Home Alone (franchise)

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Home Alone
Home Alone - official logo.jpg
Created byJohn Hughes
Original workHome Alone (1990)
Owned by20th Century Studios
(The Walt Disney Company)
Films and television
Film(s)
Short film(s)Home Alone Again with the Google Assistant (2018)
Games
Video game(s)
Audio
Soundtrack(s)Home Alone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1990)

Home Alone is a series of American Christmas family comedy films created by John Hughes. Each film is directed individually by Chris Columbus, Raja Gosnell, Rod Daniel, and Peter Hewitt. The plots revolve around children who find themselves left alone during the holiday season, faced with the challenge of defending themselves and their homes from criminals.

Films[edit]

Home Alone (1990)[edit]

Home Alone is a coming-of-age story about an 8-year-old boy named Kevin McCallister. He is the youngest of five children who is frequently tormented by his older brothers and sisters. After events transpire between him and his family, he wishes he had no family when his mother is punishing him for what he feels are unjustified reasons. She warns him to be careful what he wishes for and he ignores it. He wakes up the next day to discover he is the only one left in the house. He thinks his wish came true and that he is finally alone without his obnoxious family. In reality, he was left home by mistake. His family is en route to France for a holiday trip. While his parents realize their mistake and scramble to get back to the United States, Harry and Marv, a pair of thieves known as the "Wet Bandits", attempt to burgle the house and Kevin must foil them with a collection of homemade booby traps. They get arrested at the end of the film. The film became the highest-grossing film of 1990,[1] grossing $476,684,675 worldwide.[2] Despite a lukewarm reception from critics, it was popular with audiences. It was also nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Score for John Williams and Best Original Song for "Somewhere in My Memory", but lost to Dances with Wolves and Dick Tracy respectively. Macaulay Culkin's performance garnered him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but lost to Gérard Depardieu for his performance in Green Card.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)[edit]

Set one year after the events of the first film, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) loses track of his family at the airport to which he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in one of the largest cities in the world, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics, but when he discovers that the burglars he previously encountered are on the loose again he stops them from robbing an elderly man's toy store before Christmas.

Home Alone 3 (1997)[edit]

Home Alone 3 does not center on Kevin or any of the original cast and characters, but instead on Alex Pruitt, a young boy who is left home alone with chickenpox, but soon recovers. At the same time, four burglars working for a North Korean terrorist group are sent by their boss to retrieve a top-secret microchip that can act as a cloaking device for a missile. They succeed in retrieving it and hide it in a remote controlled car, but due to a luggage mix-up at the airport with the Pruitts' neighbor Mrs. Hess, the car lands in the hands of Alex who is given the car for shoveling the snow in her driveway. The burglars begin systematically searching every house on his street. Once they realize he has the chip, they prepare to invade his house. He devises elaborate traps and bamboozles the four crooks with the help of his pet rat, his brother's pet parrot and some intricate tripwires, all the while monitoring them with a video camera on the race car. The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Sequel, eventually losing the award to Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002)[edit]

The fourth installment was directed by Rod Daniel and premiered as a television film on ABC on November 3, 2002. This film returns to the original's main character, Kevin (played by Mike Weinberg), and one of the two Wet Bandits, Marv (played by French Stewart). Kevin's parents have separated, and he lives with his mother. He decides to go spend Christmas with his father and his rich girlfriend, Natalie, but finds himself having to deal with his old nemesis Marv, and his new sidekick wife Vera (played by Missi Pyle) who replaces Harry. It was released to Region 1 DVD on October 20, 2003. Filming began on July 29 in Melbourne. Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House is the first film in the series that was not theatrically released.

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)[edit]

On March 15, 2012, ABC Family announced the development of the fifth installment in the Home Alone series. It premiered exclusively on ABC Family's Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas on November 25, 2012.[3] The film stars Christian Martyn, Jodelle Ferland, Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar and Eddie Steeples.[4] The story centers on the Baxter family's relocation from California to Maine, where Finn becomes convinced that his new house is haunted. When his parents become stranded across town, Finn sets traps to catch his new home's ghosts, but instead proves troublesome for a group of three thieves (McDowell, Mazar, and Steeples).

