with aftershave. But instead of screaming, he shrugs.
We get it; the film really wants to make sure it pleases all the fans of the two Macaulay Culkin blockbusters. But, by now, it’s just repetitive and boring – don’t you think?
Culkin, Joe Pesci, and all the others are not present. Of course, they haven’t been present since 1992, and Fox keeps feeling the need to capitalize on the franchise. Here, we have the Baxters, who are moving from the sunny beaches of California to the snowy roads of Maine. And the father even mentions that “you don’t see snow in California.” This guy has obviously never been to Chester, Susanville, Magalia, Paradise, or Truckee. And then he stops to smell the air and goes, “They don’t have this in California.”
It’s really unclear if the dad is a closeted idiot; this is how people in select parts of California really think; or if it’s just a dumb stereotype. Heck, he could be a combination of all three. Sure, snow isn’t in all parts of California, but some places do get it. Sure, some parts of California have very poor air quality, but some places are pretty clear.
The director, Peter Hewitt, is from England, according to his IMDb page. The writers don’t have a location listed on their pages. So now comes the question: Have these people actually been to California?
Finn and his sister are left home alone – after their parents get upset that they weren’t dressed and ready to go to a work party for the mom’s new job. So, Finn jumps around and does all the stuff Culkin did in the original. His sister just plays with her cell phone, because that’s what all teenage girls seem to do these days. And then the burglars arrive, lead by Malcolm McDowell (WHAT?!?), and the traps are set.
Ed Asner makes a guest appearance as the mom’s new boss, and he appears to be drunk the entire time. Can you blame him? This movie is a total embarrassment. McDowell just chews it up with his performance, referring to one of his partners as Ronald Reagan or “Mr. President” after some forgettable joke was said. None of the actors really make an impression here, except for the young Peter DaCunha – who plays the next door neighbor who is as obsessed with snow as Finn is with video games.