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."
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.
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.
The airport scenes were exponentially more difficult to shoot than the first film. The airport had to stay operational during filming, and Macaulay Culkin's newfound celebrity status required extra security due to fans and paparazzi. The scenes at O'Hare International Airport were filmed in February 1991, and kept their Christmas decorations up for the occasion.
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 toy store, "Duncan's Toy Chest", is named after Executive Producer Duncan Henderson. The toy store itself is the film's version of an actual New York City store, F.A.O. Schwarz. The exterior of the store is that of the Rookery Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
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".
Chris Columbus recalls during filming, "I was up on 140th Street in Harlem. It was three 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".
During production, John Hughes wrote script drafts for "Home Alone 3", in which Macaulay Culkin would return as a teenage Kevin McCallister. When he found out Culkin quit acting in 1994, he re-wrote the story from scratch.
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.
When Kevin got on the New York plane he sits next to a French man asking him if he's ever been to Florida, the man responds in French, what he said was "what's that? I'm from France and I'm a tourist here, it's my first time coming to America. Do you know a good restaurant? or maybe your parents they know a good place? why aren't you responding? you speak a bit of French right? I don't speak English at all, give me a bit of help at least. My name is Andre, what's your name?"
The Plaza Hotel used to offer "The Home Alone Experience" around Christmas where guests could pay to stay in a room similar to the room Kevin stayed in, receive Home Alone gifts including the movies, and take a limo and see some of the filming locations including the toy store used for Duncan's Toy Chest and has the floor keyboard used in "Big". The Plaza has since shut down and become apartment buildings.
In Home Alone (1990), Kevin says to Old Man Marley, "Yeah, I had a friend who got nailed because there was a rumor he wore dinosaur pajamas." At the end of this movie, Fuller is wearing dinosaur pajamas in their hotel room.
Not once during this movie or Home Alone (1990) do Harry and Marv call Kevin by name. They have no need, due to the fact that they only know the names of his parents from the details of the first film. All Harry said to refer to Kevin at the beginning of Home Alone (1990), 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.
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.
Brenda Fricker won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 1990 Oscars. Following Academy tradition, she presented her co-star Joe Pesci with his Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for Goodfellas (1990) the following year.
In the scene where Kevin visits various landmarks in New York City, the part where he visits the World Trade Center was removed from television broadcasts after 2001, out of respect for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. As of Christmas 2018, the scene at the WTC has been restored.
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.
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 of The Newlywed Game (1966) fame.
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).
A twelve-year-old Greg Sestero was so enthralled by Home Alone (1990) that he wrote a spec script for a sequel titled "Home Alone 2: Lost in Disney World". In the script, Kevin accidentally boards a plane to Florida, where he visits the titular theme park and bonds with his neighbor Drake (who Sestero intended to play) as they confront a team of bandits who have broken put of prison to work incognito as park janitors. Sestero sent his script, as well as a poster, proposals for the marketing campaign/soundtrack and a request for a cross-promotional deal between 20th Century Fox and (its future asset owner) Disney, to Hughes Entertainment, which were returned to him a month later with a letter from John Hughes reading "Believe in yourself, have patience, and always follow your heart". Sestero was inspired by Hughes' letter to pursue acting and writing professionally. Ironically, the eventual sequel bares striking similarities to Sestero's script, including the concept of Kevin being separated from his family by taking a different flight, and having to confront the Wet Bandits following their prison escape. Obviously, despite the use of Florida (where the rest of the McCallisters go on vacation), there are no references to Disney World, while the more original plot element of Kevin bonding with someone of his age was replaced with a reprise of his meeting with an older outcast as in the first film. Sestero eventually discussed the first film's influence on him and his script with Macaulay Culkin in a June 2018 episode of the latter's podcast Bunny Ears.
For the television 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 television, the time slot is extended to two and a half hours.
In the shower scene, Kevin uses an inflatable clown doll and a recording of Frank singing in the shower to fool and spook the concierge into leaving his hotel room. 2 years earlier, Tim Curry (Concierge) played the evil clown Pennywise in Stephen King's IT (1990) (TV Mini-Series).
Until Home Alone 3 (1997) came out on video, the first two Home Alone films had never been packaged together as one unit for sale. When the fourth film was released on home video, a four movie collection on DVD was also released. Any VHS tape of the fourth film is a collector's item. The first film finally got a special edition release in 2006. This movie has yet to get an updated release.
