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Home Alone 3 [1997]

Director:Raja Gosnell
Writer:John Hughes
Composer:Nick Glennie-Smith
Length:102 minutes
(1 hour 42 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:3.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:24%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fend off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.

Reaction: Meh. It's not terrible. It wasn't necessary, but it's fun enough. The kid does pretty well, though

Personal Rating: 6/10

Raja Gosnell => Director
John Hughes => Writer
Nick Glennie-Smith => Composer
Alex D. Linz => Alex Pruitt
Baxter Harris => Police Captain
Christopher Curry => Agent Stuckey
David Thornton => Earl Unger
Haviland Morris => Karen Pruitt
James Saito => Chinese Mob Boss
Kevin Gudahl => Techie
Kevin Kilner => Jack Pruitt
Lenny von Dohlen => Burton Jernigan
Marian Seldes => Mrs. Hess
Neil Flynn => Police Officer #1
Olek Krupa => Petr Beaupre
Richard Hamilton => Cab Driver
Rya Kihlstedt => Alice Ribbons
Scarlett Johansson => Molly Pruitt
Seth Smith => Stan Pruitt

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The directorial debut of Raja Gosnell, who previously edited the first two films of the series.
  • The scene in the garage where Jernigan sees a pair of legs dangling out of the storage attic and he pulls on them which are actually the legs of a dummy attached to a lawn mower starter which starts and falls through the door onto Jernigan was derived from the novelization of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York in which the exact same incident happens to Marv when he's searching the garage for Kevin.
  • This [Home Alone] actually takes place *after* Christmas.
  • The first major role for Scarlett Johansson.
  • Considering that Home Alone 4 was a made for television movie, Home Alone 3 was the last film of the series to be released theatrically.
  • The film is a complete spin off the original movies. There no mention of Macaulay Culkin's character or mention of his family, The MacAllister's. The only link to the original film is the Chicago suburbs, where the original film takes place, Mr. Jernigan getting his region hit by a crowbar and a portion of John Williams' score during the beginning credits.
  • The original concept involved Macaulay Culkin's character, Kevin McCallister, returning as a teenager. However, the plan was scrapped as Culkin dropped out of acting three years earlier as he thought he was outgrowing "childish" roles.
  • At one stage the script was considered being filmed as a television pilot, but in the end the studio decided to go ahead and make it as a feature film. The reverse would later happen with Home Alone 4, which was originally intended to be a stand-alone TV movie, but was restructured during production to serve as a pilot for a TV series that ultimately never went ahead.