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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
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Directed By
Chris Columbus

Written By:
John Hughes

Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker, Devin Ratray, Eddie Bracken, Dana Ivey, Rob Schneider, Kieran Culkin, Gerry Bamman, Donald Trump, Hillary Wolf, Donald Trump

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
December 1st, 2007

A sequel to 'Home Alone' was virtually inevitable, given the movie's high box office earnings. 'Lost in New York' doesn't tamper with the formula of its predecessor, Kevin is still alone, but he is not at home. He has actually gone with his family to the airport, where they plan to embark on a trip to Florida. Kevin gets on the wrong plane and ends up in the Big Apple. New York is not a good place for a kid to be by himself, but Kevin manages to buy a room in the Plaza Hotel using his father's credit card, and outwits the idiotic staff, headed by Tim Curry, and including Rob Schneider.

He also reunites with Harry and Marv (Pesci and Stern), out of prison and aiming to rob a toy store. Kevin wants to thwart their scheme, and they chase him all around the sprawling city. He evades them, and eventually meets the Pigeon Lady (Brenda Fricker) in Central Park, a homeless woman with a heart of gold, despite her somewhat scary exterior. She becomes Kevin's friend and protector; he provides company for her at the time of the year when she is loneliest. These scenes are little more than sentimental distractions. What we really want to see comes in the form, once again, of Kevin laying traps for Marv and Harry, who have not become any smarter, and fall into each of them without fail. Nothing has really changed, and this film is not as funny as the first one. Culkin is still very good, and it has an even better segment where the old gangster movie dialogue is used to scare off Curry and the other hotel workers, lurking just outside the door to Kevin's swanky room.

Other than that, there is nothing special. Culkin received an $8 million paycheck to appear in this, a nice holiday gift for a 12-year-old. In many ways, 'Home Alone 2', more so than 'Home Alone' emphasizes the use of physical gags that are best suited to a cartoon, and Marv and Harry endure even more bodily harm, much of it with a potentially deadly and sadistic bent. They could be permanently maimed or disfigured, yet they aren't, which is as implausible as the fact that Kevin can come up with this stuff all by himself. Maybe I am just a grouch, but I don't like this movie that much.

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