Future[edit]

In August 2019, following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that a reboot of Home Alone is in development, and would premiere on the company's streaming service, Disney+ by Fox Family.[5][6] By October of the same year, Dan Mazer had entered negotiations to direct the film, with a script co-written by Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell. Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson will serve as producers. The plot is said to center around a child named Max, who faces off against a married couple after he steals something of theirs. Filming was reported to begin in the first quarter of 2020, with casting underway.[7][8] In November, it was confirmed that the film would be shot in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, taking place from February to April.[9] In December 2019, Archie Yates was cast as the new lead, with Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper cast in the roles of the new antagonists.[10] In July 2020, Ally Maki, Kenan Thompson, and Chris Parnell had joined the cast.[11]

In February 2020, it was announced that characters from the first two films including Kevin, Harry, Marv, and Buzz would be making appearances in the upcoming film.[12] In April 2020, it was reported Macaulay Culkin would return to play Kevin McCallister in the film.[13][14] By March 2020, The Walt Disney Company paused production on all their live-action feature films, including the Home Alone reboot which had begun filming in Canada, as a precaution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.[15]

Short film[edit]

Home Alone Again with the Google Assistant (2018)[edit]

In an advertisement short film titled Home Alone Again with the Google Assistant for the Google Assistant published on December 19, 2018, Macaulay Culkin reprised his Home Alone role as Kevin McCallister. The ad recreates scenes from the original 1990 film, where Kevin shaves his face, jumps on his parents bed, and decorates a Christmas tree all while asking the Google Assistant to set reminders for him. The advertisement quickly went viral.[16][17] Ralph Foody, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern also appear in their Home Alone roles via archival footage and audio.[18]

Cast and crew[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

Key
  • A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
  • A V indicates the actor or actress lent only his or her voice for his or her film character.
Character Films
Home Alone Home Alone 2:
Lost in New York
Home Alone 3 Home Alone 4:
Taking Back the House
Home Alone:
The Holiday Heist
Untitled sixth film
Kevin McCallister Macaulay Culkin Michael Weinberg Macaulay Culkin
Harry Lime Joe Pesci TBA
Marv Merchants Daniel Stern French Stewart TBA
Peter McCallister John Heard Jason Beghe
Kate McCallister Catherine O'Hara Clare Carey
Buzz McCallister Devin Ratray Gideon Jacobs TBA
Megan McCallister Hillary Wolf Chelsea Russo
Linnie McCallister Angela Goethals Maureen Elizabeth Shay
Jeff McCallister Michael C. Maronna
Uncle Frank McCallister Gerry Bamman
Aunt Leslie McCallister Terrie Snell
Fuller McCallister Kieran Culkin
Rod McCallister Jedidiah Cohen
Tracy McCallister Senta Moses
Sondra McCallister Daiana Campeanu
Brooke McCallister Anna Slotky
Old Man Marley Roberts Blossom
Gus Polinski John Candy
Heather McCallister Kristin Minter
Mitch Murphy Jeffrey Wiseman
Mr. Hector Tim Curry
Pigeon Lady Brenda Fricker
Cedric Rob Schneider
E.F. Duncan Eddie Bracken
Alex Pruitt Alex D. Linz
Peter Beaupre Olek Krupa
Earl Unger David Thornton
Burton Jernigan Lenny von Dohlen
Alice Ribbons Rya Kihlstedt
Karen Pruitt Haviland Morris
Mrs. Hess Marian Seldes
Parrot Darren T. KnaussV
FBI Agent Stuckey Christopher Curry
Stan Pruitt Seth Smith
Molly Pruitt Scarlett Johansson
Jack Pruitt Kevin Kilner
Vera Merchants Missi Pyle
Mr. Prescott Erick Avari
Molly Barbara Babcock
Natalie Joanna Going
Finn Baxter Christian Martyn
Alexis Baxter Jodelle Ferland
Sinclair Malcolm McDowell
Jessica Debi Mazar
Mr. Hughes Eddie Steeples
Catherine Baxter Ellie Harvie
Curtis Baxter Doug Murray
Simon Hassler Bill Turnball
Mason Peter DaCunha
Mr. Carson Edward Asner
Max Archie Yates
TBA Rob Delaney
Ellie Kemper
Angels with Filthy Souls / Filthier Souls characters[a]
Gangster Johnny Ralph Foody
Snakes Michael Guido
Carlotta Clare Hoak

Additional crew & production details[edit]

Film Crew/Detail
Composer Cinematographer Editor(s) Production
companies
Distributing
companies
Home Alone John Williams Julio Macat Raja Gosnell Hughes Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox
20th Century Fox
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Home Alone 3 Nick Glennie-Smith Bruce Green
Malcolm Campbell
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House Teddy Castellucci Peter Benison John Coniglio
Michael A. Stevenson
Fox Television Studios
20th Century Fox Television
Disney–ABC Domestic Television
American Broadcasting Company
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist David Kitay John Coniglio Original Pictures
Fox Television Studios
Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit
ABC Family
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Untitled sixth film TBA Mitchell Amundsen TBA 20th Century Studios
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Disney+

