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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1997 / Director: Raja Gosnell / Actors: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa ... / DVD released 06 November, 2006 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen

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      03.12.2009 01:31
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      Miss it.

      When I asked to watch a Christmas film, I thought "yes! Home Alone 2!" I love the scenes in New York. My partner had other ideas. Home Alone 3 is apparently much more festive (they don't mention Christmas), much funnier (I think not) and much shorter than HA1 and HA2 (I'll give him that, it saved me 20 mins of my life).

      It wasn't as bad as I'm making out, but you can't make a home alone film without Maculey Culkin - he IS Home Alone.

      The kid in this was by a great little actor, he was great throughout, but I felt they tried to make him like Kevin from HA1&2 but called him Alex. The mean brother and sister (a mini Scarlett Johanssen) didn't fit in like Buzz from HA1&2 and they made the Mum look identical to Kevins Mum - why? if it isn't Kevin? ho hum.

      The crooks weren't as mean or as thick as HA1&2 and I found it all a bit silly humour, whereas I think its that well done in HA1&2 you see past the daft bits and there are genuinely funny parts in them, this one, not so much.

      The story is of Alex, he is home sick with the chicken pox and he sees burglars in other peoples houses through his telescope. Turns out they are looking for a chip which he has by mistake - none of the parent/police believe him so he sets traps for when the burglars come to his house. Cue lots of paint, glue and kid using power tools (!).

      The film quality is ok, no amazing special effects, average, predictable story, good acting by the kid, not so great by the grown ups(except the old lady).

      Give it a miss, I certainly wouldn't watch it in place of HA1&2.

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        20.09.2009 02:45
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        Triple dipping by now

        note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

        The first two Home Alone films were very successful, in large part due to the charm of Macaulay Culkin in the lead role of Kevin McAllister, a young kid tasked with fending off two crafty bandits, Harry and Marv, as they attempt to rob his house. This time around, though, Culkin is nowhere to be found, nor are Daniel Stern or Joe Pesci as the villains, and so this is a very different beast. Whilst nowhere near as bad as the awful fourth film, most of the charm is sadly gone, and this is a pretty trite and shameless cash-in.

        The film revolves around Peter Beaupre (Olek Krupa), who leads a band of thieves that have smuggled a microchip through customs by storing it inside a remote control car. However, at the airport, Mrs. Hess (Marian Seldes), who lives near Alex, takes the bag with it in by accident, causing them to come to her neighbourhood in search of the car. She, however, unwittingly gives it to Alex, unaware that this causes the thieves to then target him. With his parents out for the day, he's going to have to defend himself, and does so by building numerous crazy traps and generally fooling the baffoonish baddies.

        This is a highly derivative cash-in that lacks the magic of the previous films for sure, but it's not terrible, and certainly not the disaster that was the fourth film. It just is uninspired and not very entertaining, although at least tolerable and not terribly painful to watch. A shame for the kid star who actually himself wasn't that bad in it.

        This film was highly unnecessary, and with an entirely new cast, it really suffers. This shouldn't have been made by any means, but it wasn't as bad as I expected.

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        02.06.2009 15:12

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        It is a good film still just not as good as the expectations.

        Home Alone 3 is the third installment of the Home Alone series and I couldn't wait to watch this film. It was originally released on DVD in Novemember 2006 which makes it relatively new. I couldn't help but feel slightly disappointed however with the overall quality of the movie. Granted I did have very high expectations from the film but I just didn't think it was as good. This was partly because of the actors such as Alex D. Linz and Olek Krupa who were good but they weren't nearly as good as the actors in the previous series. I did however like the story line and it was very funny at times but as I said, the overall quality of the production was not quite as good.

        Home Alone 3 is a movie about a boy named Alex who stays at home because he feels sick. Four terrorists are sent on a mission to attain a microchip that can be used to activate a missile. They manage to get the microchip and end up putting it on a remote control car. However, the baggae gets mixed up and Alex gets this toy car and he eventually relises the situation and attempts to set various traps to keep these terrorists out of his house. I really did like how the film had a different story line to the original but kept the same concept. I did find it exciting to watch also so on that front I would recommend it.

        I did very much enjoy some parts of the film however, and I would still recommend this film to any Home Alone fans. Although I will just warn you that I felt it was a dissapointment and an antimclimax when comapred with the previous films. The film is available for even less than £4 however on Amazon so you cannot really go wrong with at least trying it. I did like the soundtrack though and I have spoken to many people who really enjoyed it so it is well worth watching for some home entertainment.

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        04.01.2009 11:36

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        A Comedy Movie Which You Will Enjoy With Your Family

        Home Alone 3 is not as good as Home Alone 1 and 2, but it is still a good movie,not great by any means.The worst part is,there is no Macaulay Culkin in the movie.The story is about a group of international thieves who are looking for a micro chip,the micro chip is embedded in a toy car which is with a little boy named Alex.One day Alex spots a thief in his neighborhood and calls the police but by the time police comes the thieves run away,this happens a couple of times and everyone thinks that Alex is making a fool of them,now Alex thinks of catching them on his own by recording their video on a video camera,but he is unsuccessful,Alex knows that the thieves are about to target his home for the micro chip anytime soon,so he makes a plan to tackle them.Its a good Family movie which will surely make you laugh,the direction is good and the small boy has acted well,I will surely recommend you this movie.

