Yes, it’s another Home Alone – this one heading to Disney+, since, you know, the House of Mouse acquired 20th Century Fox.
Left home alone in franchise reboot Home Sweet Home Alone is Max, played by Jojo Rabbit‘s Archie Yates. When his parents and siblings head off to Tokyo and accidentally leave without him, Max relishes the opportunity to have fun – including re-enacting Scarface‘s cocaine mound scene, albeit with candy? The robbers this time around are married couple Pam and Jeff Fritzovski (played by Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney respectively), who are looking for a priceless heirloom. Max gears up and prepares to bring the pain.
Sure, it doesn’t look like a home run, but it nevertheless appears to be a pretty harmless imitation of the classic film, with a few differences sprinkled here and there. There’s also a big nod to the original with the inclusion of a McCallister, Devin Ratray back as Buzz, Kevin’s bully older brother who’s now a cop. The internet sure doesn’t seem happy with it (the thumbs-up-to-down ratio on Fox’s YouTube trailer is pretty indicative), making it clear that the nostalgia factor may not be working with older crowds that hold the first two Home Alones as family classics. Indeed, when the original had the lighting-in-a-bottle combo of Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern and director Chris Columbus, well, it’s an uphill climb for any team attempting to capture that magic again.
The reboot is directed by Dan Mazer, whose credits include Sacha Baron Cohen projects Da Ali G Show and Who is America?, as well as feature comedies Dirty Grandpa and I Give It a Year. The script was penned by Saturday Night Live and College Humor alums Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell.
Home Sweet Home Alone, also starring Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Tim Simons, Pete Holmes, Ally Maki, and Chris Parnell, hits Disney+ on November 12th.