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Macaulay Culkin was paid $4.5 million to star in this movie, the biggest paycheck ever to a 12 year-old child.
Several of the cameras froze during production of the film because it was so cold.
This movie was actually shot at the Plaza in a Central Park suite. The phone number given for the Plaza in the movie was an actual working number.
All of the children who appeared in the toy store scene were allowed to take their favorite toy home as part of their salary. Even though it didn't work, Macaulay Culkin was allowed to keep the Talkboy.
The only Home Alone film to feature real snow. A snow machine was used for certain scenes but a blizzard engulfed the set before the shoot, providing more snow than anticipated.
The swimming pool scene was shot at the Four Seasons in Chicago, Illinois due to the fact that the Plaza Hotel doesn't have a swimming pool located on-site.
In Home Alone (1990), Kevin watches a movie called "Angels with Filthy Souls." In this sequel, he watches that film's sequel, "Angels with Even Filthier Souls."
Entertainment Weekly had a doctor analyze what the actual effects of the injuries to Harry and Marv would be. Bricks to the face would have caused "at best, brain damage, at worst, death."
After one scene, Macaulay Culkin asked Joe Pesci why he never smiled. Pesci told him to shut up. At the time, Pesci said, "He's pampered a lot by a lot of people, but not me. And I think he likes that."
Kevin's room service bill indicates that he ordered two chocolate cakes, six chocolate mousses with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream topped with M&Ms, chocolate sprinkles, cherries, nuts, marshmallows, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, whipped cream, and bananas, six custard flans, a pastry cart, eight strawberry tarts, and 36 chocolate-covered strawberries.
A real version of the Talkboy, the tape recorder Kevin plays with in the movie, was created by Tiger Electronics shortly after the film's release (along with its pink-and-purple counterpart, the Talkgirl).
The scene when the man sitting next to Kevin on the plane starts speaking in French is translated into Spanish on the DVD's French audio setting.
The airport scenes were exponentially more difficult to shoot than the first film, because not only did they have to stay operational during filming, but Macaulay Culkin's new-found celebrity required extra protection for him from fans and paparazzi.
The hotel operator with whom Kevin makes a reservation pretending to be his father is played by Chris Columbus' wife, Monica Devereux.
Director Chris Columbus admits on the audio commentary for Home Alone (1990) this film was "to some extent" a remake of the first film.
The toy store - "Duncan's Toy Chest" - is named after the executive producer Duncan Henderson. The toy store itself is the film's version of an actual New York City store, FAO Schwarz. The exterior of the store is that of the Rookery Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
John Candy was at one point going to do a cameo in this movie.
The carpeting was removed from The Plaza lobby for one scene so that Macaulay Culkin could slip and slide on the floor. Plaza owner Donald J. Trump liked it so much, he never replaced it.
The address of Uncle Rob and Aunt Georgette's house that's being renovated is 51 W. 95th St. This address is on the Upper West Side, a half-block from Central Park.
In the original Home Alone (1990), Marv says "Kids are a-scared of the dark". In the sequel, he says almost the same line when Kevin goes into Central Park, changing just one letter and saying "Kids are a-scared of the park".
Macaulay Culkin's brother Kieran Culkin plays the role of the bed-wetting cousin, Fuller.
Not once during this movie or Home Alone (1990) do Harry and Marv call Kevin by name. They have no need to due to the fact that they only know the names of his parents from the details of the first film. All Harry saw at the beginning of Home Alone was a whiny kid who was pitching a fit. The bag that Kevin is holding in front of Duncan's Toy Chest only has the last name and initial on it.
McDonald's made Happy Meal commercials themed with the movie, after its unsuccessful Batman Returns (1992) market, earlier that same year.
Macaulay Culkin was living with his family in Manhattan at the time of production.
Coca-Cola products make several appearances in the film, including in scenes when Kevin rides a limousine and when Kevin's cousin Fuller wakes up at the Plaza Hotel. Notably, Pepsi products appeared in Home Alone (1990) instead.
This was veteran character actor Ralph Foody's last film.
Michael Jackson visited Macaulay Culkin on the set.
Daniel Stern said a pigeon really flew into his mouth. "That was revolting."
Catherine O'Hara was worried her character wasn't trying hard enough to find Kevin. Scenes were added to show her concern. O'Hara said she practiced her "guilty-sad" face at home.
Harry and Marv's conversation at the ice rink was shot at Central Park's Wollman Rink. The Essex House shown is on Central Park South in Manhattan.
The concert hall where Kevin is watching an orchestra concert is presumably Carnegie Hall. In truth, it's Orchestra Hall in downtown Chicago.
American Airlines had product placement in the film with the McCallisters making their trip on the airline's two Boeing 767s. The airline became part of the film's release on home video.
Brenda Fricker joked that kids she meets were never impressed by her acting work until this film.
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Throughout the course of the film, Marv steals seven items in broad daylight: mittens, one scarf, one cowboy hat, one wrapped present, earmuffs, a beanie and a handful of change from the bell-ringer's kettle.
Chris Columbus studied 1930s and 1940s film noir to make the Angels With Filthier Souls scenes more authentic.
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Chris Columbus recalls during filming, "I was up on 140th Street in Harlem it was 3 in the morning and I was walking to get a cup of coffee these two young kids come up to me and they said, "What's the name of the movie?" I said "Home Alone 2" and they said, "What do you do?" and I said "I'm the director", they said, "Oh, you're John Hughes".
Although it is never mentioned at any point in the film, the names of the Plaza Hotel's concierge, played by Tim Curry is Mr. Hector; and the name of the desk clerk, played by Dana Ivey is Ms. Hester Stone.
An advertisement for Duncan's Toy Chest can be seen as Marv and Harry come up from the subway.
John Hughes said he took the sequel "very seriously" and wrote multiple drafts of the script. "I decided New York was a great place to lose him. It's a huge city. The kid can get in lots of trouble."
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During production, John Hughes wrote script drafts for a Home Alone 3 (1997) where Macaulay Culkin would return as a teenage Kevin McCallister, but when he found out Macaulay quit acting in 1994, he rewrote the story from scratch.
The McCallisters live at 671 Lincoln Blvd. Winnetka, IL Phone: 555-1658.
Chris Columbus recalled that the production spent a lot of money on artificial snow for Central Park and then New York City had a blizzard.
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In Home Alone (1990), Kevin says to Marley, "...Yeah, I had a friend who got nailed because there was a rumour he wore dinosaur pyjamas." At the end of Home Alone 2, Fuller is wearing dinosaur pyjamas in their hotel room.
Both Home Alone (1990) and this sequel show scenes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966).
The show Kevin is watching in the first scene is a fictitious game show called Ding Dang Dong. Appropriately, it was taped on the set of an actual game show called '$100,000 Fortune Hunt--Illinois'. The host in that scene is Bob Eubanks from The Newlywed Game (1966).
