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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, created by John Hughes: a Film Review


Its Christmas again and the McCallister family is once again jetting off on vacation.  This time to Miami.  As usual they end up late to get in the cars to go to the airport…but luckily this year Kevin doesn’t get left behind.

As the family rushes to reach their plane somehow Kevin gets separated from the group and ends up on a flight to New York City.  When he arrives, he realizes he is once again without his family.  When the McCallister family gets to Miami they discover that Kevin didn’t make it onto their plane.  As they try to find their son, Kevin takes off on a whirl wind adventure in the Big Apple (with his father’s credit cards and cash he has from the bag he accidently took with him).

While exploring the city Kevin discovers his arch-nemeses have escaped from prison, he ends up chased from the hotel, and has to protect a toy store from thieves.  Will his ingenuity keep him safe in the town that never sleeps? Or with the children’s hospital go without one of their largest donations of the year?

General Information:

-Genre: Christmas Family Comedy

-Creator: John Hughes

-Length: 120 minutes

-Rating: PG (moderate violence-particularly at the end of the film, mild language, mild use of cigarettes, moderate intense scenes-particularly at the end of the film)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Maccaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker, Eddie Bracken

-Page of Reference in RP2: 182

Review (contains spoilers):

Great continuation of the first movie.  Its always nice to rejoin old characters in the world.  I also love how his family ends up having a horrible time in what should be sunny Florida while he is having a blast in New York City during Christmas.

It is a little unbelievable that he would run into the same thieves half-way across the country from his home but you know…it’s a movie so I can overlook that.

John Hughes is known for writing about the outcast.  This film still involves that motif but this time it is Kevin who ends up in the role of “normal” as he befriends the outcast (and homeless) bird-lady in the park.  It’s a nice little lesson that sometimes how someone looks isn’t who they are.

I really love how clever Kevin is while still utilizing common supplies and a little ingenuity to save the day.  He’s a really bright kid.  And as always everything ends up well for him and not so well for the bad guys.

Defiantly one I will continue to watch throughout my life as is Thanksgiving tradition in my family.  Still really unbelievable though.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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