20th Century Studios’ Home Sweet Home Alone premieres on Disney+ Day, November 12, 2021. Touted as an adventure comedy, does this reboot hold up to the original classic? Is Home Sweet Home Alone kid-friendly? I’m breaking down all of the thematic elements, including its PG rating, in my Home Sweet Home Alone Parents Guide and Movie Review. Here’s what parents need to know to help YOU decide if it’s appropriate for kids. As always, no spoilers!
Home Sweet Home Alone Parents Guide + Movie Review
Home Sweet Home Alone tries incredibly hard to pay homage to the 1990 classic film. While the plot sounds all too familiar, this is not entirely a remake. There are several twists I didn’t see coming, and that surprised me — in a good way! Going into the movie, I was expecting a rehashing of the original. I’m not sure if that would have been a good idea, as I feel that’s a film that can’t just be redone without criticism. Home Alone has rightfully earned its status as a classic. Nothing could ever compare to the original.
There are several throwbacks that will give adults who grew up with the original a good laugh. Someone even says, “Why are they always trying to remake the classics?” which made me laugh out loud, because isn’t that really what we’re all thinking?
You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled because there are some great cameos you won’t want to miss!
IS HOME SWEET HOME ALONE KID-FRIENDLY? HERE’S YOUR PARENTS GUIDE:
Home Sweet Home Alone has an MPAA rating of PG for slapstick violence, rude material, and some language. It has a runtime of 1 hour 33 minutes. Here’s what parents need to know before allowing their children to watch Home Sweet Home Alone.
You can expect the same type of pranks from the original movie thrown into this one. Some are exactly the same. While there are no guns, there are Nerf guns instead. There are certainly several “don’t try this at home” type of stunts. Definitely a lot of slapstick humor.
There is no profanity in Home Sweet Home Alone, however, I did hear multiple uses of the word “stupid.”
There’s your typical “man loses pants” scene, as well as a man getting hit by something in a sensitive area.
I watched Home Sweet Home Alone with my husband, two children(ages 7 and 11), and my parents — a complete multigenerational experience! We have all seen the original Home Alone movie, and were curious. I don’t think Home Sweet Home Alone will hold the attention of little kids. Although it has the perfect time duration, I still found it rather slow. My 7 year old was bored right up until they got to the “big scene” towards the end where all of the pranks happen. Don’t get me wrong, he LOVED that entire sequence. He was laughing SO hard! But he would have been much more happy had I just fast forwarded up until that scene. I’m going to recommend Home Sweet Home Alone for ages 10 and up.
I went into Home Sweet Home Alone very skeptical. I was really expecting it to be a cringe worthy remake of a classic film. Thankfully, 20th Century Studios didn’t go that route. Rather than a complete reboot, Home Sweet Home Alone provides nods to its predecessor and offers a fun twist on a classic. Is it perfect? No, but it’s still a fun watch for your family movie night guaranteed for lots of laughs. Home Sweet Home Alone premieres on Disney+ Day, November 12, 2021.
Home Sweet Home Alone Synopsis
20th Century Studios’ “Home Sweet Home Alone” is an all-new adventure comedy from the beloved holiday film franchise. Max Mercer is a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays. So when a married couple attempting to retrieve a priceless heirloom set their sights on the Mercer family’s home, it is up to Max to protect it from the trespassers…and he will do whatever it takes to keep them out. Hilarious hijinks of epic proportions ensue, but despite the absolute chaos, Max comes to realize that there really is no place like home sweet home.
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