Dan Mazer, who directed this, is the production partner of Sacha Baron Cohen and co-wrote Borat and Bruno with him. The writers of this were Mikey Day from Saturday Night Live and that show’s head writer Streeter Seidell. If you’ve seen the quality of what’s airing at 11:30 on Saturday nights lately, this movie should be no surprise, as it’s a soulless approximation of something that some people once loved shoved in your face.
It has Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper as a couple trying to keep the holidays happening despite money issues, the strange antique doll they have and the kid next door named Max (Archie Yates from Jojo Rabbit) who gets left home and battles them when they try to sneak into his house and get the doll back because they think he stole it. It doesn’t even get Home Alone right as with the couple being good people, we don’t want to see the pranks painfully stop their invasion.
Seidell is remaking Inspector Gadget and SpaceCamp as well. It’s Christmas and I shouldn’t be upset about these types of things.
At least Devin Ratray gets some work here and plays Officer Buzz McCallister, who is, of course, Kevin’s brother.
Chris Columbus, the director of the original, said of this movie “Nobody got in touch with me about it, and it’s a waste of time as far as I’m concerned. What’s the point? I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone. You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It’s just not going to happen. So why do it? It’s like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film — a live-action version of that. What’s the point? It’s been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original.”