Macaulay Culkin’s Return to ‘Home Alone’ Trends on Social Media

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Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) doing the iconic scream in 'Home Alone'

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Home Alone (1990) is one of the most beloved Christmas classics ever. The same can be said about its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), which many fans consider superior to the original 1990 film.

Unfortunately, it was all downhill after Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) got lost in the Big Apple, where he had to fend off the Sticky Bandits (formerly known as the Wet Bandits), Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) once again.

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) discovering he's home alone in 'Home Alone'
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Why are those two original films so good? Well, they have all the magical ingredients needed to make a Christmas classic: hilarious antics, a hero you can root for, equally memorable villains, heart-warming family themes, an excellent score, and a solid idea.

It also helps that they were directed by Chris Columbus, who went on to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), which are arguably two of the more Christmassy entries in the Wizarding World film series.

Harry (Joe Pesci) angry in 'Home Alone'
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In 2021, Disney+. released the sixth film in the Home Alone series, Home Sweet Home Alone (2021), a movie so bad it makes the three that came before it, Home Alone 3 (1997), Home Alone 4 (2002), and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012), look as good as the original two films.

While many fans would probably argue that the reason the series took a nosedive is because Macaulay Culkin never reprised his role as Kevin McCallister after Home Alone 2, the fact is that the four straight-to-VOD (video on demand) sequels are just bad films.

Marv (Daniel Stern) with a tarantula on his face in 'Home Alone'
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That said, fans would love to see the 43-year-old actor return to the franchise. Never say never — now that Home Alone is owned by Disney, we may get a legacy sequel that sees the return of Macaulay Culkin and Sticky Bandits actors Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

Deep down, though, no one really wants that to happen — Home Sweet Home Alone is still painfully fresh in our memories. And though Culkin only played Kevin in two films, he did return in a Google ad in 2018 ad that’s now resurfaced online ahead of the Holiday season.

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) yelling at his mother in 'Home Alone'
Credit: 20th Century Studios

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The Google ad that showcases Google Assistant is now enjoying a newfound popularity on social media. In the parody-style commercial, Culkin reprises his role as Kevin McCallister and re-lives several iconic scenes from the 1990 film.

If you somehow missed it when it premiered five years ago, check it out below, per IGN:

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The ad has been re-shared by Historic Vids on X (formerly known as Twitter), which has amassed a staggering 20.1 million views in just four days since the upload:

Macaulay Culkin returns 30 years later as Kevin McCallister from ‘Home Alone’ in Google ad

One user says:

“What a brilliant commercial[.] Brings back childhood memories of the original film”

Another sums up the ad, saying:

McCallister is back in the family home – alone – and he’s having a wonderful time until 9pm, but to prevent the drama of the original film he simply asks his Google Home Hub to ‘Begin Operation Kevin’, which sets all his booby traps into motion and the would-be burglars think better of it.

Per Disney+, here’s the synopsis for Home Alone:

Eight-year-old Kevin McAllister has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he’s not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin’s rigging a bewildering battery of of booby traps to welcome them!

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) talking to store owners in 'Home Alone'
Credit: 20th Century Studios

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Check out the “special look” Home Alone trailer from Disney below:

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All six Home Alone movies are now streaming on Disney+, where you can enjoy plenty of other Christmas classics such as Die Hard (1988), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009).

Would you like to see Macaulay Culkin return for a new Home Alone movie? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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