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        29.12.2008 22:35
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        Good film, I would recommend watching it.

        The Plot:

        The U.S Air Force has a new secret weapon - and he's only eight-years old! From comedy legend John Hughes comes the hilarious,
        action-packed hit that's "lots of fun for the entire family"

        A band of international crooks has hidden a military computer chip inside a toy car, but an airport mix-up lands it in the hands of
        whiz-kid Alex Pruitt who's home alone with the chicken pox in a quiet Chicago suburb. When the criminals zero in on Alex's house with
        their high-tech gadgetry, madness and mayhem kick into high gear as the pint-sized hero defends himself against the bumbling bad guys -
        armed with an outrageous array of ambushes and booby traps!

        My opinion:

        I assumed that this was going to be rubbish as the first two were such great films in my opinion & this has none of the original cast,
        however, I was pleasantly surprised that this was such a cracker! I would definitely recommend this as a watch for the family, as 1 & 2
        would be my recommendations also.

        Yet another classic tree house moment and lots of action packed minutes to keep you right on the edge of your seat.

        This was my least favourite of the 3 that I have watched & reviewed but is still definitely something that I would recommend watching with the family as it will give everyone a bellyful of laughs.

        It was definitely a shame that the original cast were not available but then they were made quite a while apart!

        The film running time is 98 minutes & I purchased this disc as part of a family fun pack box set (All 4) for £10.00 from HMV.

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          06.12.2008 17:55

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          A good film for fans of the series.

          This film is nowhere near as good as the other two in the series. It contains no originality and the story is silly.

          In the film, Kevin, played by a new actor, has to take on a group of international terrorist. He has to act quickly to save the world. Will he suceed, or will he fail?

          The cast is rubbish, they just don't deliver. The jokes just aren't funny and they aren't as good as the original actors.

          The picture and sound quality of the DVD is very good. The soundtrack is great.

          The film is funny in some parts but the actors don't deliver them and ruin parts of the film. The action is very good but contains nothing new. It is basically Home Alone 1 + 2 with a new setting and cast.

          The DVD extras are rubbish with only a couple of pages about the director and cast. They are not worth the extra.

          All in all, this film isn't as good as the first in the series but it is still enjoyable. It contains nothing new and the cast don't do a very good job. They don't deliver the laughs but it is still worth a watch for Home Alone fans.

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          11.08.2008 21:37
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          one to avoid, not alot happening in this movie

          Home alone 3, was a big dissappointment, and one that I didnt enjoy watching. Unfortunately, Maculay caulkin had grown up so they had to have new kid as the main role, and yes he is very cute but im afraid he didnt live up the maculay caulkin, but who would!

          The story was also really lame, and i didnt find the robbers particularly funny, the plot seemed poor and nothing like the first two home alones. There was a silly remote control car that featured in the film as it supposdely had a chip that the robbers wanted, highly ridiculous, and this and everything was completely silly and just didnt work.

          I laughed occassionally in this film, but if you are after anything like the first two home alones, then dont expect to much from this film. It was really dissappointing, and i'd have to give it only 3 stars.

          I think, they should have stopped at the second movie, as this was a very dissappointing film, that lacked imagination and laughter like the other films had.

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            05.10.2005 17:52
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            The Film and Nothing But.

            I first brought this film at Christmas and have only just got around to watching it. Actually when I switched it on and put the disk into my DVD player I thought who the hell is ALEX D.LINZ? Then I thought hold on they have changed the cast around for this film.


            Anyway enough of my babbling on. On with the review. Please don't forget to go easy on me as this is the first review I have written in months.


            Cast:
            Alex D. Linz.... Alex Pruitt (Little Terror)
            Olek Krupa.... Peter Beaupre (Criminal)
            Rya Kihlstedt.... Alice Ribbons (Criminal)
            Lenny von Dohlen.... Burton Jernigan (Criminal)
            David Thornton.... Earl Unger (Criminal)
            Haviland Morris.... Karen Pruitt (Accountant)
            Kevin Kilner.... Jack Pruitt (Family Man)
            Marian Seldes .... Mrs. Hess (Chimney Smoker)
            Seth Smith .... Stan Pruitt (Parrot Lover)
            Scarlett Johansson .... Molly Pruitt (Homework Cheat)

            The names in brackets are my nicknames for them. They best fit the description that I have given them.

            What is the film about?

