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Home Alone 3 (1997)

Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.

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Four high-tech industrial spies, Beaupre, Alice, Jernigan and Unger, steal a top-secret microchip, and, to fool customs, hide it in a remote-control toy car. Through a baggage mix-up at the airport, grumpy old Mrs.Hess gets the toy and gives it to her neighbor, 8-year-old Alex. Spies want to get the toy back before their clients get angry and decide to burglarize every house at Alex's street to find the chip. But Alex is prepared for their visit... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for slapstick violence, language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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12 December 1997 (USA)  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,085,482 (USA) (14 December 1997)

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$30,882,515 (USA)
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Trivia

The film is completely independent of the first two movies. There is no mention of Kevin, nor the McCallisters. The only link to Home Alone (1990) or Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), is the Chicago suburbs, where the original film takes place, Mr. Jernigan getting his region hit by a crowbar, and a portion of John Williams' score during the beginning credits. Marv and Harry were not mentioned either. See more »

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When the police arrive for the first time, they kick down a door that instantly triggers the burglar alarm. This setting can only be used if someone is home while the system is armed, otherwise it must go through a "countdown" to allow the owner to disarm the system. See more »

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Molly: [pushing the office door closed to stop Agent Stucky] The 'it' you're referring to, is my little brother!
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Severely under-rated sequel.
1 January 2007 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Home Alone 3 has a lot of unfair criticism. I mean, how many of you would really have wanted a 16-year-old Mac Culkin doing the same-old same-old to Harry and Marv. Of course it was a better idea to do in a different direction and with John Hughes still producing and writing you know there's going to be a good amount of imagination and creativity.

This time around we have 8-year-old Alex Pruitt defend his house against international criminals. Stuck at home with Chicken Pox with both his parents tied-up in work matters, Alex suspects foul play on his snowy street when he witnesses strangers poking around in his neighbor's house. Of course, no one believes an imaginative 8-year-old so he has to deal with them himself.

It turns out that a toy car Alex got from the old-lady across the street is actually a Trojan horse to smuggle a priceless defence microchip to the North Korean mob. They really ought to hire better criminals as they fall for every one of Alex's sadistic booby-traps.

Yes, that is basically the whole plot but it gets enough mileage out of it and it's still very funny. Set in January, it lacks the Xmas feel of the first two, but I guess that would have just been a distraction. John Williams' theme only gets a brief recital at the start, but from then on it's an adequate (if not exceptional) score from Hans Zimmer pal Nick Glennie-Smith. Despite these key differences of characters and theme, it still feels like it has enough continuity with the others.

It's a totally worthwhile and enjoyable sequel that has a bad rep for no reason. Home Alone 4 on the other hand...now THAT is BAD!


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