Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Movie review by
Colette DeDonato, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Sequel takes slapstick shenanigans to NYC.
  • PG
  • 1992
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 73 reviews

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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 of a 10, 12, and 15-year-old Written byHendo H. U December 27, 2017


Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!
Adult Written byjcorac19 August 7, 2011


Ive been watching this movie since i was 3!! that dont mean i didnt swear at a young age!!
Kid, 10 years old April 26, 2021
Kid, 10 years old April 17, 2021

5000 IQ Battle Plan is for young teens!

So, during the beginning of the movie, we hear the H-word. ("hell") which is close to really bad language but not too explicit. After around 15 minute... Continue reading

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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