Movie Review: Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House

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Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House Summary

Peter McCallister, who is finalizing a divorce from his wife, Kate, announces to their children, Buzz, Megan and Kevin that he and his wealthy girlfriend, Natalie Kalban, are hosting the visit of a royal family at her mansion, and invites them to spend Christmas there. After the three initially refuse, Kevin accepts the offer after being bullied by Buzz (who was supposed to be at the movies with his friends), and revels in the mansion’s luxuries.

The next morning, Peter and Natalie go out while Kevin stays with Natalie’s servants, Mr. Prescott the butler and Molly the maid. Kevin notices his old nemesis, Marv Murchins, and his wife, Vera, scouting the house. After failing to get Mr. Prescott’s attention via the intercom, he drives them away by flooding the mansion. When Peter and Natalie return, they refuse to believe Kevin’s explanation, especially since Mr. Prescott claims to have seen nothing. Kevin discovers that the security cameras were turned off during the break-in, leading him to believe that Mr. Prescott is in league with Marv and Vera. To cheer themselves up, Kevin, Peter and Natalie decorate their Christmas tree, although it is later re-trimmed by professional decorators at Natalie’s request.

As the mansion is prepared for a party for the royal family’s arrival, Peter and Natalie go to pick them up, while Kevin notices Marv and Vera disguised as caterers. He traps Mr. Prescott in the freezer, overhears Marv and Vera’s plan to kidnap the prince for ransom, and forces them out of a window. The royal family is unable to attend the party because their flight was canceled, so Peter and Natalie decide to announce their engagement instead. Marv and Vera run back into the house and pursue Kevin, who accidentally ruins the party by running into the guests and knocking over an ice sculpture that turns out to be a frozen Mr. Prescott. Angered, Peter sends Kevin to his room, refusing to believe his story and accusing him of trying to sabotage his relationship with Natalie, who threatens to evict him if he misbehaves again.

Taking matters into his own hands, Kevin sets up booby traps for Marv and Vera. The next morning, the duo head to the house after Peter and Natalie go to pick up the royals. Kevin tricks and locks Mr. Prescott in the basement, but eventually discovers Marv and Vera’s real ally is Molly, who is also Marv’s mother. Kevin gets locked in the basement with Mr. Prescott, who admits that he turned off the cameras during the initial break-in as he was taking an unscheduled break from his duties because he despises Natalie, let alone working for her; he and Kevin then apologize for misjudging each other. After several failed attempts to call Kate, Kevin escapes via the house’s dumbwaiter and temporarily traps Marv underneath it. Marv and Vera pursue Kevin through the house, where they spring the traps and suffer various injuries, while Molly gets trapped in the house’s elevator.

At the airport, Peter suspects that something is wrong back at the house with Kevin and takes a cab back to Natalie’s to check on him. Kate, Buzz, and Megan also drive to the mansion due to the suspicious nature of the calls received by Kevin himself and Molly. Kevin uses an altered recording of Marv’s voice to provoke an argument between him and Vera, and knocks them down a flight of stairs with a remote-controlled plane. The duo is then tricked by Kevin with a secret wall switch, end up being launched onto a chandelier, and are knocked unconscious by their fall. Molly, having escaped, grabs Kevin, but is quickly knocked out by Mr. Prescott who also escaped via the dumbwaiter and calls the police.

As Peter, Kate, Buzz and Megan arrive, Kevin — with Buzz and Megan’s help — prevents a final escape attempt from Marv and Vera. The royal family and Natalie arrive, and the offenders’ plot to kidnap the prince is revealed to Natalie’s shock. Mr. Prescott, per Kevin’s advice, resigns from his position as her butler. Realizing that their relationship was built on infatuation rather than love and was affecting his responsibilities as a husband and father, Peter breaks up with Natalie, and reconciles with Kate and their children. Grateful to Kevin for his foiling of the kidnapping plot, the royals spend Christmas with the newly-reunited McCallisters, devastating Natalie as Kevin and Prescott give the commands for music to play and snow to fall.

Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House Review

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Why they had to make a 4th Home Alone movie is beyond me. The only cool part about this is the technology Kevin had in the bedroom at his dad’s house. Beyond that I would normally enjoy the link to the original but in this case, this made zero sense in this film. They recasted everyone including Kevin, made him 9, had the parents separated, not in the same house and spoke as if they were within the same timeline. It was completely out of line.

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