Almost everyone who was a kid within the mid-90s and early 2000s must have seen a couple of Alex D Linz movies. He was the titular character in 2001’s Max Keeble’s Big Move, a movie where together with his equally mischievous friends, he pulled pranks. He is also known for his role as Alex Pruitt in the third installment of the Home Alone franchise titled Home Alone 3 which was the first of the movies not to star Macaulay Culkin, regardless.
Alex D Linz showed the signs that he would go on to become one of Hollywood’s greatest stars but, on the contrary, he entered into an unofficial retirement when he stopped appearing in gigs in 2008. Linz had left Hollywood to enroll at the University of California, Berkeley from where he’d graduate with a B.A in Science, Technology, and Society in 2011. While at Berkeley, Alex D Linz was part of the college’s improv group named Jericho! but never returned to Hollywood, instead, he completely stepped away from the spotlight.
These days, Linz keeps himself busy with various non-acting engagements. He had a stint at Smith & Baltaxe, LLP where he worked as a legal researcher and in 2017, word got out that he had just earned a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. His acting days may be long over but there are a good number of Alex D Linz movies to remind us of how great an actor he was. We take you through 10 of his films beginning from the ones for which he would forever be remembered to the ones that might have made him regret why he accepted the role in the first place.
10 Greatest Alex D Linz Movies and TV Show Rated From Best to Worst
1. Tarzan (1999)
Alex D Linz in his short-lived acting career did lend his voice to 8 animated characters which makes it unsurprising that his best-rated movie critically-speaking, as well as his highest-grossing box office outing, is the 1999 animated adventure film, Tarzan. Although this is more of a Tony Goldwyn (yes President Fitzgerald from Scandal) movie than a Linz, as Goldwyn voiced the main character of Tarzan, it is only fair he shares the glory with Linz who lent his voice to the young Tarzan. Tarzan was met with generally positive reviews and was chiefly credited for its animation, consequently, it became the 5th highest-grossing Disney animated film after grossing $448.2 million against a budget of $130 million. Critics from rotten tomatoes rate it at 89%.
2. Race to Space (2001)
Though not a big-budget movie, critics were very impressed with the family drama film that is set in the 1960s and tells the story of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union at that time. Alex D Linz plays the role of a young boy named Billy whose relationship with his father, NASA scientist named Dr. Wilhelm von Huber (James Woods) begins to wane following the death of his mother. However, the father-son relationship begins to wax strong after Billy’s father is hired by Dr. Donni McGuinness (Annabeth Gish), the Director of Veterinary Science to help train a chimp named Mac for its space flight. Billy’s likeness for the chimp is what primarily helps build back his relationship with his father. The film was met with very positive critical reviews. While Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 71%, over 80% of Google reviewers thought that the movie was a great watch.
3. Providence (2001 – 2002)
Alex D Linz’s movies are more in number than his TV shows and Providence is the only TV show where he had a recurring role, others were mere guest roles. The NBC drama series was successful, running for 5 seasons from 1999 to 2002. It followed a certain Dr. Sydney Hansen who leaves her job as a plastic surgeon to the rich folks in Beverly Hills choosing instead to relocate to Providence, Rhode Island, her hometown where she can be closer to her family. Despite its 5 season run, the story ended rather abruptly. NBC had promised to bring back the series but unfortunately, its main cast members did not sign up for a 6th season. Alex D Linz got the role of Pete Calcatera in the show’s fourth season and reprised the role for 19 episodes including some episodes in what would become the season finale. TV.com rated the show an 8.2 out of 10 while IMDb gave it a 6.7/10.
4. Choose Connor (2007)
Alex D Linz’s movie career ended with Choose Connor as it was the last full-length movie that he featured in. Though being an independent film, it attracted rave reviews from critics. It was the feature film directorial debut for the then-20-year-old director Luke Eberl who also wrote and had the starring role of U.S. Senate Candidate Lawrence Connor. Alex D Linz’s character of Owen Norris is a 15-year-old who has been chosen by the aspiring senator to be his youth spokesman. The job is his dream job but he soon learns that politics isn’t at all rosy when he is being exploited by the Congressman in a tireless campaign that includes TV and radio ads as well as interviews and speaking engagements. Critics at Moviegoer described it as a brilliantly devised political thriller. IMDb rated the film at 6.2/10.
5. One Fine Day (1996)
In this romantic drama and one of Alex D Linz’s earliest movies, he stars as Sammy Parker the son of the main characters Melanie Parker (portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer who is also the film’s main producer) and Jack Taylor (George Clooney) – they are single parents who are very ambitious with their careers, however, one day after Sammy alongside his sister Maggie (Mae Whitman) miss their bus for a field trip, their parents are forced to juggle their careers with babysitting but their nasty kids are not about to make it easy for them. The film grossed $97.5 million at the box office and was rated fairly by critics. It’s IMDb score is 6.5/10 and it received an Oscar nod for Best Original Song for its soundtrack titled “For the First Time” as performed by Kenny Loggins.
6. Full-Court Miracle (2003)
Atypical of child actors, Alex D Linz’s movie career included a handful of TV films and Full-Court Miracle is among the best rated. The Disney original movie was inspired by the story of Lamont Carr, a basketball player who was the star of his varsity team at the University of Virginia Cavaliers. Linz portrays the main character Alex Schlotsky who is also inspired by another true story – that of Chad Korpeck and Alex Barbag. The film tells the story of a group of young Jewish basketball players in a slump who are in search of a coach that would help them stand a better chance in the competitive world of basketball. Directed by Chad Korpeck and Alex Barbag, the film is rated at 5.7/10 on IMDb.
7. Home Alone 3 (1997)
Much like Culkin’s character in the first two films, Alex Pruitt (Alex D Linz) is an 8-year-old boy who defends his home from criminals affiliated with a North Korean terror group. Home Alone 3 was a commercial success and grossed almost $80 million against a budget of $32 million but was met by mixed reviews from critics. While one critic from Chicago Sun-Times firmly commented that the movie was better than the first two and thus gave it a 3/5, others greatly disagreed as seen in its 29% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and its nomination for Golden Raspberry’s Worst Remake/Sequel Award – the fact that it didn’t win the award shows that there were some good points about the movie.
8. The Jennie Project (2001)
This is another Alex D Linz movie where his character, in this case, Andrew, was friends with a chimp, this time, it is from Africa and is learning the sign language. The chimp, a female named Jennie is brought home by Andrew’s father and though their mother doesn’t not fancy it, Andrew and his siblings strike an immediate connection with their new pet. The Disney original movie is rated at 5.2/10 on IMDb.
9. Bruno (2000)
This is not to be confused with the 2009 comedy/satire film of the same name featuring Sacha Baron which unlike its namesake was less successful. Linz’s Bruno where he starred as the titular character received a mere 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Linz’s character is smarter than the kids in his class who constantly bully him. Made on a $10 million budget, the movie had limited theatrical release before being released on DVD and VHS with the title The Dress Code.
10. Max Keeble’s Big Move (2001)
Reviews for Max Keeble’s Big Move were mixed and it failed to make a profit at the box office, grossing only $18 million against a $25 million budget. Most of the criticisms were based on the fact that though it would be a great watch for kids, adults won’t find much to enjoy in it. Linz is the titular character who starts to get even with schoolmates that bully him after he learns he is to move to a new school, but the odds are against his favor as he later learns he is to remain in the school.