Day Nine: Home Alone 2 Lost in New York (1992) Rehashes the Same Plot….in New York!

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Home-Alone-2-Lost-in-New-York-image-home-alone-2-lost-in-new-york-36366314-1280-688What better way to follow up the Christmas classic that is Home Alone with its sequel Home Alone 2 Lost in New York!? For me, whenever I think about the Home Alone movies the imagery from the sequel is what I actually think about. I was drawn to the movie more as a kid simple because I think the city of New York was done so magically in the movie. From the magical toy store to those amazing-looking cookies Kevin steal from the hotel, it just seemed like an amazing place to be lost in. And those darn Wet Bandits, they never learn to they? They show up in this movie with a chip on their shoulders and a new name: The Sticky Bandits! They have come to terrorize New York on one of its most sacred nights.

Synopsis

After snarky youth Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City — while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man’s toy store just before Christmas.

homealone2002Part of the charm that can be found in the sequel is that of its secondary subplot. After boarding the wrong airplane, Kevin is ‘lost’ in New York City and does what any practical kid would do. Take shelter in a high-end hotel with your father’s credit card and hope that the staff doesn’t find out that you are, essentially, committing credit card fraud. But it is this subplot that has a lot of memorable moments from the bellman (Rob Schneider) desperately wanting a good tip from the young boy to the concierge (Tim Curry) attempting to apprehend Kevin and accidentally walking in on, who he presumes is, his father in the shower. There are tons of awesome moments in the hotel and, god dammit, I still want that amazing ice cream bowl that Kevin ate!

And I have always loved the look and spirit of Duncan Toy Store. For one, the owner is such an awesomely nice person that is just refreshing to see every year. Seriously, that toy store looks amazing, right?

1975_2Pesci and Stern deliver the laughs, once again, by sacrificing body and soul while Kevin tries to essentially kill them. Seriously, the biggest difference between the antics found in this film versus the first, is how overly brutal a lot of the traps that Kevin sets. If you thought the traps in the first movie were cringe-worthy, you will really be closing your eyes at a few of the traps in this film.  I’m fairly sure that in a few of the traps, Kevin would have been convicted of murder. From electrocution to falling from a building after the rope you were climbing down was lit on fire.

home_alone_2_lost_in_new_york_1920x1080Regardless of how much I love the look and feel of this movie– at its core it is no different than the first film. It didn’t tread new ground– it was more than happy playing out the same antics in a new setting and for that it sort of dampens the enjoyment a bit especially when watching the two films back to back (which is what I did). So honestly, if you are going to watch the Home Alone films, I recommend watching  either the first or the second, both are pretty fun as standalone, unrelated, films. If you choose to only watch the sequel the only thing you really need to know is that the events in the second movie basically already happened in the first. That’s it.

 

Trivia

Macaulay Culkin was paid $4.5 million to star in this movie, the biggest paycheck ever to a 12 year-old child.

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 Culkinwas allowed to keep the Talkboy.

Entertainment Weekly had a doctor analyze what the actual effects of the injuries to Harry and Marv would be. Bricks to the face would have caused “at best, brain damage; at worst, death.”

In Home Alone (1990), Kevin watches a movie called “Angels with Filthy Souls.” In this sequel, he watches that film’s sequel, “Angels with Even Filthier Souls.”

Not once during this movie or the first Home Alone do Harry and Marv call Kevin by name.

Donald Trump:  makes an appearance in the Plaza lobby where Kevin asks him for directions. Donald Trump owned the hotel (1988 – 1995) during the making of this film. He bought it from The Childs Company (now called Sonesta) for 407.5 million dollars, and sold it to Troy Richard Campbell for $325,000,000.

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