Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the sequel to the hit Christmas film Home Alone, was released on this day in 1992. The movie, which stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern, is now 31 years old.
Like the original, the film was directed by Chris Columbus and written and produced by John Hughes. It raked in over $359 million at the box office on a $28 million budget, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 1992.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York received mixed reviews from critics. The film was well-received for its humor and for the performances of the three leads. The new setting, New York City, was also praised.
However, some critics felt that the film didn’t do enough to differentiate from the plot of the original. The revved-up violence in the film was also shunned by some critics.
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‘Home Alone 2’ Still Beloved 31 Years Later
In the film, Kevin McCallister (Culkin) accidentally boards the wrong plane and ends up in New York City. His family, on a different plane, winds up in Florida.
Alone in the big city, Kevin uses his father’s credit card to check into a luxury hotel. There he crosses paths with his old foes, the villains from the first film, Harry and Marv. Harry and Marv are, of course, played perfectly by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
Harry and Marv plan to rob a toy store on Christmas Eve and Kevin must once again outsmart them to protect himself and the store. Kevin once again terrorizes the burglars by setting up a series of booby traps in an abandoned townhouse. He also makes a few new friends along the way, including a “pigeon lady” in Central Park who helps remind him of the meaning of family.
The film has even more slapstick humor than the first. And it’s a lot more violent, to say the least. But it’s a must-watch for many every holiday season.
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