On Home Alone (1990) the Soda that we can see Fuller drink during the movie is Pepsi Cola. In this movie, they promote Coca-Cola. However when Kevin arrives to New York City, you can see a giant Pepsi Cola sign on the landscape scenes.
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.
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).
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".
When robbing the toy store, after Harry say to himself "Merry Christmas Harry", Marv says to himself "Happy Hanukkah Marv". Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration near Christmas. Daniel Stern is from a Jewish family.
Kevin gets yelled at by one of his family members for something that he did in both movies. 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 movie, for spending nine hundred sixty-seven dollars on room service at the hotel.
It's considered that Kevin McAllister is a vigilante. In both films, Kevin stops Harry and Marv (criminals) from robbing the McAllister house and stealing the Christmas charity money from Duncan's toy chest by setting traps on them. Although Kevin calls the police on Harry and Marv, Kevin is not present when Harry and Marv are arrested. A vigilante is a person who unlawfully takes the enforcement of law into his or hands and pursues and punishes persons suspected of lawbreaking.
23 years after the film's release, Macaulay Culkin returned as Kevin McAllister in :Dryvrs (2015). In the pilot of the YouTube comedy series, Jack Jack Dishel is a passenger in Kevin's car. Kevin, now a bitter, long-haired, unshaven, foul mouthed and mentally unstable adult tells Jack about the events of the 1st movie and a carjacker attempts to steal Kevin's car, but Kevin overpowers and abducts the carjacker and they drive back to Kevin's house and Kevin forces Jack to watch him torture and kill the carjacker and it ends with a bloodied Kevin screaming at the carjacker.
In the paint can scene, the third object is the swinging staircase cylinder pipe that hits Marv and Harry. When Kevin swings the pipe over the staircase it's held by a rope at each end to stay symmetrical. When Kevin goes to cut the rope after hitting Marv and Harry with the pipe to release it, he only cuts one rope in the middle holding the pipe and it falls down the stairs.
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.
It's unclear why Buzz humiliated Kevin at the school pageant by putting electric candles behind Kevin's ears. It's likely Buzz may had wanted to get back at Kevin for breaking his shelves a year earlier.
Just like in the 1st film, Buzz and Frank again bully, antagonizes and are mean to Kevin. When Kevin goes to the shower room to get his tie, Frank calls Kevin a "pervert" and threatens to "slap him silly" when Kevin overhears and records Frank singing in the showers with his Talkboy and at the family meeting, Frank calls Kevin a sourpuss and tells him to not to ruin his trip to Miami which Kevin roasts Frank and calls him a cheapskate. Buzz humiliates Kevin and ruins his solo at the school pageant and when Buzz is forced to apologize for humiliating Kevin at the school pageant at the family meeting, Buzz rudely calls Kevin a "little trout sniffer".
In the novelization for Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Watson says London is the largest and richest city in the world; Kate says New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world, and Chris Columbus scripted the other film.
In 2008, a fan video was uploaded on YouTube by Bentley Bros Productions which was a trailer of a fake sequel entitled "Home Alone: Kevin's Revenge" which a grown up Kevin whom resembles Duke Nukem from Duke Nukem 3D (1996) (VG) sets out to get his revenge on Harry and Marv where he opens fire in their apartment, attacks and tortures them.
This film borrows a few ideas from the first film. Examples include Kevin again getting into trouble with his family, Kevin being sent to the third floor room for the night, the family sleeping in, Kevin eating a cheese pizza, Kevin watching How the Grinch stole Christmas, Kevin tricking other people in this case the hotel staff that the mafia boss in Filthy Angels is talking to them directly, Kevin misunderstanding a creepy looking adult in this case the bird woman as evil, Kevin again famously setting traps for Harry and Marv and the film ending with Kevin about to be in trouble again in this case causing a massive hotel bill. In fact John Hughes and Christopher Columbus admitted the film was really more of a reboot of the previous film despite being released only 2 years after the original film.
