The mob is out to seal a chip that will make any missile unable to be detected by radar and therefore indestructible. After they retrieve the chip it is hidden in a toy car to hide it from security at the airport as a group of them work to get it back to their boss. At the airport their bag is picked up by an elderly woman. As they chase after her they find she lives in a rich suburb of Chicago in a house that hasn’t been shoveled.
Just down the street is the local boy who shovels her walk. She gives him the toy car that she accidently took at the airport as payment for his work. That week he ends up at home with the chicken pox. While stuck he discovers that thieves are trying to break into the house down the street… and then another house and another house… when he calls the police and is deemed a boy-who-cried-wolf he takes matters into his own hands. What will happen when he discovers that these thieves want his toy car? What could be so important that they would break into every house on the street to find?
-Genre: Christmas Family Comedy
-Creator: John Hughes
-Length: 102 minutes
-Rating: PG (mild nudity, mild violence-particularly near the end of the film, mild profanity, mild intense scenes-particularly near the end of the film)
-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Alex D. Linz, Haviland Morris, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny Von Dohlen, David Thornton, Marian Seldes, Kevin Kilner, Scarlett Johansson
-Page of Reference in RP2: 182
Review (contains spoilers):
Finally! A more believable reason for the bad guys to be after the kid! And a more believable reason the kid is at home ALONE!!!
While the general silliness and most of what really makes a John Hughes movie seems to be lacking here it’s an interesting choice for a third film. Kind of “Wait until Dark” meets “Home Alone”. It has a polish that was very indicative of later 90s films that is not seen in the first two movies.
The fact that the kid is an inventor and is super observant makes the whole set up and all the little traps he sets so much more believable. Not that Kevin in the first two movies isn’t smart but some of the stuff he comes up with (while simple and effective) seems to be something an adult would think of rather than a typical kid (like the paint cans and the kerosene on the rope in Home Alone 2). This kiddo is an inventor. He comes up with some off the wall stuff…but most of it comes from a solid science side of things…and a love of Rube Goldberg machines.
A solid film that is fun to watch with the family.