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Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Family | TV Movie 25 November 2012
Finn Baxter sets up booby traps to catch the ghost of his new home's former occupant, only to discover he must protect the house and his sister from three bumbling art thieves.

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Peter Hewitt
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Martyn ... Finn Baxter
Eddie Steeples ... Mr. Hughes
Jodelle Ferland ... Alexis Baxter
Doug Murray ... Curtis Baxter
Ellie Harvie ... Catherine Baxter
Debi Mazar ... Jessica
Malcolm McDowell ... Sinclair
Edward Asner ... Mr. Carson
Adriana O'Neil ... Gabby Marano
Peter DaCunha ... Mason
Bill Turnbull ... Simon
Gordon Tanner Gordon Tanner ... Police Captain
Bryan Terrell Clark ... SWAT Commander (as Bryan Clark)
Chris Sigurdson Chris Sigurdson ... Clerk
Pamela Iveta Pamela Iveta ... Policewoman
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Storyline

Finn Baxter and his family move from California to Maine to their new house. Finn is terrified, and believes the house is haunted. While he sets up traps to catch the "ghost", his parents get stranded across town, and Finn is home alone with his sister. Their house is targeted by three thieves. Written by vhavnal

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Comedy | Crime | Family

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Home Alone 5: Alone in the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Only film in the franchise, to feature an African-American villain. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when the 2 children are throwing snow at each other, you can clearly see that the ground is covered in a white sheet and not snow. See more »

Quotes

Finn Baxter: [jumping on the couch, screaming] I am jumping on the jumper.
Alexis Baxter: [upstairs, painting her toe nails] I don't care!
Finn Baxter: [mixing sweets into a blender and drinking the finished drink, screaming] I'm eating junk food!
Alexis Baxter: [lying in her bed upstairs, screaming] I don't care!
Finn Baxter: [kicked a lamp with a soccer ball, screaming] I broke a lamp!
Alexis Baxter: [upstairs on her bed, looking at her laptop screen, with her feet up] I can't hear you. And I don't care.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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O Tannenbaum
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Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Anschütz
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It's surprisingly quite good...
7 December 2012 | by TheScarecrowSee all my reviews

This film copped a bad wrap when it was announced due to Home Alone 4 ("Home Alone: Taking Back The House"). That film may be the worst film ever made. This is actually quite good. It's at least as good as, if not better than, Home Alone 3. It doesn't come close to capturing the first two Home Alone movies, but for what it is, it's actually worth watching.

A lot of people ask "Why was this made?". It was made, like all movies, to be entertainment. It does its job there. In addition to main "kid" (Christian Martyn) of the film, there is Finn's younger neighbour (Peter DaCunha)and his older sister (Jodelle Ferland). All of them are well cast and avoid the "annoying kid syndrome" that plagues so many movies. The parents. DaCunha is particular good and had me laughing every time he was on screen.

This time there are three thieves (Malcom McDowell, Debi Mazar and Eddie Steeples). All three are good. They don't make the impact of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern by any means, but compared to the unmemorable thieves in Home Alone 3 and the god-awful French Stewart in Home Alone 4 (to be fair Missi Pyle was the ONLY good thing about that movie), the three do really well.

The parents (Ellie Harvey and Doug Murray) are a bit annoying but have their funny moments, the mum in particular. The movie is surprisingly well-directed and avoids many TV movie pitfalls. Only a few times did it feel "cheap", which is quite an achievement for a TV movie and one of the biggest faults of the fourth movie. The story isn't bad for one of these films and manages to capture the basic structure of a Home Alone film without copying it.

It's not the most brilliant film you've ever watched, but no one expects it to be. For me, it was a surprise how good this was. It made me nostalgic, having grown up with the originals, and I think kids would really dig it.

It does what it sets out to do quite well and manages to be entertaining. Definitely worth a look.


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