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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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Sequel takes slapstick shenanigans to NYC.
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  • Review Date: January 10, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

Violence

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

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Lots of insults and name-calling.

Consumerism

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
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?  P

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 15, 1992
DVD release date:October 5, 1999
Cast:Daniel Stern, Joe Pesci, Macaulay Culkin
Director:Chris Columbus
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Holidays, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:comic action and mild language.

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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 that don't compare to the cleverness of the original.
What other families should know
Too much violence
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 impression that this movie had no foul language. NOT so! There's a very clear da**it and Kevin, the main character, calls the bad guys an a$$ at least two times. We sat down with our 5 & 7 year old thinking we were going to have a good, clean, fun movie night. What a disappointment. No matter how much we enjoyed Kevin's antics, we won't be watching this again.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove November 5, 2012

Much better than the first!!!

I find this one quite better than the first. It was the most watched in our family when I was young, so it stuck I guess. There are a lot more traps in this one, more laughs and more adventure. Plus the beautiful views of New York! Great photography! Kevin is not home alone in this sequel, however, he takes the wrong flight when trying to keep up with his fast paced family who are late arriving to the airport. He takes a turn and heads for a flight to New York instead of Miami. There, his great adventure begins. After living it up for a while with his dads credit card, Kevin comes in contact with the two burglars from the first film, again. Only this time, they catch him several times. Kevin is smart enough to escape and becomes friends with a "Pigeon Lady" who keeps each other company. He decides to stop in at an uncles house who are renovating and turns the place into a huge trap to catch the bad guys. His mom later finds him after countless hours of searching, only to be reunited at the end spending Christmas in a gorgeous New York hotel with his whole family. There is more violence than the original (throwing bricks and hitting a burglar in the face several times, being hanged on a hook, being blasted by an iron, violently electrocuted to the point of seeing his skeleton...and so much more), more language (mainly name calling like "horses @ss" but nothing over the top). Better traps, a good story and LOTS of laughs. It is much scarier and darker than the first so only mature kids with a sense of humor should see it.
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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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