Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: November 20, 1992 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
There's many similarities to the original film Home Alone here. Guess director John Hughes didn't want to mess with success.
The McCallister family if off on another Christmas vacation. This time they're heading for sunny Florida, much to the dismay of 10 year old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who's looking forward to Christmas trees, not palm trees.
During the hustle to make the departing plane, Kevin mistakenly gets on a plane heading for New York City by himself.
When he lands, he takes in the sights and checks into the Plaza Hotel, using his dad's credit card that was packed in his back pack. It's a funny sequence with Tim Curry playing a flustered concierge and Rob Schneider (Saturday Night Live) a bellman.
The bungling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) from the first film show up in New York after breaking out of jail. They bump into Kevin outside a terrific toy store that they're planning to rob on Christmas Eve.
The store is owned by a sweet old man (Eddie Bracken) who gives his Christmas Eve's sales receipts to a children's hospital, making the theft even more dastardly.
After Pesci and Stern lose and then find Kevin again, they chase him to an abandoned house that he rigged with some of the same booby traps he used in the first film - falling paint cans and lit kerosene. The violence is more pronounced in this film, especially is a scene where Kevin repeatedly throws bricks fro the roof of the apartment onto the crook's heads.
Interspersed with the rough house are sentimental scenes with a homeless pigeon lady (Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot) whom Kevin befriends, lest we forget that this is a holiday picture.
Culkin is a cute kid who does a terrific job, he's impish and smart and delivers his comedy lines with a raised eyebrow and half smile.
The violence was bothersome to me, but the opening night audience, filled with children and adults alike, had a wonderful time laughing out loud when the bad guys got whopped.
Looks like Hughes has another hit on his hands.
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