When Kevin gets scolded for refusing to apologize to Buzz whom humiliated Kevin and ruined his solo at the school pageant, Uncle Frank nastily calls Kevin a "sourpuss" and tells him not to wreck his trip to Miami, which Kevin talks back and calls him a cheapskate. This is Kevin getting back at Frank for calling him a little jerk and standing up to him due to Frank being horrible and mean to him. It wasn't revealed in both movies why Frank despises Kevin and why he treats him so badly and treats him like Buzz does.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 comedy which is the sequel to the smash-hit 1990 film Home Alone which Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern return in their roles. In the sequel which takes place 1 year after the events of the first film, Kevin McAllister after he gets scolded for hitting his bully older brother Buzz when Buzz humiliates him during a school pageant accidentally gets separated from his family when they go on holiday to Miami and gets on the wrong plane and finds himself in NYC. But burglars Harry and Marv have escaped from prison and are also in New York City and are plotting to steal Christmas charity money from a toy store and Kevin goes vigilante and sets out to put a stop to their scheme.
The McAllister family don't learn their lesson following the events of the 1st movie. Buzz and Frank are still horrible and mean to Kevin. Buzz humiliates Kevin at the school pageant which causes Kevin to lose his cool and hit Buzz and the family again take Buzz's side over Kevin and Kevin gets punished and Buzz goes unpunished and Frank rudely calls Kevin a "sourpuss" and warns him not to ruin his holiday in Miami and Kevin accidentally gets separated from his family and gets on the wrong plane and ends up in New York City. Buzz and Frank picking on Kevin and Buzz getting Kevin in trouble which Buzz doesn't get punished is what caused Kevin to be get left home alone and accidentally getting on the wrong plane.
A doctor from a OSH (Occupational, Safety and Health) hospital diagnosed the injuries sustained in the movie and if it would be fatal or not: Injury: Bricks to the head The fun begins when Kevin tosses a series of bricks off a six story building. A total number of 4 bricks all hits Marv square on his face. While this may all be amusingly funny, that the bad guys are getting duped by an 8 year old kid, there is undoubtable physical damage done here. This type of impact can cause major head and brain injury such as, cracked skull or severe concussions. They also suffered mild brain injuries at first which can cause headaches, memory problems, nausea and confusion. The scene unfolds with them splitting up to break in through the two entry points into the "Reno House". Injury: A bunch of wrenches to the head Harry attempts to enter the house through the back door after his failed attempt to swing into the open window with the use of a hanging fire escape. As he kicks open the door, he triggers a trap that releases a bag of wrenches on his head. This physical injury caused by the impact of these tools hitting him on his head, would have left him severely concussed. Also, when the sticky bandits gets hit by a huge iron bar on their head and faces would be extremely frightening to withstand. With a severe brain injury which Harry and Marv both encountered, in real life they may suffer life-changing and debilitating problems such as cerebral, behavioral, and physical disabilities. Brain damages can be to the point where people end up in a coma or a minimally responsive state and may remain dependent on the care of others for the rest of their lives. FALLING HAZARDS: 1. Slip and Fall Injury: Slipping on slippery surfaces While attempting to break in through the back door, the stocky built burglar tries to launch himself into an open window by swinging on a hanging fire escape ladder. However, slathered in grease, Harry misses this additional risk apart from the risk of swinging the hanging ladder. He lands with a loud thud onto the ground. This falling hazard, where Harry slipped and fall, can causes a serious of physical pain, such as minor and major back injuries damage to his spinal cord and getting major neck pain. Essentially, another scene that presented a slip and trip incident was when Harry and Marv first chased Kevin out of Duncan's Toy Chest (the toy store). Kevin, being the smart kid that he was, bought some pearl necklaces and dispersed the string of pearls on the wet sidewalk causing the sticky bandits to slip and fall on their backsides as he makes his escape. This hazard could've led to a sprained ankle or a broken limb for the least. It may lead to an injury to the ligaments or muscles in the back such as a strain. Also, a fracture or dislocation of the spine can cause a spinal cord injury and this can be a pretty tough pain to bear. Additionally, there was scene in the latter part of the movie when Kevin falls on ice. Most of the time, falling on ice can lead to a strain of some of the deep muscles in the back. 2. Step and Fall Injury: Falling face first on concrete floor Marv, after making it through the front door, takes a step in unknown that there is a gaping hole through the middle of the floor. He falls through 15 feet landing in the basement on an open concrete floor. This is without a doubt a major design flaw on a walking surface, where Marv encounters the hazard of stepping and falling due to a design flaw. This type of hazard causes serious bodily physical harm to the human body, such as neck, back and head injuries. Following up was the scene where Marv slips on the green