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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Movie review by
Colette DeDonato, Common Sense Media
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Movie Poster Image
Sequel takes slapstick shenanigans to NYC.
  • PG
  • 1992
  • 100 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 52 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Not much in the way of positive messages; a vaguely pro-family message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Taunting and insults among siblings, as well as plenty of lying and tormenting the stereotypical bumbling bad guys. Kevin befriends a homeless woman and encourages her to reach out to people more.


Plenty of comic, slapstick violence: The main character throws bricks, shoots staples, sets deadly traps, and generally endangers the lives of the bad guys.


Sign for "adult films."


Lots of insults and name-calling.


Could be a commercial for the Plaza Hotel in NYC. One young character has a can of Coke in his hands whenever shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that they can expect the same kind of slapstick violence in this second Home Alone movie, mostly against the robbers who picked on the wrong precocious kid once again. The main character throws bricks, sets deadly traps, and more in attempts to stop the bumbling duo and is gleefully proud of himself every time they get hurt. Parents should also know that the movie opens with quite a bit of family conflict and that there's fighting -- even some physical violence -- among siblings. There's a sign for adult films.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bywonkles December 27, 2009
Bigger production, same cast and elegant NYC settings can't save this preachy, plodding plot that ends with a stream of relentless and violent comic gags t... Continue reading
Adult Written bysouthernmom27 January 2, 2010

Watch out for the profanity!

We skipped through the first Home Alone because of the profanity, and after reading several reviews (including Commonsense's review), I was under the impre... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old September 6, 2014

Not recommended for criminals in New York

It was pretty violent, but really funny at the same time. At some points, I actually felt bad for the bad guys, and I mean really bad.
Kid, 9 years old January 4, 2014


Very funny movie, one of my favorites!

What's the story?

Here we go again. Kevin McAllister already got left Home Alone one Christmas; now he's on the wrong plane and headed to New York City while his family jets off to Miami for the holiday. Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), once again happy to be free of his boisterous family, sets out on an adventure in the big city. His father's credit card rents him a suite at the Plaza Hotel. Slapstick moments are provided by run-ins with the original movie's goofball villains, Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, respectively). The duo has escaped from prison and is planning to rob a toy store on Christmas Eve -- and Kevin's determined to stop them. Finally, Mom (Catherine O'Hara) realizes that her son's missing and frantically tries to find him.

Is it any good?

The early family scenes in Home Alone 2 are some of the movie's funniest moments, as are Kevin's clever survival schemes at the hotel and on the streets of New York. As a sequel, the movie manages to be funny, if predictable, and occasionally borders on heart-warming -- in an odd yet touching moment, Kevin befriends a homeless woman and encourages her to reach out to people more.

It's easy to see why fans took to Culkin's "little big guy" routine in the '90s. He's a charmer. And as Kevin's mom, Catherine O'Hara is a well-wrought mix of funny and sentimental.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about good ways to work out family conflicts. How does Kevin defend himself from his older brother's bullying? Was he right to do that?  

  • Parents can also talk about safety issues, such as what might happen if a kid were accidentally separated from his parents and forced to go it alone in a strange city. What would be the safest way to respond to a mix-up like the one portrayed here?

  • Parents can also talk about the relationship between Kevin and his parents. Why does it take so long for his family to realize that he's missing?

  • How does this movie compare to the original? Is it as funny the second time around? Why or why not?

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