Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series and the sequel to Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin reprises his role as Kevin McCallister, while Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern reprise their roles as the Wet Bandits, now known as the Sticky Bandits. Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, Rob Schneider, Tim Curry, and Brenda Fricker are also featured.
Kevin and his family decide to take a trip to Florida, but Kevin takes the wrong plane and ends up in New York City. He tries to make do with what he has, such as using his father’s credit card to stay at the Plaza Hotel, but is soon confronted by the Wet Bandits and must outrun and out-prank them again.
The film was shot in Winnetka, Illinois; O’Hare International Airport in Chicago; Evanston, Illinois; and New York City. The film became the second most financially successful film of 1992, earning over $173 million in revenue in the United States and $359 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million. The film is also notable for featuring a cameo from future U.S. President Donald Trump, who had owned the Plaza Hotel at the time of the film’s production.
Principal photography was from December 9, 1991 to May 1, 1992.
A sequel, Home Alone 3, followed five years later in 1997.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast
- 2.1 Main cast
- 2.2 The McCallister family
- 2.3 Other characters
- 3 Release
- 3.1 Marketing
- 3.2 Box office
- 3.3 Critical response
- 3.4 Home media
- 4 Music
- 4.1 Score
- 4.2 Soundtrack
- 5 Novelization
- 6 Sequels
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The McCallister family is preparing to spend Christmas in Miami, gathering at Peter and Kate’s home outside of Chicago. Peter and Kate’s youngest son, Kevin, sees Florida as contradictory to Christmas, due to the lack of Christmas trees in Florida. Later, at a school Christmas pageant, Kevin’s older brother Buzz humiliates him, causing Kevin to retaliate and attack Buzz, ruining the pageant. Back home, Buzz apologises for the prank, however Kevin refuses to apologise and berates his family before storming to the third floor. During the night, Peter accidentally resets the alarm clock, causing the family to oversleep once again. At the airport, Kevin stops to replace the batteries for his Talkboy, carrying Peter’s bag which contains the batteries (along with Peter’s wallet and large amounts of cash). Losing sight of his family, Kevin inadvertently boards a flight to New York City after mistakenly following a man wearing a jacket identical to Peter’s. Upon arrival in New York City, Kevin decides to tour the city. While there, Kevin meets a homeless woman tending to pigeons at Central Park, which frightens him. Kevin goes to the Plaza Hotel, where he uses Peter’s credit card to check in. Meanwhile, the “Wet Bandits”, Harry and Marv, have traveled to New York City after escaping during a prison riot and now call themselves the “Sticky Bandits”, due to stealing money with a sticky glove.
On Christmas Eve, Kevin visits a toy store where he meets its philanthropic owner, Mr. E.F. Duncan. Kevin learns that the proceeds from the store’s Christmas sales will be donated to a children’s hospital, and provides a donation. As a token of appreciation, Mr. Duncan offers Kevin a pair of ceramic turtledoves as a gift, instructing him to give one to another person as a sign of eternal friendship. After a run-in with Harry and Marv, Kevin rushes back to the Plaza. The hotel’s concierge, Mr. Hector, confronts Kevin about the credit card, which has been reported stolen. Kevin flees the hotel after evading Mr. Hector, but he is eventually caught by Harry and Marv. They brag about their plan to break into the toy store at midnight, just before Kevin manages to escape.
After landing at Miami International Airport, the rest of the family discovers that Kevin is missing. After tracking the whereabouts of the credit card, they fly to New York. Meanwhile, Kevin goes to his uncle Rob’s townhouse, only to find the house vacant and undergoing renovations while Rob and his family are still in Paris. At Central Park, he encounters and befriends the pigeon lady. They go to Carnegie Hall, where the pigeon lady explains how her life collapsed when her lover left her. Kevin encourages her to trust people again, and promises to be her friend. Kevin confides in her that he’s misbehaved and that he doesn’t deserve Christmas. She suggests that he do a good deed which will make up for the bad ones. Seeing a child in the children’s hospital, Kevin decides to stop Harry and Marv from robbing the toy store.
Kevin returns to the townhouse and rigs it with numerous booby traps. He later arrives at the toy store during Harry and Marv’s robbery, takes their picture, and breaks the store’s window, setting off the alarm. Kevin then lures the duo to the townhouse, where they spring the traps and suffer various injuries. While the duo pursues Kevin outside of the townhouse, he calls the police before Harry and Marv catch him and discuss how they will kill him in Central Park. Before they can shoot him, the pigeon lady has her pigeons incapacitate them. Kevin sets off fireworks to signal the police, who arrest Harry and Marv, finding enough evidence that would ensure their incarceration for a long time. At the toy store, Mr. Duncan finds a note from Kevin, explaining about the robbery.
While searching for Kevin, Kate remembers his fondness for Christmas trees and heads to Rockefeller Center. After observing Kevin making a wish at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Kate meets him there and they reconcile. On Christmas Day, a truckload of gifts arrive at the McCallisters’ hotel room from the toy store as a reward to Kevin for stopping the robbery. Kevin reconciles with the rest of his family, and goes to Central Park to give the pigeon lady the second turtledove, cementing their friendship. At the Plaza, Buzz receives the bill for Kevin’s stay and shows it to Peter who calls out, “Kevin! You spent $967 on room service?!” prompting Kevin to run away from the hotel.
- Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister
- Joe Pesci as Harry Lime
- Daniel Stern as Marv Merchants
The McCallister family
- Catherine O’Hara as Kate McCallister
- John Heard as Peter McCallister
- Devin Ratray as Buzz McCallister, Kevin’s brother who gets him into trouble
- Hillary Wolf as Megan McCallister
- Maureen Elisabeth Shay (who replaces Angela Goethals) as Linnie McCallister
- Michael C. Maronna as Jeff McCallister
- Gerry Bamman as Frank McCallister, Kevin’s uncle
- Terrie Snell as Leslie McCallister, Kevin’s aunt
- Jedidiah Cohen as Rod McCallister
- Kieran Culkin (Macaulay Culkin’s younger brother) as Fuller McCallister
- Senta Moses as Tracy McCallister
- Daiana Campeanu as Sondra McCallister
- Anna Slotky as Brooke McCallister
- Brenda Fricker as the Pigeon Lady
- Tim Curry as Mr. Hector the concierge
- Eddie Bracken as Mr. E.F. Duncan
- Rob Schneider as Cedric the bellhop
- Dana Ivey as Hester Stone the desk clerk
- Ralph Foody as Johnny
- Rip Taylor, Jaye P. Morgan, and Jimmie Walker as themselves
- Ally Sheedy as New York ticket agent
- Chris Columbus as Duncan’s Toy Chest patron
- Donald Trump as himself
- Clare Hoak as Susie
- Leigh Zimmerman as Fashion Model
- Steve Sivak as Chorus Director
- Rod Sell as Officer Bennett
Numerous video games based on Home Alone 2 were released by THQ for such systems as the Sega Genesis, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and personal computers, mostly in late 1992. A separate hand-held game was released by Tiger Electronics. Numerous board games were also released, some based around play cards, while another was a close emulation of the classic Mouse Trap.
The Talkboy cassette recorder was produced as a tie-in for the movie by Tiger Electronics based on specifications provided by John Hughes and the movie studio, and sold particularly well after the film was released on home video.
American Airlines again had product placement in the film with the McCallisters making their trip on the airline’s two Boeing 767-200s. In the first film, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was used. For the release of the first two films on home video, the airline became a sponsor.[clarification needed].
Coca-Cola products make several appearances in the film, including in scenes when Kevin rides a limousine and when Kevin’s cousin Fuller wakes up at the Plaza Hotel. Notably, Pepsi products appeared in the first Home Alone film instead.
Home Alone 2 opened to $31.1 million from 2,222 theaters, averaging $14,008 per site. While it started off better than Home Alone, the final box office gross was much less. $173.6 million was taken in the United States and a total of $359 million worldwide. The film was released in the United Kingdom on December 11, 1992, and topped the country’s box office that weekend.
Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 30% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 3.7/10. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two out of four stars and stated that “cartoon violence is only funny in cartoons. Most of the live-action attempts to duplicate animation have failed, because when flesh-and-blood figures hit the pavement, we can almost hear the bones crunch, and it isn’t funny.”
The film was first released on VHS and Laserdisc on July 27, 1993. It was re-released in 1997 along with Home Alone on VHS. It was later released on DVD on October 5, 1999 as a basic package, with no special features other than theatrical trailers for the film and its predecessor and successor. The film was released on Blu-ray in 2009 with no special features, and was released alongside Home Alone in a collection pack the following year. The film was reissued again on DVD and Blu-ray in 2013 and 2015.
John Williams returned from the first installment to score Home Alone 2. While the film featured the first film’s theme song “Somewhere in My Memory”, it also contained its own theme entitled “Christmas Star”. Two soundtrack albums of the film were released on November 20, 1992, with one featuring Williams’ score and the other featuring contemporary Christmas songs featured in the film. Ten years later, a 2-disc Deluxe Edition of the film score soundtrack was released.
Home Alone chronology
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Original Score is a 1992 soundtrack composed by John Williams, who also scored the first installment in the franchise. While the soundtrack is mostly a repeat of the first film’s material, there are a few new prominent themes such as “Christmas Star” and “Plaza Hotel and Duncan’s Toy Store”. Ultimately, the soundtrack fell out of print.
Original Soundtrack Album
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Original Soundtrack Album is a 1992 soundtrack album that contains music from or inspired by Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The album eventually was discontinued and later re-released as Home Alone Christmas in 1997 by Sony BMG with an alternative track listing. Both versions feature tracks of John Williams’ score, though the tracks are of different songs between the original album and its re-release.
Original Soundtrack Album track listing
Home Alone Christmas track listing
The Deluxe Edition
On the film’s tenth anniversary, Varèse Sarabande released a two-disc special edition soundtrack entitled Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – The Deluxe Edition. The soundtrack contains John Williams’ cues found on the previous releases as well as additional compositions that were left out from the final film. This release is also known for resolving a mastering error that caused the music to be inaccurately pitched.
Home Alone 2 was novelized by Todd Strasser and published by Scholastic in 1992 to coincide with the film. It has an ISBN of 0-590-45717-9. An audiobook version was also released read by Tim Curry (who played the concierge in the film).
As in the novelization of the first film the McCallisters live in Oak Park, Illinois and the crooks are named as Harry Lime and Marv Merchants.
In the beginning of the novelization, a prologue, which ends up being Marv’s nightmare in prison, he and Harry sneak away from the cops and return to Kevin’s house to seek revenge on Kevin. Kevin bolts into the garage with Marv and Harry in hot pursuit. Harry and Marv end up triggering extra traps that Kevin had set up in the garage. Kevin watches as Marv ends up triggering a trap where a running lawnmower falls on his head (This was a trap featured in Home Alone 3).
Main article: Home Alone 3
A second sequel, Home Alone 3, followed in 1997. Two additional television movie sequels, Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, would follow in 2002 and 2012, respectively.
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- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York on IMDb
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York at the TCM Movie Database
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York at AllMovie
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York at Rotten Tomatoes
- Movie Locations Guide.com – Maps and directions to Home Alone 2 Filming Locations