gooey stuff on the floor and he encountered a pretty bad fall where he skid straight into a shelf with paint jars. This can cause a lot of bodily harm and the paint all over his body and face can cause skin irritations and a burning sensation in his eyes which can result in blindness. Also the weight of the shelf can cause serious damage to his body. In addition, Harry also makes a fall flat on his face when he decides to follow Kevin up a faulty ladder (ladder misuse causes up to 16% of all fatalities and 24% of all non-fatal injuries in USA). This can lead to serious concussions to the head and severe damage to the lower back. One can suffer the consequences of not being able to walk properly or even walk at all. Once again, Marv takes the fall for this one. He refuses to give up chasing the little kid and essentially sees a rope hanging from the floor above and thinks he can use it to get to the top but little does he know that Kevin tied the rope around a 100lb bag of cement. He tried testing to see if it was faulty before actually climbing as he thought he had a chance to succeed. However, the first attempt that Marv made to pull himself up, the 100lb bag of cement came crashing down on him. Not only is this a falling hazard but it can also be a chemical hazard since the cement bag burst on Marv and he was covered. The particles could have entered his body through inhalation, absorption or ingestion. This could have also been a toxic/ acute effect since it was a severe exposure level (100lbs) and it happened in one incident. As funny as this scene was, can you imagine getting a sack of flour on you head? A sack of flour is heavy and can lead to brain damage which causes destruction or deterioration of brain cells. In the U.S., every year, about 2.6 million people have some type of brain injury -- whether as a result of trauma, stroke, tumor, or other illnesses, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. About 52,000 die as a result of traumatic brain injury, and more than 5 million Americans who've suffered traumatic brain injury require assistance in performing daily activities. Injury: Falling from a height on a car Hysterical as it seemed in our greatest movie, when Harry falls on the car after their unsuccessful attempt of robbing the toy store, this incident in reality can lead to death, worst case scenario. Someone can result in fractured body parts, brain damage and also endure major cuts and bruises from all the broken glass .Marv and Harry makes this movie comedic perfection, however in reality they would be dead. Falling is one of the leading cause of accidental deaths and is a major cause of personal injury. A victim may be hospitalized with broken arms and legs and may also suffer severe brain damage. ELECTRICAL HAZARD: Injury: Electrocuted through contact open conduction After Marv's encounter with the shelves of interior paint, he seeks to wash his face by attempting to open a faucet located in the basement. However, he falls into another trap set by Kevin, where the facets are connected to and electric plan, where electricity is flowing and conducting through the metal faucets. As he touches the iron faucet, he gets shocks so violently, his skeleton is visible for a few seconds. Can you imagine what that felt like? No? Me neither. Let me elaborate I've been shocked a few times but never to that extreme. The inherent danger of electrical shock is no laughing matter as it often results in serious injury and can even be fatal. If you're shocked to the point where your skeleton really shows in real life, you're dead! This hazard is majorly dangerous as the resulting injury can be death. Burns are usually most severe at the points of contact with the electrical source and the ground. In addition to burn injuries, Marv can encounter internal and spine injuries as well. Pain in a hand or foot or deformity of a part of the body may indicate broken bones resulting from the devastating electric shock. About 1000 people in the United States die each year as a result of electrocution (death caused by electric shock.) FIRE HAZARDS: Injury: Blow torch to the head At this point a very unlucky Harry makes his way into the house after getting sacked with a bag full of wrenches. As he makes his way through the house, safely pulling on a series of light strings, he lets his guard down and pulls the last one in the bathroom without being cautious. As he does, it ignites a blow torch that is strategically aimed for the back of his head. His highly flammable knitted cotton cap is then caught on fire. When he realizes, he falls into another well laid trap by Kevin. He strategically maneuvers himself to do a hand stand on the toilet bowl in an effort to extinguish his head. Unknown to him, Kevin swapped the water with kerosene! Well we can all imagine what happened after this, an explosion. Literally, the entire ground floor of the apartment building is filled with flames. For sure there is no way Harry escaped with minor injuries. Fire hazards like this can result in severe burns to the body as well as respiratory injuries due to the inhalation of the smoke and in this particular scene Harry would have been burnt to death. Also, in one of the scenes of the movie, Marv and Harry were climbing down the rope soaked with kerosene and Kevin strikes a match and flames just spread. In reality, burns can result from this. Picture this! You on a rope soaked with gas and it's on fire. My vision would be death. This would be a very scary and body-trembling experience to be in. I'm sure everyone can agree that coming to think of it, the movie portrayed