With Christmas fast approaching, social media is ablaze with heated debates over beloved holiday films. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for Home Alone to enter the chat, especially with the recent spike in interest surrounding Macaulay Culkin, thanks to his Walk of Fame induction and debut of his two sons.
One user, however, took things to a whole new level when they posed the question of which Home Alone film is best…and included Home Alone 3.
Premiering in 1997, the third installment to the franchise wasn’t the belated, half-baked money grab so many children’s series are guilty of releasing. It was, however, missing one key ingredient: Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister.
In fact, the film didn’t feature the McCallisters at all. Instead, we watched as 8-year-old Alex Pruitt (Alex D. Linz) defended his neighborhood from a gang of…international terrorists? Quite a leap from the comparatively lighthearted, yet still criminal, antics of the Wet Bandits.
Home Alone 3 isn’t despised by any means. It was a modest box office success, though it didn’t even touch the popularity of the iconic original duology. It even has a B+ audience rating and a glowing review from famed film critic Roger Ebert, who claimed it was better than the first two. Roger, though, is unequivocally in the minority with that opinion.
The Internet is Divided Over ‘Home Alone 3’
While the third installment in the franchise isn’t any cheesier or less enjoyable than any other average kids’ movie, it’s cursed with the Home Alone title, as it pales in comparison to the Culkin-led originals.
For many fans, placing it in contention with Home Alone and Lost in New York is laughable, and makes a movie already sorely lacking in Chris Columbus-spun holiday magic seem even sillier.
Some, however, argued in defense of the third Home Alone film. A few claimed that it was the best of the franchise (an eyebrow-raising stance for sure, but everyone’s entitled to their opinion). Many, though, simply stated that, yes, it’s not as good as the first two. But it’s not the unwatchable rubbish some claim it to be, either.
YALL ARE GOING TO PUT SOME RESPECK ON HOME ALONE 3! THIS WAS QUALITY CONTENT! pic.twitter.com/YA0FkUyW6b— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) December 4, 2023
“Unpopular opinion but I love Home Alone 3. The hate it gets is so forced,” one fan wrote. “[It] was actually good,” another said. “Idk why yall hate Home Alone 3 so much. It ain’t 1 & 2 but it’s still fire imo,” added a third.
At the end of the day, is the high stakes, somehow even wackier third Home Alone film the worst children’s movie of all time? Of course not. But when it comes to Christmas, it doesn’t get more iconic than Kevin McAllister and the Wet Bandits. And for that reason alone, the adorable Alex Pruitt and his brutal booby traps could never measure up.
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