Mom I missed the plane ! is regularly cited in the pantheon of the best Christmas movies. Released at the end of the year 1990, the film of Chris Columbus allowed the very young Macaulay Culkin, barely 10 years old at the time of the shooting, to become a superstar of the Hollywood cinema. He plays Kevin McCallister, a young boy who is forgotten by his parents when they have to go on vacation and who will have to learn to live alone for a few days. This period is the perfect opportunity to do what he wants but bandits, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, will also try to spoil his few dream days. Written by the awesome John Hughes (Breakfast Club), Mom I missed the plane ! was one of the biggest hits of the 90s in movies with nearly $ 476 million in gross worldwide. In France, the film had gathered at the time nearly 2.2 million spectators in theaters, a very good score.
Aware of its cult status, Disney, which has owned the rights to 20th Century Fox films since 2017, decided in 2019 to produce a remake of Mom I missed the plane !. The new version will be released on November 12 on its Disney + platform, with a brand new cast on the bill. Exit Macaulay Culkin, now 40, hello Archie Yates. The 12-year-old actor, noticed in the Oscar-winning film Jojo Rabbit, embodies the hero of this new feature film. His name is not Kevin McCallister but has a similar role. Ellie Kemper, actress of the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is also present in the cast, just like Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw). Entitled Home Sweet Home Alone in English, the film is directed by Dan Mazer, screenwriter known for having co-wrote Borat with Sacha Baron Cohen.
The announcement of this remake did not really delight fans, or even the director of the original film Chris Columbus. In 2020, in the columns ofInsider, the American director had made it known that he was opposed to the idea which, according to him, was sorely lacking in originality. “From my point of view, it’s a waste of time. What is the point ? I believe that one should not remake films which have the longevity of a Mom I missed the plane. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. It’s not going to happen. Why do this? It’s like doing a live remake of a Disney cartoon. What is the point ? It has already been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably at least you will have tried to do something original, ”he said at the time. While waiting for the first images of this new version, Mom I missed the plane !, the real one, is available now on Disney +.