Christmas Movies: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

4/5* | Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Chris Columbus 
120 minutes 
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker, Catherine O’Hara.

 

Kevin’s (Macaulay Culkin) latest adventure sees him lost in the Big Apple – Home Alone 2 is another entertaining family film to get everyone in the Christmas mood.
Getting left at home is a bit been-there, seen-it, done-it, so Kevin getting lost in New York is refreshing and unique.
After he loses his father (John Heard) in the airport, Kevin gets on the wrong flight, ending up in New York City at the same time his family arrive in Miami.
Alone in New York, Kevin checks into the Plaza Hotel where he bumps into no other than current president Donald Trump who has a short cameo in the the film.
Also in New York, is the Wet Bandits Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marve (Daniel Stern) who intend to rob Duncan’s Toy Chest on Christmas Eve.
Home Alone 2 is more ambitious than the first film – where the first film was based mostly in the McAlistair’s home, the second film explores New York’s sights including scenes in a number of well known locations like Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and The Plaza Hotel.
Again, Home Alone 2 represents a kids fantasy – (“Wow! A huge bed just for me!”) – a suite in a hotel room, a fridge full of sweets, unlimited room service and of course… adult films.
Joining the original cast of Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern is Brenda Fricker who stars as a pigeon lady with a complex backstory and Tim Curry who steals the show as Mr Hector – one of the Plaza Hotels staff.
Tim Curry’s character has some great lines and moments throughout the film including one scene where he realises the McAlistair credit card is stolen – cue his smug face followed closely by The Grinch’s huge smile as Kevin watches the film in a limousine and you have a great moment in festive cinema.
An iconic sequel with a great cast and storyline, Home Alone 2 is a memorable Christmas film.
Merry Christmas ya filthy animal.

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