Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

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Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
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Genre: Comedy
Photography: Color
Running Time: 90 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 25, 2012
Directed by: Peter Hewitt
Written by: Aaron Ginsburg
Wade McIntyre
Distributed by: 20th Television
Starring: Christian Martyn
Eddie Steeples
Jodelle Ferland
Doug Murray
Ellie Harvie
Debi Mazar
Malcolm McDowell
Previous film: Home Alone: Taking Back the House

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (also known as Home Alone 5) is a 2012 American made-for-television Christmas comedy film and the fifth installment in the Home Alone franchise. It stars Christian Martyn, Jodelle Ferland, Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar, Eddie Steeples.


With his parents away, an 8-year-old (Christian Martyn) engages in a battle of wits with some thieves (Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar).

Why It Sucks

  1. The film has many of the same problems (if not repeated) from Home Alone 3.
    1. Like the 3rd movie Kevin doesn't appear or is he mentioned in this one, not even Alex (the protagonist of the 3rd movie) is mentioned as well.
    2. It's also pretty much a rehash of the original movie.
  2. Has barely anything in common with any of the previous movies.
  3. The dialogue makes no sense.
  4. Poor acting.
  5. Despite the film's poster, Finn is outside, but no thieves.
  6. The traps are very boring and stupid because two of them are built into the house.
  7. The thieves also seem to have no chemistry between each other.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Decent remix of the Home Alone theme.
  2. There are a few scenes that can be considered amusing.
  3. The ending is very good and heartwarming.


  • It is the first film in the loosely connected Home Alone series not to include a setting in Chicago.
  • Like Home Alone 3, this one doesn't have Kevin McCallister as the main character. Also like Home Alone 4, the main character is not left home "alone" but with his older sibling.
  • Only film in the series not to feature a character who the main protagonist initially fears and then befriends by the end.
  • This is the only Home Alone sequel to actually repeat the idea of slippery ice as one of the traps.
  • Debi Mazar previously appeared with Joe Pesci in Goodfellas. Pesci played Harry in the first two films.
  • Only film in the series to feature an African American villain.
  • Like Home Alone 3, there is no mention of Kevin or the McCallisters. This film has no connection with the first three films.
  • In this film, there is no mention of the McCallisters or the Pruitts, who previously appeared in the first three films.
  • A sixth installment might not happen due to no news or an announcement of a new installment in the Home Alone franchise, plus, Disney (which owns Fox now, which holds the rights of the franchise) announced that it will be rebooted.

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