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By Sarah Ward
October 13, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
October 13, 2021
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This Christmas, Disney+ is giving us all a shiny new present, with the streaming platform adding another Home Alone movie to everyone's festive viewing rotation. Right now, it's also kickstarting the merriment early — by dropping the first trailer for Home Sweet Home Alone, the fifth flick in the holiday-themed franchise.

Pick a number between five and 100, and that's the average number of times you've probably watched the first Home Alone. You'll note that we haven't dared to suggest you've only seen it once, or twice, or even just three or four times, because we know how unlikely that is. We're guessing you've viewed the first sequel to the 1990 favourite quite a bit, too, because we all have. If you haven't given Home Alone 3 and Home Alone 4 as much love, though, that's understandable. Here's an important question for you moving forward, however: how many times do you think you'll give Home Sweet Home Alone a whirl?

Available to stream from Friday, November 12, Home Sweet Home Alone jumps back into the franchise that's all about being left behind by your family at Christmas. On paper, the overall concept doesn't sound all that jolly — but as we all know, these flicks have been an end-of-year staple for three decades. And the Mouse House is messing with its winning formula here, either.

This time around, a kid called Max Mercer is the focus — as played by Jojo Rabbit's Archie Yates. Obviously, he's left at home while his family goes away. They head to Japan for the holidays, he gets forgotten, and soon he's fending off a couple that's trying to break into his house. We all know how the story is going to go from there, with this remake even giving a screenplay credit to the original's writer/director John Hughes.

Filmmaker Dan Mazer is in the director's chair on Home Sweet Home Alone, after previously helming I Give It a Year and Dirty Grandpa, and writing Bridget Jones's Baby, Office Christmas Party and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

On-screen, Yates is joined by Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Rob Delaney (Wrath of Man) as the crooks trying to bust into Max's home, while Aisling Bea (This Way Up) plays his mother — and Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Tim Simons (Veep) and Chris Parnell (Rick and Morty) also feature. There have been rumours that Macaulay Culkin will make an appearance, too, but you'll obviously need to watch the full movie to see if that pans out.

Check out the Home Sweet Home Alone trailer below:

Home Sweet Home Alone will be available to stream via Disney+ from Friday, November 12.

Images: courtesy of Disney+. © 2021 20th Century Studios.

Published on October 13, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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