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HOME ALONE 3

SYNOPSIS:
Four industrial spies acquire a missile guidance-system computer chip and smuggle it through an airport inside a remote-controlled toy car. Because of baggage confusion, grouchy Mrs. Hess (Marian Seldes) gets the car. She gives it to her neighbour, eight-year-old Alex (Alex D. Linz), just before the spies turn up. The spies rent a house in order to burgle each house in the neighbourhood until they locate the car. Home alone with the chicken pox, Alex calls 911 each time he spots a theft in progress, but the spies always manage to elude the police -- while Alex is accused of making prank calls. The spies finally turn their attentions toward Alex, unaware that he has rigged devices to cleverly booby-trap his entire house.

"There's nothing wrong with the odd formulaic Hollywood film, as long as there's a sense of originality, but when you get a film like this third Home Alone, which is so derivative, so lacking in original thought, one has to wonder why they bother. Once upon a time there was an audacious screenwriter called John Hughes, who helped redefine the teen genre with The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and the comedy great, Trains, Planes and Automobiles. Then he fell victim to his own success, writing Home Alone, and every film following was basically the same. He is now the most unoriginal and inept screenwriter of his generation, who has no idea how to develop character or narrative structure, and this is plainly evident in this, his worst script to date. Realising how dreadful it is, he even assigned his editor the task of directing it. OK, so the characters are different, though this time the baddies are high tech geniuses who manage to be outwitted by an 8-year old. Yeah, right. The film is not only a facile carbon copy of its predecessors, but it lacks charm and energy. It's filmmaking by committee, and it's a mess. Apart from a couple of amusing moments here and there, there's little to recommend. It would be far less dangerous for one's health to stay home alone, rather than endure this film. After a century of American cinema, I’d hate to think this is the best Hollywood can offer."
Paul Fischer

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CRITICAL COUNT
Positive: 0
Negative: 2
Mixed: 0
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HOME ALONE 3
(US)

CAST: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Kevin Kilner, Haviland Morris, Lenny Von Dohlen

DIRECTOR: Raja Gosnell

PRODUCER: John Hughes, Ricardo Mestres

SCRIPT: John Hughes

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Julio Macat

EDITOR: Bruce Green, Malcolm Campbell, David Rennie

MUSIC: Nick Glennie-Smith

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Henry Bumstead

RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 9, 1998

VIDEO RELEASE: June 14, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

RRP: $24.95







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