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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
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KEVIN!!! YOU SPENT $967 ON ROOM SERVICE!?!?! - Peter McCallister
Genre: Comedy
Family
Holiday
Directed By: Chris Columbus
Produced By: John Hughes
Written By: John Hughes
Based On: Characters by John Hughes
Starring: Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci
Daniel Stern
Catherine O'Hara
John Heard
Tim Curry
Rob Schneider
Brenda Fricker
Dana Ivey
Eddie Bracken
Cinematography: Julio Macat
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: November 20, 1992
Runtime: 121 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $28 million
Box Office: $359 million
Franchise: Home Alone
Prequel: Home Alone
Sequel: Home Alone 3


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series and the sequel to the 1990 film Home AloneMacaulay Culkin reprises his role as Kevin McCallister, while Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern reprise their roles as the Wet Bandits, now known as the Sticky Bandits. Catherine O'Hara and John Heard reprise their roles as Kevin's parents. New cast includes Tim Curry, Rob SchneiderDana Ivey, Brenda Fricker, and Eddie Bracken are also featured. Home Alone 3, featuring a new cast of characters, was released in 1997.

Plot

After snarky youth Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City -- while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man's toy store just before Christmas.

Why It Should Be Found In New York

  1. Most of the cast members from the first film came back to reprise their roles in this film.
  2. The idea of Kevin accidentally going to New York and being determined to stop Harry and Marv from robbing a toy store is pretty entertaining.
  3. Macaulay Culkin still does a great job as Kevin McCallister.
  4. Harry and Marv are still absolutely hilarious. In fact, while these two still screw up their plans anyway, there were moments where Harry was the first to realize how they shouldn't make the same stupid mistakes again when chasing after Kevin and had fun with their finest hour of outsmarting some of Kevin's plans, this is a prime example.
  5. Tim Curry, Rob Schneider (in one of his early roles), and Dana Ivey have done great performances as the hotel employees.
  6. Perhaps one of the funniest scenes in the movie is when Kevin uses the mob film to trick the hotel staff, especially with how one of the names the gangsters mentions is the name of an employee.
  7. John Williams' musical score from the first film is used at the beginning again and composed new music for this film.
  8. Chris Columbus did a great job for directing this movie.
  9. The timeless song "Somewhere in My Memory" returns.
  10. The song "Christmas Star" is as emotional and beautiful as "O Holy Night", though slightly lighthearted.
  11. The booby traps like from the previous movie, it's still relatable.
  12. Memorable quotes like "I believe you, but my Tommy gun don't!" and "KEVIN! YOU SPENT $967 ON ROOM SERVICE?!"
  13. The film permanently ended the Home Alone franchise with the highest note to the franchise as the movie has no sequel bait ending to the franchise.
  14. "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal! (machine gun noises) And A Happy New Year!"

Bad Qualities

  1. There are tons of rehashes from the first movie, such as:
    • Buzz starts a problem by angering Kevin, thus causing problems, and everyone blames Kevin for it while Buzz suffers no consequences.
    • Kevin's family (only Buzz and Uncle Frank) is still cruel to him, and even his parents are still neglectful and, of course, they kept on blaming him for everything that's out of his control.
    • The family oversleeps and rushes to the airport.
    • One of the airport vans runs over a statuette.
    • Kevin gets separated from his family after an argument.
    • There is a misunderstood old person who looks scary at first, but turns out to be quite friendly.
    • Kevin uses a black-and-white gangster film to trick others into believing that they're talking to a gunman.
    • Kevin plans to outsmart Marv and Harry.
    • Kevin watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
    • Kevin eating ice cream when watching a gangster film.
    • Marv and Harry's screwups ensuing.
    • Kevin repeats a few lines from the previous film like "I don't think so."
    • The mother is the first family to reunite with Kevin, after he's been abandoned.
    • Kevin gets into trouble at the end.
    • Speaking of rehashes, this movie would have prevented itself from rehashing the first film a bit with Buzz being the secondary main protagonist with Kevin alongside. That would have worked, but no one used that idea, let alone miss out on such a great opportunity.
  2. No Home Alone poster: This is one of the only movies to not have the protagonist scream in the poster, as depicts Kevin acting shocked while reading a newspaper instead.
  3. Marv and Harry's antics are more hit-or-miss now than in the first movie. They have also become more of a punching bag then before, even if they are still the villains.
    • Especially the scene where Marv gets electrocuted and his skeleton briefly shows, which can be a bit creepy sometimes, despite being very hilarious at the same time.
  4. Although the siblings (except Buzz) and cousins don't actually torment Kevin unlike the first film, they have much smaller roles.
  5. Misleading Title: The movie is called Home Alone 2, but Kevin isn't home alone at all in the movie. In fact, the title was originally gonna be called Alone Again, which would've been a much better title.
    • Although you could argue that the movie's subtitle "Lost in New York" does work with the plot since Kevin does eventually get lost in New York.
  6. It is unknown if the family returned to Chicago after the film ended.
  7. Unfortunately as of 2022, this is the last Home Alone film that many people consider to be good. Every subsequent film after this, were all poorly received.

Reception

While Home Alone 2: Lost in New York received mixed reviews from critics, with the performances were praised, but criticism was levelled towards its darker tone, use of violence and similarities to the first film, it received positive reviews from audiences and fans alike and is considered better than the latter four sequels. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 35% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "A change of venue – and more sentimentality and violence – can't obscure the fact that Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a less inspired facsimile of its predecessor.". According to Metacritic, which assigned a weighted average of 46 out of 100 based on 22 critics, the film received "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.

Like its predecessor, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York has gained a strong cult following.

Trivia

  • In the first film, it is mentioned several times that Kevin is 8 years old. In this film, he mentions that he is 10 years old. However, it is mentioned several times that this film only takes place a year after the first one.
  • The working title for this sequel was Alone Again.
  • Donald Trump makes a cameo in this movie. Kevin asks him for directions to the reception office.
  • There has been many unofficial followups to this movie starting Macaulay Culkin, one includes Adult Kevin becoming a psychopath who loves to torture thieves.

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