Brenda Fricker's character the 'pigeon woman' is based on the 'old bird woman' from Mary Poppins (1964).
Kevin's homemade booby traps may reflect Chris Columbus' love of James Bond style gadgetry, which crop up in scripts he's written for films like Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985) and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), all for Steven Spielberg, who's also a James Bond fan.
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For the T.V. version, about twenty minutes of the film is edited in very small sections because the film is exactly two hours. In order to watch the full version on T.V., the time slot is extended to two and a half hours.
Ally Sheedy was considered for the role of Kate McCallister in the first film. But she has a cameo as a NY Ticket Agent in this film.
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The child that Marv and Harry catch in the park is wearing a near identical hat that Kevin wore in the Home Alone (1990).
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Only film in the series where the kid isn't actually in his own home.
In the scene where Kevin visits various landmarks in New York, the part where he visits the World Trade Center was removed from TV broadcasts after 2001 out of respect for the victims of the September 11th attacks.
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Chris Columbus said Macaulay Culkin was an incredibly charming kid on both Home Alone films.
After Chris Columbus finished this film, he wanted a new project, and was sent the script for Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).
A deleted scene featured Kevin having a similar aftershave scene in the Plaza like in the original. Chris Columbus cut the scene for two reasons: The film was already two hours long and he was afraid that people would accuse this film of being a remake rather than a sequel to -Home Alone (1990).
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The conductor for the orchestra Kevin and the Pigeon Lady are watching is Celine Dion's husband and manager Rene Angelil.
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The turtle doves were created for the movie by John Perry, known for his sculptures of sea life.
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TRADE MARK ( John Hughes ) [four-flusher]: In 'Angels with Even Filthier Souls', Johnny calls a girl this.
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The original working title was Alone Again.
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Up until after the release of Home Alone 3 (1997), the first two Home Alone films were not seen packaged together as one unit for purchase. This wouldn't come until after the fourth film was released on home video, thus creating it a four movie collection on DVD, which has been long out of print. With this in consideration, it would also make any VHS tapes of the fourth film a collectors item. The first film finally got it's special edition release in 2006 while Home Alone 2: Lost In New York has get it's own updated release.
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Chicago-area band Enuff Z'nuff recorded their song 'Happy Holiday' to be used in the film, however the producers ultimately used Darlene Love's 'All Alone On Christmas,' so the band put the song on their "Peach Fuzz" album. It has also appeared on several "hair metal" Christmas compilations, including "We Wish You A Hairy Christmas" and "Monster Ballads Xmas".
In the first film the McCallisters are headed to France when they forget Kevin. In this film when Kevin boards the plane to New York he's seated next to a man who only speaks French.
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The first two Home Alone films are not the only John Hughes films that Ralph Foody has been in. He's from Chicago, so he's a natural choice for appearing in a Hughes movie. More notably, he plays the old man who steals the ring from Jim Belushi in Curly Sue (1991).
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Harry Lime (Joe Pesci) is also the name of Orson Welles' character in The Third Man (1949).
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Donald Trump is the only known American president to ever be in a Home Alone movie.
To be factual, there are at least two different models of the recorder, but only one of the two was used on screen.
The McCallister family lives in Chicago, Illinois, and therefore flew out of O'Hare International Airport. Similarly named Catherine O'Hara starred as the matriarch of the family, Kate McCallister.
During the Christmas pageant scene at the beginning of the movie, when the lady playing the piano is knocked over by the prop Christmas tree, the stunt was performed by a male stuntman with visible 5 o'clock shadow (although that does not count as a goof). This fact is not obvious when watching the scene at regular speed, but it is visible when watching the scene in slow motion.
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The revolver Harry pulls out on Kevin at the end in Central Park is a Colt Police Positive.
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When Chris Columbus scripted Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Watson believed Holmes obsessed over a case even at Christmas because unlike other boys his age he had no family to go home to, like Harry Potter and Kevin McCallister. Columbus has ties to both the Harry Potter and Home Alone franchises.
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Both this and the original Home Alone feature a character the audience is tricked into thinking he/she is mysterious and dangerous but eventually ends up helping Kevin in the end defeat both Harry and Marv. The original had Old Man Marley and this sequel featured the Pigeon Lady.
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In the orginal, the Mcallisters mistakenly count a neighbor kid whom they think is Kevin. In this film Kevin follows a man whom he thinks is his father Peter to the wrong plane.
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On Home Alone (1990) the Soda that we can see Fuller drink during the movie is Pepsi Cola. In Home Alone 2 they promote Coca-Cola. However when Kevin arrives to New York City, you can see a giant Pepsi Cola sign on the landscape scenes.
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Brenda Fricker won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 1990 Oscars. Following Academy tradition, she presented her costar Joe Pesci with his Best Supporting Actor award for "Goodfellas" the following year.
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Kevin gets yelled at by one of his family members for something that he did earlier in this sequel and in the original movie. Kevin gets yelled at by Buzz at the end of the original for destroying his room and yelled at by his dad at the end of this sequel for spending $967 on room service at the hotel.
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When Chris Columbus was the topic on an episode of Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009) and they were talking about Home Alone (1990), they showed clips from Home Alone 2 instead.
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Despite the title Kevin is not really home alone but rather in New York alone.
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In the novelization for Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Watson says London is the largest and richest city in the world; Kate says New York is one of the biggest cities in the world and director Chris Columbus scripted the other film.
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Cameo 

