Review: ‘Home Sweet Home Alone’ is a Fun, Surprisingly Thoughtful Take on a Holiday Classic

After five films, three of which were attempts to reboot the wildly popular Christmas franchise, Disney’s 20th Century Studios takes another swing at a new Home Alone tale with the Disney+ exclusive Home Sweet Home Alone.

Shortly before Christmas, Pam (Ellie Kemper) and Jeff McKenzie (Rob Delaney) are faced with the prospect of selling their home, which they cannot afford to keep now that Jeff has been unemployed for some time.

At the open house, they meet Max Mercer (Archie Yates) and his mother Carol (Aisling Bea), who have stopped in just so Max can use the bathroom.

Max bumps into Jeff, who is moving some things out of a hall closet, and comments on the box of creepy porcelain dolls Jeff unearths, which he says belonged to his mother. 

When Carol joins them, she informs Jeff that the dolls are actually antiques, and can fetch quite a bit of money from interested collectors.

Back at the Mercer household, it is pandemonium in the way we’ve come to expect from a Home Alone movie: screaming cousins, overburdened parents, and early morning travel arrangements looming on the horizon. 

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