Nothing says “we’re ready for the holiday season” like a late autumn screening of Home Alone, the 1991 Christmas classic that brought Looney Tunes level cartoon sadism into the world of live-action film. (What is wrong with us?) Good taste and psychological issues aside, this year the beloved movie gets its long-awaited reboot (it's taken decades to find a kid as cute as Macaulay Culkin was). The new version features a comedically talented cast including The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, the hilarious Rob Delaney, and Archie Yates (of JoJo Rabbit fame). The first trailer has just dropped and it lands like an exercise ball dropped from a second-storey window onto a trampoline (translation: we like it).
Just like in the original, ten-year-old Max’s family has planned a winter holiday vacation, taking off to Tokyo with aunts, uncles, cousins, and everyone else in tow — everyone except Max.
From the first trailer, it seems as though the story sticks close to the original John Hughes screenplay (yes, the man who Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club also wrote Home Alone). Like Kevin McCallister, Max doesn’t allow his newfound freedom to go to waste. He eats all the candy and engages in all the wild, semi-dangerous behaviour that would parents never approve of (see: the trampoline/exercise ball stunt). It’s basically a kid’s dream until two not-so-hardened criminals attempt to break into the home to retrieve a pricey heirloom.
Cue: billiard balls to the cranium and a ten-year-old repeatedly and painfully outwitting a pair of lawbreaking adults. No word yet on whether MicroMachines will make a comeback.
Home Sweet Home Alone also stars Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Tim Simons, Pete Holmes, Ally Maki, Chris Parnell, and an Easter egg cameo from Devin Ratray who played big brother Buzz McCallister in the original movie. The reboot makes its debut on Disney+ on November 12.
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