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 »Christmas, Kevin (Michael Weinberg) is really in hot water again, and so are Marv (French Stewart) and his sidekick (Missi Pyle), who are trying to rob Natalie's house! With funnier and more high-tech, crime-stopping wizardry at his disposal than ever, Kevin just might finally put these crooks on ice forever - and keep his parents together while he's at it - in this uplifting, hilarious comedy the whole family is sure to love!« less
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."
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!"
Who on their right minds thought of this?
Distant Voyageur | Io | 02/19/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This so called 'fourth' installment in the "Home Alone" movie series is the biggest joke in a movie series since "Batman and Robin" from six years before then. This movie is a disgrace to the 1990 original and the 1992 sequel and even to 1997's "Home Alone 3". Everything that came together on the first two in the series completely is rearranged and the timeline is altered but the result is totally disastrous on every level. Not even having one's brain turned off for a while is enough to make one enjoy this weak fourth edition. The acting is increidbly weak by everyone involved. Not to mention how they completely remade the McCallister family. The large extended family of Kevin was a riot to watch and although a bit obnoxious at times, it was funny watching Buzz get ticked off when he saw a bill for 986 dollars at the ending of the "Lost In New York" movie from 1992. "Home Alone 4" robs the family of all of it's charm by making them into just a nuclear family. Even the plot is utterly pointless with Kevin's parents spitting up and his father living with a new girlfriend at a rich mansion and Kevin stayign with him for Christmas but the mansion is robbed by would-be thieves but the slapstick jokes don't work on this movie. One scene is totally unrealistic where a faucet is left on to stop the thieves and the kitchen almost looks like an aquarium and is totally flooded. Hello! In real life, the water would just seep through cracks on the floors and walls and cause water damage to much of the structure. Plus it's impossible to turn a house into a human aquarium because the overflowing water would simply flood the room, and then the adjacent room and flow outside. You're house is far more likely to become totally filled with water if a flash flood occured (I.E. Hurricane or a large dam failed). The villain thieves are just incredibly devoid of any character and come off as being obnoxious, crass, petty and awfully stupid. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were perfect for playing Kevin's adversaries in the first two movies but whoever these clowns here who play them, their acting is weak and it sure looked like they were ready to leave the set. So this movie was a low-budget flick but even then, all of that money allotted into making this movie is utterly wasted in it's making. Whoever thought up of this should've looked at James Cameron's 1984 classic "The Termintor" to see how a low budget movie is made right! This movie is completely unworthy of one's time. Even the awkward "Home Alone 3" was miles above this rubbish!"