Movies In My Collection #166: In Defense Of… Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

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Time once again for another edition of In Defense Of…

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Ah, comedy sequels, oh how I hate many of them. A lot of them don’t work simply because there’s nothing new about them, 75% of all comedy sequels are nothing but retreads of the first movie all over again.

But on behalf of comedy sequels, there are some good ones, case in point, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York:

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (stylized as HOME ALONe2: 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, Tim Curry, and Brenda Fricker are also featured.

The film was shot in Winnetka, Illinois, O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Evanston, Illinois, and New York City (which was star Culkin’s hometown at the time). The exterior of Duncan’s Toy Chest in New York City was filmed outside of the Rookery Building in downtown Chicago. The exterior of Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois is shown prior to the Christmas pageant. The Miami scenes were filmed in Los Angeles, including an exterior of Miami International Airport was at Los Angeles International Airport. The film became the second most financially successful film of 1992, earning over $173 million in revenue in the United States and $358 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million.

Home Alone 3 followed five years later in 1997, Home Alone 4 followed in 2002, and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist was released in 2012.

Home Alone is a great Christmas movie that has a lot of everything, heart, humor, and the spirit of the season.

But I also enjoy Home Alone 2: Lost In New York but to the same level of Ghostbusters 2 and Men In Black 2, it’s very inferior to the first film but still a lot of fun:

The filmmakers themselves even admitted that the sequel was just a cashgrab but nevertheless, the movie still looks visually impressive, it could easily been seen as sort of a love letter to the city of New York itself. One of the most memorable moments I remember from the movie is when Kevin goes to the top of the World Trade Center and it pans back to the towers themselves, it’s a cashgrab but it’s one of the better examples of a cashgrab.

Even the music is incredible again, once again, John Williams delivers a really fantastic score to this film:

Plus once again, they managed to keep the heart of the story in its’ place, maybe not like the last movie but it was still there.

Maybe not as memorable as the first film but still an enjoyable sequel…which is more than I can say about Home Alone 3 or any of the two TV movie sequels they made, those I just forget those even exist.

Nevertheless, the first two Home Alone movies are still movies that I watch every year at Christmas and for good reason, funny, heartwarming, and just a part of Christmas, it’s no wonder why a movie as classic as that has held up as well it has done. Home Alone, because nobody should be left alone this Christmas.

MOVIES MENTIONED IN THIS POST

Home Alone

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

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