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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

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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.

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Chris Columbus

Writers:

John Hughes (characters), John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macaulay Culkin ... Kevin McCallister
Joe Pesci ... Harry Lime
Daniel Stern ... Marv Merchants
Catherine O'Hara ... Kate McCallister
John Heard ... Peter McCallister
Devin Ratray ... Buzz McCallister
Hillary Wolf ... Megan McCallister
Maureen Elisabeth Shay Maureen Elisabeth Shay ... Linnie McCallister
Michael C. Maronna ... Jeff McCallister
Gerry Bamman ... Uncle Frank McCallister
Terrie Snell ... Aunt Leslie McCallister
Jedidiah Cohen Jedidiah Cohen ... Rod McCallister
Senta Moses Mikan ... Tracy McCallister (as Senta Moses)
Diana Rein ... Sondra McCallister (as Daiana Campeanu)
Kieran Culkin ... Fuller McCallister
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Storyline

Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New York too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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First, he was home alone, now he's lost in New York See more »


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Rated PG for comic action and mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alone Again See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,126,882, 22 November 1992

Gross USA:

$173,585,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,991,681
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 which to go home, like Harry Potter and Kevin McCallister. Columbus has ties to both the Harry Potter and Home Alone franchises. See more »

Goofs

Just before sliding into the shelves of paint, Marv leaves several footprints in the green goo. As he slides on the floor, the goo is undisturbed except for Marv's hand prints. See more »

Quotes

[Marv and Harry are climbing down a rope to get to Kevin]
Marv: [sniffing] Harry? You wearin' aftershave?
Harry: That's not aftershave, that's kerosene. The rope is soaked in it!
Marv: [chuckles] WHO would want to soak a rope in kerosene?
[Kevin strikes a match]
Kevin McCallister: Merry Christmas!
Harry: [screams] GO UP!
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Alternate Versions

When aired on TV, the scene where Kevin visits the World Trade Center is cut due to the September 11th attacks. See more »

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Soundtracks

Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
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Music by John Francis Wade
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User Reviews

 
I knew it was you, I could SMELL ya getting' off the elevata

Too many sequels suffer from Deja Vu. And hardly any of those carbon copies improve upon the original. Home Alone 2 is a carbon copy, but it's also much better and more complex a movie than the first. In another mad rush to the airport the McCallisters make a point of remembering Kevin this time. But he gets lost in a crowd at the airport and follows a man who looks like his dad onto the wrong plane. Thirteen of the McCallisters are going to Miami for Xmas (do they never stay at home?) but Kevin is headed for the Big Apple. And he's going to have that once-in-a-lifetime vacation he's been wishing for.

There's much more for Kevin to see and do in New York. He scams his way into the Plaza hotel where a suspicious Concierge (Tim Curry) gives him mighty evil looks at every encounter. He goes to Duncan's Toy Chest, the biggest toy store in town and takes many scenic photographs. Though it is a little worrying now seeing Kevin on the roof of the World Trade Centre.

But the Wet Bandits have escaped, and they have just arrived in New York with loftier ambitions and bigger heists to pull off. They even brush by Kevin a few times not knowing he's there. Typically though, once they get a hold of him the give away far too much info. Once Kevin escapes he takes matters into his own hands once more. His Aunt Georgette from the first movie is still in Paris so he uses her half-renovated home as a huge mousetrap for the bungling burglars.

The booby traps this time are much more painful and nasty, so it's all the more amusing for us. Who can possibly fail to laugh at Marv getting the shock of his life when he tries to turn on the taps? If the movie were to be released now I doubt if it would be let away with a PG rating. Still, it's nothing for any parents to worry about. Unless you fear your child is going to set your head on fire with a blowtorch.

Home Alone 2 has a more satisfying climax than the first. The film doesn't simply end once Harry and Marv are back in the slammer as there is more plot to it than that. Brenda Fricker has a (rather questionable) role as 'The Pigeon Lady' a woman who lives in Central Park and talks to no one-until Kevin reaches out. Plus Eddie Bracken shows up as Mr. Duncan and gives Kevin the best Xmas morning ever as a token of his appreciation.

With a bigger story (okay some of it re-used) and more characters and a better playground for Kevin, Home Alone 2 manages to be a superior sequel. While not excessively so. There's loads of fun to be had in Kevin's antics, and Tim Curry is downright brilliant as the mischievous Concierge.

It's a great movie on it's own but sadly it will always be called a copycat. Watch it now from a fresh perspective and you might like it more.


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