Here's a perfect movie for kids, who never seem to tire of John Hughes's sure-fire slapstick formula. Working yet another variation on his mammoth 1990 hit, writer-producer Hughes (regarded by many as Hollywood's antichrist) strands a youngster in his own home with the chicken pox in this 1997 retelling. While his parents go to work, he sees a team of burglars invading the neighborhood houses; in fact, they're spies, looking for a toy containing a stolen microchip. The inevitability of the finale--one kid holding off four professionals with toys and garden tools--will do nothing to lessen the amusement of youngsters, who love to see the bad guys get creamed. Adults may pause at the sadistic nature of some of Hughes's pranks, but kids will eat up the image of one of their own outwitting all the adults.--Marshall Fine
You know when you look back on your childhood and scorn yourself for the bad decisions you made during that time? I really ought to flog myself with a Cat O' Nine Tails for actually going to the theaters to see this movie back in 1997. John Hughes seemed to think that making anything remotely funny would be a bad idea, since all the humorous moments in this movie are as funny as getting gangrene on your writing hand. Extremely contrived storyline and characters, … more
I thought the first two movie were great. This movie had nothing to do with the first two. Not only did Maculy Culkin not return (A big drop), neither did Harry and Marv (Another big drop). You think they at least bring the crokes back so they can try something new, like trying to outsmart a new kid. Don't support this movie unless your buying it used. And even then I don't recomend it.