Macaulay Culkin just gave us a Home Alone reboot in time for Christmas

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.

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Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.

Kevin McCallister set the bar high for us growing up in the 90s with the most inspired tricks we’ve seen to this day. From creating ice on his staircases for a slippery ride to swinging paint cans into thieves’ faces, the Home Alone prankster quickly became a 90s hero and the bane of many parents’ existence as kids tried to recreate them. Since then, Macaulay Culkin has returned to the role in an unexpected way just in time for the Christmas season and even though we never asked for a sequel: we’re 150% here for it.

It’s not actually a full length film (boo), but it is a super fun Christmas advert called Home Alone Again - ‘tis the season after all. There’s a time and a place for a teary John Lewis ad, but this hilarious one is actually for the Google Assistant. It starts off in a pretty familiar way, Culkin wakes up to find his parents have left him home alone.

We adore the original films, but there’s no denying the pranks were pretty low-tech. With all the boons of modern technology however (and obviously the Google Assistant in the ad), it basically answers the question: what would Kevin McCallister do if he had today’s tech in his hands? And well, it seems like it would be way easier as he doesn’t even have to lift a finger to stave off criminals.

You can see the whole ad below.

Side note: we’re pretty impressed that Macaulay Culkin seems like he hasn’t aged a day. Drop the skin routine, Culkin - we’re waiting.

As you can see, the whole ad is full of little throwbacks and it’s super meta. One of our favourite Easter eggs is when he’s watching the exact same gangster movie he was in the original Home Alone series.

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Culkin posted the video to his Twitter with his trademark snark and captioned it, ‘Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult? Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this.’

While we’re not clamouring for a full length Home Alone sequel any time soon, it did put a gigantic smile on our faces to seeing Culkin step back into the role. What a wave of nostalgia.

Megan C. Hills

Megan is a freelance journalist who covers entertainment and all things lifestyle, with a particular passion for fashion, beauty, travel and Keanu Reeves stories. She has previously worked on staff for titles including Marie Claire UK, CNN Style and The Evening Standard and has written for titles such as Bustle UK, Wallpaper*, Forbes and Hong Kong Tatler. She splits her time between London and her hometown Hong Kong, where she currently lives with the love of her life - an elderly dog named Poppy - and her husband.