Director: Chris Columbus
Writer: John Hughes (Screenplay)
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, Devin Ratray
Plot: One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City – and the same criminals are not far behind.
Tagline – Yikes! I did it again!
Runtime: 2 Hours
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York starts as the McCallister family are preparing for another holiday away in Florida, Kevin (Culkin) who was forgotten last year, is being extra prepared for the trip, even though he doesn’t want to go even after having yet another clash with his older brother Buzz (Ratray).
When the family is at the airport, Kevin ends up getting the wrong flight, taking him to New York, where he finds himself alone, while his family in Florida is praying he is ok, but Kevin will come into contact with a pair of old foes, Harry (Pesci) and Marv (Stern) who has escaped prison.
Thoughts on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Thoughts – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York takes us back to the McCalister family as they look for another trip for Christmas, with the full chaos of the 14-person vacation, which will see them lose Kevin again, only this time he isn’t Home Alone, he is Alone in New York. This does make a major change to the concept of Kevin needing to operate alone to protect his home, to him seemingly just avoiding the law, and old foes. Everything in the story comes off like it could have been prevented with responsible adults around. The comedy for the most part works giving us the laughs when we need, while still managing to have the heart when Kevin gets to talk to the strangers in the neighbourhood. Macaulay Culkin did continue to prove he was one of the best child stars of all time standing out from the rest of the cast. This is still just as enjoyable for the wackiness, but does take too long to get to the best parts of the film.
Final Thoughts – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is an enjoyable but overlong sequel that does get the vital factors right.