some horrible accidents. The first point one should note about biological hazards is that there are three major routes of entry for microorganisms to enter the body; the respiratory system, transmission through contact with body fluids of the infected or contact with a contaminated object. The last one pertains to this scene. In the specific scene where Marv pulls the doorknob in the house and gets nails shot at him on his thigh and nose, this was a really good laugh. However, in veracity, Marv could have suffered some form of disease due to the rusty nail. It may have bacteria contained in it and could lead to severe illness when it comes into contact with his blood. Also, he can undergo skin irritation and infections and this may also leave his thigh and face swollen and bruised. It can also be poisonous therefore Marv would have suffered the consequences of poisoning and even so death. Also, at the ending of the movie where Harry and Marv was about to get caught, the pigeon lady in the park helped Kevin get away by throwing all the pigeon food on both bandits. A flock of pigeons crowded them and began picking them. As we all know, pigeons are extremely filthy to say the least. There are over 60 diseases that birds and their droppings (bird poop) can carry. Avian flu is most common but there is also candidiasis which is a yeast or fungus infection spread by pigeons. Together with this, histoplasmosis is a type of respiratory disease that may be lethal. It results from a fungus growing in dried bird droppings. So as funny as this particular scene was, in reality it would have been a serious chaotic incident. Chemical hazards can come in all three states of matter (solid, liquid and gas); which makes it one of the more dangerous and harder to spot, types of hazards. They can also be categorized under the headings; flammability, re-activity and health. In other words, how easily the chemical can be ignited, whether the chemical will react to external elements, potentially inflicting bodily harm or the overall effects on one's health due to exposure to such chemicals. In the movie, chemical hazards were observed in all three forms of matter. Looking at the gas hazards, paint and varnish fumes would be quite strong in the renovation house, not to mention the fact there was very limited ventilation. This would have led to lightheaded-ness, dizziness, burning eyes, faint feeling among other things. Another vital and extremely dangerous gas is the carbon emissions from cars as Kevin, Harry and Marv made there was around the streets of New York. This health hazard is sometimes overlooked ,but can lead to serious medical issues with long term exposure, not to mention the volume of vehicular traffic on the streets of New York. There was also a number of liquid chemical hazards used in the movie. Firstly, kerosene was used to soak the rope the boys were rappelling down, and seconds later we saw the direct flammability hazard as mentioned above when Kevin ignited the rope with a lit match, which quickly burnt the entire rope into flames. On the topic of flammability liquids, lighter fluid was also put into a toilet bowl which caused a huge explosion when Harry stuck his already burning beanie into it. There was also tins of paint throughout the house, some of which where spilled on Marv, getting into his mouth and eyes. This could have had the potential to impair his vision and cause malfunctioning of his internal organs such as his heart, lungs and nervous system. The green slime used to make the fire escape ladder and basement floors extremely slippery is also worth mentioning, though it might be seen as a slip, trip and fall hazard, the potential for internal bodily harm exist if someone were to ingest this poisonous liquid. Lastly, dust particles (solids), which were evident in both the theatre and Kevin's aunt and uncle's house which was being renovated. Some of the contributors to the dust would have been rubble from the deconstruction, as well as cement and drywall. As we know, exposure to cement dust can lead to lung function impairment, lung disease and also affect your heart, liver, colon, stomach and other organs. The floors and trash shoot would have had a heavy layer of dust from the renovations, not to mention the saw dust and wood shavings which would have also been raised as the three made their way around the house
Frank Oz: After Harry Lime and Marv Merchants 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. Frank Oz places money into the red donation can and walks away.
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 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 backlot, Brownstone Street.
Donald 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 dollars in 1988, but sold a controlling interest to Saudi and Asian investors for 325 million dollars in 1995, retaining a management and policy-setting role in the hotel's operations.
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)).
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.
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.
This, and the original Home Alone, feature a character the audience is tricked into thinking he or she is mysterious and dangerous, but eventually ends up helping Kevin in the end defeat Harry and Marv. The original had Old Man Marley, and this movie featured the Pigeon Lady.
At exactly the 21 minute mark of the film, Kevin is seen walking up the steps, and continue to walk through the middle of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, which both would be completely destroyed in the 911 attacks, just nine-years later.