Amidst his parents' impending divorce, Kevin McCallister must foil his old nemesis Marv and his wife Vera's plot to kidnap a Crown Prince despite opposition from his dad Peter, Peter's fiancee Natalie, and Natalie's butler Mr. Prescott.
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
The Home Alone franchise pumps out a fifth attempt at recapturing what the first two managed to achieve. In this sequel, the Baxter family moves into a creepy old house in which people believe may be haunted. The young Baxter child named Finn is left home alone (with his sister...) while his parents go off to some fancy Christmas party. Meanwhile, there are three thieves who want to break in to the house and try to retrieve a very expensive painting. Finn discovers their plan, and in true Home Alone fashion, sets up numerous booby traps that will no doubt lead to some bruised and battered bad guys.
Home Alone 5 does a few things well. I liked the location shots of the creepy old house, and I really liked the villains in this film. In fact, I found the most enjoyable parts where when the three thieves were on- screen. Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar and Eddie Steeples are terrific as the bumbling criminals. Everything other than that is a failure. The boy is never REALLY home alone. His sister is locked in the basement downstairs after trapping herself in the walk in vault where the expensive painting is. I did not like some of the acting from the family, and I did not like the direction they took with some of the characters. The mother is written as just some over-hyper super bitch, who doesn't seem to give a damn about her kids most of the time. It was a weird dynamic between her and the rest of the family. Oh and like every other who tried to match him, The child actor in this one is no where close to Macaulay Culkin and his performance in the original films. He isn't bad, but with these sequels you can't help but compare to the best of the best.
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist does try, a lot more than the dreadful Home Alone 4 did. However it just isn't a great movie nor does it add ANYTHING to the Home Alone franchise. I always appreciated the third film because it branched off a bit from the usual cookie-cutter plot of the previous two Home Alone films, but this one stuck to simplicity.
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