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
United States International Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Home Alone November 16, 1990 $285,761,243 $190,923,432 $476,684,675 #38 (#36(A)) #68 $18 million [19]
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York November 20, 1992 $173,585,516 $185,409,334 $358,994,850 #137 (#138(A)) #151 $20 million[citation needed] [20][21]
Home Alone 3 December 12, 1997 $30,882,515 $48,200,000 $79,082,515 #1,807 N/A $32 million [22]
Total $490,229,274 $424,532,766 $914,762,040 $70 million
List indicator(s)
  • A grey cell with N/A indicates information is Not Available.
  • (A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Home Alone 65% (54 reviews)[23] 63 (9 reviews)[24] A[25]
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 33% (54 reviews)[26] N/A A-[25]
Home Alone 3 29% (24 reviews)[27] N/A B+[25]
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House N/A (2 reviews)[28] N/A N/A
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist N/A (1 review)[29] N/A N/A

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Home Alone (1991)[edit]

Home Alone was released in 1991 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Amiga, MS-DOS, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Game Boy. The purpose of the game is to escape the Wet Bandits while bringing all the McCallister's fortunes from the house down to the safe room in the basement. Once all items have been sent down the chute to the basement Kevin must make it past rats, bats, and ghosts he encounters in the basement, then fight the spider king so he can make it to the safe room to lock away all his families riches.

Home Alone 2 (1992)[edit]

Home Alone 2 was released on the Super NES, NES, and Game Boy in 1992, and the PC, Sega Genesis, and NES in 1993. Though it is based on the film in terms of plot and additional dialogue, the game was different from the film. The NES port uses sound effects from the early 1990s Simpsons games; Bart vs. the Space Mutants for example. The Super NES version, while boasting a soundtrack with the Super NES traditionally realistic sounding instrument synth, suffered due to slightly post-8-bit graphics and sound effects, as well as a disjointed feel of incontinuity between stages. The game got negative reception from Electronic Gaming Monthly.[30]

Home Alone (2006)[edit]

Home Alone is an action game based on the first film and released in Europe only.[31][32] The game was published by Blast! Entertainment Limited and released for the PlayStation 2 on December 1, 2006.[32] The game features 10 levels, each taking place inside a house. The player chooses from one of four playable characters: Carl, Carly, Kelly or Kevin. The player's goal is to use objects to defeat burglars attempting to break into the house. The game includes a two-player option.[31]

See also[edit]

Bushwhacked is a 1995 film starring Daniel Stern that was originally conceived as a spin off film to the Home Alone franchise.

Related film[edit]

In July 2018, it was announced that Ryan Reynolds was attached to produce Stoned Alone, an R-rated movie inspired by Home Alone. Augustine Frizzell will serve as director, with a script written by Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider based on the story concept by Fox Executive, Matt Reilly. The project will be a joint-venture production under Reynolds' Fox-based Maximum Effort Productions, while George Dewey serving as an executive producer.[33] The premise of the proposed project was stated as 'reminiscent of the hallowed comedy classic'. The plot centers around a weed-growing 'loser' who misses his plane for a holiday skiing trip. He decides to get high, and as the paranoia side-effects set in, he believes he hears a break-in. As he discovers thieves have broken into his home, fully stoned and fueled by the weed, he tries to 'defend his castle'.

By August 2018, Frizzell stated that the script was being tweaked in order to enhance the emotional Christmas-side of the story, with the goal being to have Stoned Alone feel as much like the original Home Alone films as possible, noting how important it was as a fan of the films and Chris Columbus it was to get the story right. She stated that production will not begin, until everyone involved feels like they've reached that point.[34]

Other appearances[edit]

Macaulay Culkin appears in three of the five episodes of the Jack Dishel online web series :DRYVRS, in which he portrays a fictional version of his Kevin McCallister character who is PTSD-riddled as a result of the events of Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and an unseen third encounter.[35]

In response to Culkin's appearance, Daniel Stern reprised his role as Marv in a short video titled Home Alone Wet Bandit Resurfaces and Responds to Kevin McCallister’s Threatening Video published on December 24, 2015, in which he sends his old partner in crime, Harry Lime, a plea for help about McCallister hunting down other robbers, promising to return to help him defend himself against Kevin's traps.[36]

In the 2019 film Detective Pikachu, the lead character Tim Goodman (played by Justice Smith) enters his father's apartment and discovers the TV on with the movie Angels with Filthy Souls playing on it. Regarding its inclusion, director Rob Letterman stated, "Truth be told, we were just looking for the perfect placeholder...Mark Sanger, our editor, dropped it in, and it just fit perfectly."[37]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ At a couple points in the series, Kevin is seen watching an in-universe series of black-and-white Gangster films known as Angels with Filthy Souls and Angels with Even Filthier Souls respectively. Ralph Foody portrays the main character Johnny in both in-universe films and is the only character to appear alongside the McCallisters and the Wet Bandits in the first two Home Alone films.

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