Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Home Alone 2 can be found here.

Nine-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is left alone when he mistakenly boards a plane to New York while his family is on a Christmas vacation trip to Miami, Florida. Using his father's credit cards, Kevin gets a room at the Plaza Hotel. Unfortunately, he encounters the Wet Bandits, Harry Lime (Joe Pesci) and Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern), who have escaped from prison and are plotting a new heist at E.F. Duncan's (Eddie Bracken) Toy Store.

No. The first movie in the Home Alone series, Home Alone (1990), was based on a screenplay by producer John Hughes. The first three movies have subsequently been novelized by Todd Strasser. The concept for Home Alone came from a scene in Uncle Buck (1989) in which Macaulay Culkin, who plays Miles Russell in Uncle Buck and Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2, fires off a series of questions to a would-be-babysitter through a letterbox opening in the front door. Due to the success of Home Alone and Home Alone 2, three more sequels have since been released: Home Alone 3 (1997), Home Alone 4 (2002), and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012).

As usual, the McCallisters' alarm doesn't go off (since father Peter (John Heard) unintentionally reset it by unplugging it), so it's a mad dash to O'Hare Airport to make their plane. Kevin stops to put some batteries in his Talkboy, then follows a man wearing the same camel-colored overcoat as his dad, thinking that the man IS his dad. Unfortunately, the man is on his way to New York City. The gate attendant does not see that Kevin is getting on the wrong plane because she dropped all the tickets just after Kevin handed over his ticket. Kevin is allowed to board when he points out the man in the overcoat and identifies him from behind as his father. The gate closes behind him and, before he knows it, Kevin is in the air.

He says that he is from France and that this is his first trip to America. Then he asks if there are any good places to eat and also asks if Kevin knows any French and states that he doesn't know English. After that, Kevin puts in his Talkboy earplugs. It's because the man doesn't speak English and Kevin has his earplugs in when the stewardess says "Welcome aboard American Airlines' Flight 176 nonstop to New York" that Kevin does not realize he's on the wrong airplane.

Harry Lime (Joe Pesci) and Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern), the thieves who called themselves the "Wet Bandits" when they were working Chicago last Christmas, broke out of jail during a prison riot and relocated to New York. A headline of their escape can be seen on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times when it blows against the front door of the McCallister house the night before they leave for Miami. The "Wet Bandits" have renamed themselves the "Sticky Bandits" because Marv has come up with a new gimmick of pasting double-sided tape on his gloves so that, when he sticks his hand in a purse, his gloves will come out covered with loot.

Indeed it was. When Kevin first enters the Plaza Hotel, he stops a man to ask him where the reception desk is located. That man is multimillionaire businessman Donald Trump.

It was called Angels with Even Filthier Souls. It's the sequel to Angels with Filthy Souls, the movie that Kevin was watching on video cassette in Home Alone. Both movies were created for Home Alone. However, they were patterned after a real movie...Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) starring James Cagney.

No. Although Duncan's Toy Chest is based on a real store (FAO Schwarz), the shop used in the film does not exist.

The Twelve Days of Christmas, in which the recipient gets from her true love: 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

When he realizes that he's landed in New York City, Kevin hires a cab and goes on a tour. One of the places he stops is Chinatown, where he can be seen coming out of Quong Yuen Shing & Co and stuffing two packets of firecrackers in his bag.

How does the movie end?

After walking the streets of New York City in search of her son, Kate (Catherine O'Hara) realizes that a brave and resourceful kid like Kevin would go to Rockefeller Square on Christmas Eve, so she heads over there. Meanwhile, Kevin has also made it to Rockefeller Square. As he stands in front of the tall Christmas tree, praying to see his mother again, she shows up. 'That was fast!' Kevin exclaims. 'How did you know I was here?' he asks, and Kate replies, I know you and Christmas trees, and this is the biggest one around.' Christmas morning in their Plaza Hotel suite, the McAllisters are awakened to find a big tree and dozens of presents under it, all from Mr Duncan (Eddie Bracken). In appreciation of Kevin screwing up again, Buzz (Devin Ratray) allows him to open the first present. When the rest of the family starts digging in, Kevin quietly slips out and goes over to Central Park where he puts one of the turtle doves in the hand of the pigeon lady (Brenda Fricker), explaining that, as long as they each have one, they'll be friends forever. 'I won't forget you,' Kevin promises. In the final scene, the bellman (Rob Schneider) delivers Kevin's hotel bill. Peter can be heard shouting, 'Kevin, you spent $967 on room service?!'

Who is The Pigeon Lady?

The Pigeon Lady tells Kevin that before she had become homeless, she had a family, a job, and a home, but her husband had fallen out of love with her, which left her with a broken heart. She ran away when the chance to be loved again came along, but eventually she stopped trusting people. She dealt with it by taking care of the pigeons in park, which led to her becoming homeless. People ignore her, however, when they see her and they prefer that she not be a part of their city.

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