            The film is about a little boy who intercepts a top secret electronic device that belongs to a North-Korean terrorist group. They lost the chip (NSB-100 C Series) at the airport after Mrs. Hess picks up the wrong bag. She travels back to Chicago with a remote controlled car. Inside the remote controlled car lied the chip (NSB-100 C Series). She gives it to Alex Pruitt as payment for shoveling her driveway.
            When Alex gets home he see's some spots. He has been diagnosed with the chicken-pocks. He has to stay at home for the whole week. Unfortunately for his parents a new family has moved onto the block. They are the ones looking for the chip (NSB-100 C Series). They search 1 house a day. There are only 15 houses on the block.


            On the first day they burgle the first house. Alex spots the man in the Murphy's house. He calls 911 and the police come. The police claim that there was no one in the house.


            On the second day they burgle the second house. Alex spots the man in Mrs. Hess's house. Alex calls 911 and calls the police out again. The man is still in the house when the police go onto the driveway of Mrs. Hess. They smash down the door and they find nothing again.


            I won't tell you people what happened on the second day as it will spoil the ending. The ending is the best bit so you will have to buy it to see what happens next. I will not be responsible for leading you people into a state of silence.


            Anyway what do I think about the film? That's a really funny question. I have only watched it once and I thought it was totally hilarious. The actors and actresses gelled really well from the quality of the film. Unfortunately it doesn't come close to the first two films. Home Alone 1 and 2 (Lost in New York)

            Anyway thats what i thought of it. Not better than the first two but i think that you can never beat a good old culkin movie.

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              05.08.2001 22:46
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              This film was good but was not as good as Home Alone 1 and 2. Before I saw this film I thought it would be a bit dull with out the leading boy (Kevin) whom we all know and love from the previous two films, I was right. Thought the film you can see that they have tried to bring the Home Alone films back to life by the parents leaving their son, Alex at home and then he has a mini war with the baddies whom have also changed and have gained two more people. The film gets off to a boring start but does get better. In this film Alex is left at home because he has chicken pox and the four baddies are prowling round Alex's neighbourhood looking for their air force computer chip which was hidden in a toy car and given to Alex by mistake. Soon alex finds out what the baddies want and sets up many traps in his home which ruin his house but who cares! In the end you probally can guess what happens to the baddies if you have seen the other Home alone films. Overall this film is not as good as its previous films because no one can take the place of Kevin, Harry and Marv.

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                20.10.2000 23:26

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                Home Alone 3 is an okay family movie, but it's not the same as Home Alone 1 & 2 were. First of all when you bring in a new lead actor in the 3rd film, it's not gonna be the same type of movie, because the kid is different and most importantly the bad guys are different. I mean how dumb do these bad guys have to be when they chase a remote control car and they can't catch up to it. At least in Home Alone 1 & 2 the plans were more believeable and fun to watch. If you are planning on buying this film, please don't as there are alot of films that are better than this.

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                27.08.2000 04:17
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                I had my doubts when I first saw Home Alone 3, first it had been about 5 years since the last home alone had been released, and second it did not have any of the original cast. I thought it would probably be a cheap knock off to make more money.But I found out quickly that I was wrong and that it was the best one yet. The reason I like this is the characters are a lot better. The parents and the rest of the family aren't complete idiots like Kevin’s, come on you have to be pretty stupid parents to leave your kid at home on a family vacation. And Kevin just had two bumbling burglars to smite, While Alex has four villains to smack down and they are after more then his VCR. Also his parents are the typical modern day parents who are to busy with there jobs to stay home with him while he has the chicken pox. The story goes like this terrorists have stolen a top-secret microchip, If install on a missile it will be undetectable to any anti-missile defense. The terrorists hide it in a place where no one would think of looking for it, in a kid’s RC cars. When a bag mix up at the air-port it winds up in the hands of little Alex Pruitt who happens to be home with the chicken pox. The Crooks have trace the chip to his neighborhood but don’t know which house it is in so they begin a frantic search of the neighborhood breaking into house after house in the middle of the day. Alex being about the only one home in the neighborhood during the day catches them but seeing how the villains are so good at being thieves and seeing how they leave everything untouched nobody believes Alex. When Alex finds the chip in the remote control car he knows that’s what the crooks are after. Meanwhile the 4 terrorist have track down the chip to his house and already have plans on searching the house. Luckily Alex knows this and why his parents and gone to work he is going to be busy building booby traps that put
                Kevin Macallsters traps to shame. Alex has his work cut out for him with 4 bad guys planing on breaking into his house, he is going to have to create 4 times the mayhem, Which means 4 times the laughs for you. This is the best home alone yet, not only is it funnier it also has better characters in it to. I suggest that you at least rent this one. Macaulay Culkin isn't in this one but it is still good though. Myself and my kids enjoyed this last one in this trio.

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                12.08.2000 10:07
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                If it wasn't a Home Alone film it would be okay but, dislike him you may, there is no substitute for McCauly Caulkin's cheeky little face and the avid persistance of Joe Pesci. The kid left alone theme wears a little bit thin but the children like it. Personally, I find there is something endearing about Home Alone 1 and 11 but, sorry, this film just does nothing for me. I doubt I would ever want to watch Home Alone 4 should they ever make one.

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