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Macaulay Culkin refused to do this film simply because he'd grown tired of the role and felt that there was nothing else he could've done with it.
The first major role for Scarlett Johansson.
Originally it was planned to film both Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and 'Home Alone 3' back to back.
The only film of the series which was not directed by Chris Columbus or featured music by John Williams.
This was the final film of John Hughes' five picture contract with Twentieth Century-Fox, to write, produce or direct after the success of the original Home Alone (1990). He wrote and produced Dutch (1991), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Baby's Day Out (1994), Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and Home Alone 3 (1997).
The directorial debut of Raja Gosnell, who previously edited Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
Considering that Home Alone 4 (2002) and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012) were both made for television , Home Alone 3 was the last film of the series to be released theatrically.
This is the only Home Alone film that actually takes place *after* Christmas.
The role of Alex was a coveted one, with over 100 kids trying out for the part. Alex D. Linz won the part, beating another child star, Philip Petrie, who had also tried out for the part of Sammy in One Fine Day (1996), a role taken by Alex D. Linz.
The original concept involved Macaulay Culkin's character, Kevin McCallister, returning as a teenager. However, the plan was scrapped as Culkin dropped out of acting three years earlier as he thought he was outgrowing "childish" roles.
A rare positive review came from Chicago film critic Roger Ebert, whom on his TV show At the movies with Siskel and Ebert called the film better than the first one, Gene Siskel nearly fell off his chair in disbelief at this remark.
The film is completely independent of the original movies. There no mention of Kevin or the MacAllisters. The only link to the original 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.
At one stage the script was considered being filmed as a television pilot, but in the end the studio decided to go ahead and make it as a feature film. The reverse would later happen with Home Alone 4 (2002), which was originally intended to be a stand-alone TV movie, but was restructured during production to serve as a pilot for a TV series that ultimately never went ahead.
Haviland Morris who plays Alex D. Linz' mother in the film is a natural redhead along with Scarlett Johansson who plays her daughter in the film. Catherine O'Hara, who played Macaulay Culkin's mother in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), also had red hair: a tribute to the the original films.
Olek Krupa, Marian Seldes, Haviland Morris, Lenny von Dohlen and David Thornton featured in the film, have all performed on Broadway and at one time or another have been frequent guest stars on the NBC series Law & Order (1990) and its spinoffs.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The scene in the garage where Jernigan sees a pair of legs dangling out of the storage attic and he pulls on them which are actually the legs of a dummy attached to a lawn mower starter which starts and falls through the door onto Jernigan was derived from the novelization of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) in which the exact same incident happens to Marv when he's searching the garage for Kevin.

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