Is it really possible to be home alone when a voice assistant is always at your beck and call? Famed child actor Macaulay Culkin finds out in a new ad for Google Assistant in which he reprises his role as Kevin McCallister, the little kid left to his own devices in the 1990 comedy “Home Alone.”
The ad shows a grown McCallister going throughout his day in his parents’ big suburban house much like he did in the movie, except this time he has Google Home and other smart devices to handle a lot of his needs.
After waking up, he has Google Assistant check his calendar — “you have one event called ‘house to yourself,” the AI replies. From there, McCallister uses the assistant to add aftershave to his shopping list, set a reminder to clean bed sheets, check the front door for a pizza delivery (which he paid for online) via a Nest doorbell, adjust the home temperature and ultimately “begin operation Kevin.”
That operation was the highlight of the original movie, as McCallister fended off bumbling burglars with a myriad of tricks and traps. Too bad the ad had to end before Google Assistant could show us just how clever it could be.