Macaulay Culkin is 'Home Alone' again in bandit-free Google Assistant commercial


Have you ever wondered how the classic 1990 Christmas comedy “Home Alone” and its (way too) many sequels would play out in the modern era of home automation? As if the “Sticky Bandits” hilariously portrayed by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern didn’t suffer enough in their mismatched battle of wits with Hollywood whiz kid Macaulay Culkin, today’s technology could have made it that much easier for young Kevin McCallister to prevail.

An all-grown-up Macaulay Culkin doesn’t even need to use his hands to get shaving assistance (this time for real), as well as set reminders, and fend off old foes in a brilliant new Google commercial.

The 60-second ad starts with a pretty familiar premise, as “Kevin” wakes up home alone yet again... before remembering a “house to himself” event was already on the schedule. 

Using a Google Home Hub smart display, Pixel 3 phone, Home Mini smart speaker, Nest Cam Outdoor security camera, Nest Learning Thermostat, and a bunch of other Google Assistant-supporting smart home accessories, Culkin manages to relax, get plenty of stuff done, and even put “operation Kevin” in motion while referencing a number of iconic scenes and lines from the surprise box office hit that propelled the former child actor to global fame nearly three decades ago.

Basically, Google seems to have hit the advertising jackpot here, delivering an entertaining, timely, nostalgia-evoking commercial that highlights the strengths of its products efficiently and in a non-intrusive way. 

The only thing that could have made this better is a Joe Pesci cameo. Or at least a surprise appearance by recent Golden Globe nominee Kieran Culkin. Oh, well, there’s always next year.

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10 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Good to see him cleaned up and back in action. Very clever ad.

3. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Right. Wonder if he’ll ever get out of the Home Alone hole. I mean, being more than just the Home Alone guy.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The problem is there are many actors stuck with their own signature roles like Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), and many more. It's like a double edged sword, it gives them something unique to them but at the same time it gets stale and boring. But all in all they are great actors.

2. ReticentHamster

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Wow, he looks ten times better in this ad than all of those pictures of him with long hair, bad stubble and puffy, tired eyes. He actually looks remarkably the same as when he was younger. Good for him!

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

https://youtu.be/shwFNKP_mI4 Check out this video. Dude looks clean and well and doesn't seem he lost his acting skills.yeah really good for him.

4. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

Bravo, Google. Bravo.

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Just tried all these with Siri, and set up something called “Operation Kevin” with Siri shortcuts, where I tried to automate as many of my smart devices as possible (I do have a train set under my Christmas tree and it’s plugged into a smart outlet - which also activated). I’m gonna keep this shortcut - I like it. Someone said Siri is useless - well it just did everything in that video - so that makes google assistant useless too.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao... Siri... Too funny.

10. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Real mature. /s

9. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Hugh came a long way from his 101 Dalmations days and did a good job in the Night Manager and his new blues album is quite nice. It takes a bit of work to break out of a typecast but it can be done (luckily I'm not in this boat yet although I am one of the go-tos for various stunt roles on Marvel Netflix shows... Which have now been canceled).

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