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Comic tale of a young boy who blackmails his ex-con father into spending a vacation with him.
Overly formulaic and tonally inconsistent, Getting Even with Dad tries for a sentimental conclusion it doesn't earn and winds up a slapsticky cash grab aimed at fans of Home Alone.
The film should have been a roller coaster ride; instead, watching it is like trudging through a swamp.
It's all a bit smug and suspect.
The feeble attempts at verbal and physical slapstick are so lacking in humour that they're embarrassing for both the players and audience.
The new summer movies don't get much more formulaic than this bald attempt to capture the audience that can't wait to see the next three or four installments of Home Alone.
Tone: Home Alone-style slapstick with occasional (almost random) heart-tugging.
Howard Deutch is a proficient enough second division director, but here he allows sentimentality to run riot, and the awkwardly ageing Culkin (approaching adolescence) no longer possesses the mischievous charm of old.
This seems to be the work not of screenwriters but of Hollywood marketing executives who believe movies are popular because they tell audiences what they want to hear.
Neither Macaulay Culkin nor Ted Danson has improved his luck in selecting projects with this schizophrenic comedy.
The film's greatest liability is Culkin, grown awkwardly out of his Home Alone cuteness into a Stepford Child star.
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