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Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House
Home Alone 4 Taking Back the House
Actors: French Stewart, Erick Avari, Barbara Babcock, Jason Beghe, Clare Carey
Director: Rod Daniel
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2003     1hr 29min

It's tough being nine. Tougher still is spending Christmas with dad (Jason Beghe) at his new girlfriend Natalie's (Joanna Going) mansion even though it's loaded with all the techno-gadgets any kid could hope for! But this ...  more »


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Actors: French Stewart, Erick Avari, Barbara Babcock, Jason Beghe, Clare Carey
Director: Rod Daniel
Creators: Peter Benison, David Madden, Lisa Demberg, Mitch Engel, Debra Frank, John Hughes, Steve L. Hayes
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Home Alone, John Hughes, Comedy, Family Films, Music Artists, Classic Rock, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2003
Original Release Date: 11/03/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 11/03/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Weak Story, Unfunny Humor, and The Boy: Everything Is So Mis
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 11/23/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

""Beethoven's 5th" and "Home Alone 4." Back in the golden era of John Hughes, who was really something in the 80s, I couldn't imagine the day would come when we see his name in this direct-to-video sequels. Even if he only permitted to use (or recycle) the main characters, it is a shocking thing to witness this.

But the film is made by 20th Century Fox, one of the major studios in Hollywood, and to be fair, the production designs are decent, Yes, Kevin McCallister is no longer played by Mr. Culkin, but kids all grow up someday. And look, Marv, one of the original burglars comes back to Kevin's house, but sorry, it is NOT Daniel Stern. (It's French Stewart, who is not bad).

Some viewer, quite understandably, don't like the story about Kevin's parents who live separately, but it could be OK. Today that is not a rare thing. Some viewers again don't like the idea of different actors playing the main characters, but hey, that happened to James Bond or Dumbledore, and we didn't care.

[THE REAL PROBLEM ] is this. This time Marv doesn't steal. Why? For he needs money so desperately that he and his girlfriend (Missi Pyle) decide to kidnap Prince. I mean it, THE PRINCE, a child of the royal family. But from where? The big mansion of Kevin's Daddy's girlfriend. But how? Oh, this is a big surprise, but there's an insider. And what happens? Many slapsticks, many of them just unfunny.

But the most embarrassing is Kevin, the kid himself. Sorry but I must tell you. The character of Kevin is really awful, even offensive. Kevin not only frustrates the burglars' plans by booby traps (so far, fine); he also enjoys doing it! If you don't see what I am trying to say, see the scenes in which Kevin, sitting on a sofa, sees French Stewart and Missi Pyle literally trapped in the rotating bookshelf, which goes round and round, faster and faster. See how the boy laughs, like watching a movie on TV! Yes, he laughs with loud voice as if he's one of the Warner Brothers' animation characters. I saw all the `Home Alone' series, but this is the first time I really wished that the burglars would win and take everything away. They surely deserve that.

I thought `Home Alone 3' was enough. John Hughes and other people did think otherwise. Now I think `Home Alone 4' is truly enough, and really hope that they think the same way."
Horrible Movie
GS1984 | 04/09/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Home Alone 1 and 2 very some of my favorite movies growing up in the 90s. Home Alone 3 I also liked a lot. Though it was about different people, the story was very well written, the acting was good, and the movie was well produced. Despite being older now, I still enjoy those movies when they're on TV.

I'm sorry to say however, that this movie is a disgrace to Hollywood and to the movie making profession. Believe me, I am not exagerrating a bit. Every single aspect of this movie is unbelievably horrible.

First of all, the character development is awfully confusing and makes no sense whatsoever. This movie is supposed to be a sequel to the original Home Alone family from HA1 and 2 - the McCallisters. Kevin is back, along with his mom Kate, dad Peter, brother Buzz, etc... One of the original criminals, Marv, is back too. The other criminal in this movie is his girlfriend. Now here's the problem. Every single one of these characters is played by different people now. Not only that, but their age makes no sense whatsoever. Kevin in this movie is younger than he was in HA2. His brother Buzz and his sister high school juniors and seniors back then. In this movie, it's as if they're in junior high. There are many other such wierd nonsense contradictions.

The plot is awful too. I'm not going to go into the details, but the story is a disgrace to screenwriters. Let's just say that the writers thought they were making a story about present-time thieves trying to rob the Jetsons in the future.

The acting is awful too. This was a low budget movie, and the actors do their best to make that obvious. Just look at the cover

The soundtrack of the movie sucks too. It's no surprise though. Who would ever want to license out their music for such crap?

Overall, I don't think this movie was meant to be a sequal of the original Home Alone movies. It was probably meant to be a parady of them. This movie doesn't deserve a single star. The only good purpose this movie can serve is to train people what awful film-making looks like."
This is not Home Alone, this is just crap
Van Damne | Louisiana, MO USA | 12/12/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is just omg [...], and not Home Alone if u wanna see real Home Alone movies get the first 3, cause this is just [...]."
Home Alone 4 Is Not Worth Your Time
C. Miner | Indianapolis, IN, USA | 03/14/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Our family loves the first three "Home Alone" movies. But this fourth in the series is a dud. They keep the same character names as the first two movies, but they are totally different actors playing the parts. They should have just made up new characters.

Secondly, in this movie there is very little of the slapstick humor which made the first three so funny. In the first three, the boy set elaborate traps which the bad guys fell for. In this fourth movie, there are few traps set, and they are not original or that funny.

One other disappointing aspect of this fourth movie - in this movie the family is being broken apart by divorce. Although the divorce is not final yet, the husband has already moved in with his girlfriend and is getting engaged. Not the best for family values!

Overall, we were very disappointed with this movie, which provided few laughs. Stick with the first three if you want a movie to keep you laughing!"