Honest Movie Review: ‘Home Alone 3’ Much More Thrilling Than the First 2, Just Less Classic (But the 4th Is an Absolute Turd)

Deep into 1997’s Home Alone 3, Alex Pruitt (Alex D. Linz) tells his pet rat, Doris, “No matter how old they are, no matter how big they are, they can’t beat me here. They can’t beat me at home.” In addition to international terrorists, Pruitt was fruitlessly battling the legacy of an invisible enemy: Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin). The third entry in the iconic franchise was the first (and only film) not to feature the McCallister family. Returning was John Hughes, who penned not a reboot or spinoff, but a unique (yet vaguely familiar) thing. However, its shortcomings prompted the studio to recast the McCallisters for its turdtastic made-for-television sequel, Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002). In this Honest Movie Review, we look at how Home Alone 3, while lacking the hallmarks of a classic, was much more than thrilling than the first two. 

Cover Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

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