Donald J. Trump: makes an appearance in the Plaza lobby where Kevin asks him for directions. Donald Trump owned the hotel during the making of this film. He bought it from The Childs Company (now called Sonesta) for $407.5 million in 1988, but sold a controlling interest to Saudi and Asian investors for $325 million in 1995, retaining a management and policy-setting role in the hotel's operations.
Frank Oz: After Harry Lime (Joe Pesci) and Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern) leave the fish market and walk down the sidewalk, Marv steals money from the red donation can. Right after Marv says "Now we're the sticky bandits" the scene changes and you can catch a brief glimpse of Frank Oz placing money into the red donation can and walking away.
Eleanor Columbus: Chris Columbus' daughter is the little girl in the toy store.
Ally Sheedy: The airport gate agent talking on the phone.

Director Cameo 

Chris Columbus: Holding a child and pointing to a stack of toys when the camera shows Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) walking through the toy store.

Director Trademark 

Chris Columbus: [It's a Wonderful Life] Home Alone (1990) and this film, both directed by Columbus, and Gremlins (1984), scripted by Columbus, all feature video clips from It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to Daniel Stern, his first take for the scene where Marv gets electrocuted using the sink made Chris Columbus laugh so hysterically, he couldn't yell "cut!" even after Stern had collapsed on the floor and finished the scene.
The "pigeon attack" sequence was filmed on March 25, 1992. According to Joe Pesci, the crew covered him and Daniel Stern with real birdseed and about 300 pigeons.
The renovated house where Kevin sets up his traps is not actually in New York City. All the scenes of the house and the surrounding neighborhood were filmed at the Hollywood back-lot, Brownstone Street.
When the camera first pans up the Rockefeller Christmas tree at the end of the film, the star and two illuminated windows form the Hughes Entertainment logo.
Brenda Fricker presented Joe Pesci his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Goodfellas (1990) at The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991). In this film, her character presents his (and Daniel Stern's) with a shower of bird-seed, followed by a flock of hungry pigeons.
The bottle called Monster Soap that Kevin buys at Duncan's Toy Chest is the green substance used for the ladder which Harry slips off, as well as what Marv slips off in the basement.
In the beginning of the novelization, a prologue, which ends up being Marv's nightmare in prison, he and Harry sneak away from the cops and return to Kevin's house to seek revenge on Kevin. Kevin bolts into the garage with Marv and Harry in hot pursuit. Harry and Marv end up triggering extra traps that Kevin had set up in the garage. Kevin watches as Marv ends up triggering a trap where a running lawnmower falls on his head (This was a trap featured in Home Alone 3 (1997)).
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In the trailer, when Harry stumbles into the duffel bag trap containing the tools, it shows all the tools falling on him. Then the last one falls out and knocks him to the ground. In the movie itself, Harry is immediately knocked to the ground when the tools fall out.
It was originally scripted that Kevin was going to rain down more paint cans down the stairs.
The location in the park by the large fountain where Kevin escapes from Harry and Marv was later used in the film Mr. Deeds (2002) when Deeds and Babe share stories and see the firetrucks they follow.

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