Rated: PG
Release Date: 11/12/2021
Production Company: 20th Century Studios

Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Archie Yates
Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Pete Holmes
Ally Maki and Chris Parnell.

Director: Dan Mazer. Producers: Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson. Executive Producers: Screenwriter: Jeremiah Samuels. Cinematographer: Mitchell Amundsen.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

If you are looking for a little Christmas holiday fun, you might find just a little with “Home Sweet Home Alone,” the reboot of the classic 1990 movie “Home Alone” starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci.

Directed by Dan Mazer (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) and scripted by “Saturday Night Live” writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell, “Home Sweet Home Alone” doesn’t live up to the original movie because like the saying goes, ain’t nothing like the real thing.

Archie Yates, the kid from “JoJo Rabbit” is now the young boy, who has been accidently left home alone by his parents (Pete Holmes, TV’s “Crashing”) and Aisling Bea, (TV’s “This Way Up”) who are jetting off to Tokyo.

It’s most everything leading up to that moment in “Home Sweet Home Alone” that might test your patience. It all starts when Max (Yates) and his mum Carol (Bea), decide to stop at an open house so Max can use the bathroom. The plan is to pretend they are interested in buying the sprawling place from the owners Pam Fritzovski (Ellie Kemper, “The Secret Life of Pets 2”) and Jeff Fritzovski (Rob Delaney, upcoming “Mission Impossible 7”).

While Max is wandering around the house, he meets Jeff who is packing some items including a box of odd antique dolls that his mother owned. Max teases him about playing with dolls and Jeff immediately doesn’t like this kid. Jeff later finds out that one particular doll whose head is upside down is worth a fortune. Between selling the house and this doll, they could be sitting pretty financially.

Later that night when Jeff starts rummaging through the doll box, he notices that the expensive one is missing and believes Max stole it. To retrieve it, Jeff and Pam decide to break into Max’s house, but it turns into an arduous affair. This kid is a monster.

Initially, Max likes being home alone and eating, drinking, and playing to his heart’s content. When he realizes that Pam and Jeff are coming for him, he devises a bunch of elaborate traps to throw the intruders off.

Yates brings his British charm and some laughs to “Home Sweet Home Alone.” Thankfully, he has a supporting cast to ease the load, notably, Kenan Thompson who gives the movie a lift by playing an unsuspecting realtor who gets caught in the middle of some of the family antics.

At 93 minutes long, “Home Sweet Home Alone” isn’t a complete waste of time. I’d recommend watching it alongside the original “Home Alone” for maximum enjoyment.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:20 p.m. on radio station KFBK 93.1 FM and 1530 AM.

Watch This Trailer For "HOME SWEET HOME ALONE"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Book Of Numbers Title: Book Of Numbers
Year Released: 1973
Running Time: 81
Production Company: AVCO Embassy Pictures
Director: Raymond St. Jacques
Director of Photography: Gayne Rescher
Screenwriter: Raymond St. Jacques
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: As a kid growing up in San Bernardino, California, I remember this cute, curly-headed, green eyed young guy coming over my family’s house with his handyman/electrician father to do some repair work. Little did I know the shy teen would become an iconic TV star.

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