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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992, Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci)

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Two years after the massively successful original, director, writer and the key cast returned for this hugely enjoyable (and successful) sequel. This time, the McCallister family are off on holiday to Miami, except for Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), who ends up on a New York-bound jet. Unfazed, he uses his father’s credit card (don’t ask) to book into the Plaza Hotel and is soon enjoying the delights of room service and cable TV despite the suspicions of the concierge (Tim Curry).

Ambling around the city, he befriends the pigeon lady (Brenda Fricker) and Mr Duncan (Eddie Bracken), who owns a proper toyshop. Then he bumps into Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), the two burglars from the original. They’re now not just intent on revenge on the kid who sent them to the slammer but plan to rob the toyshop on Christmas Eve. Once again, Kevin must use his ingenuity to stop them…

Hughes’ script wisely remains close to the original, with the location, Culkin and the two baddies carrying the film in the same way. The climatic battle in the toyshop against Kevin’s fiendish booby traps is the highlight. There’s also the delight of Kevin having to outwit the hotel’s concierge, convincing him he is with his family, with Tim Curry at his most reptilian in the role.

Trivia: Joe Pesci’s character, Harry Lime, shares his name with the character played by Orson Welles in The Third Man.

production details
USA | 120 minutes | 1992

Director: Chris Columbus
Script: John Hughes,

cast
Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister
Joe Pesci as Harry Lime
Daniel Stern as Marv Merchants
Kieran Culkin as Fuller McCallister
Tim Curry as Mr. Hector, Hotel Concierge
Mario Todisco as Cab Driver
Catherine O’Hara as Kate McCallister
John Heard as Peter McCallister
Devin Ratray as Buzz McCallister
Hillary Wolf as Megan McCallister
Gerry Bamman as Uncle Frank McCallister
Jedidiah Cohen as Rod McCallister
Eddie Bracken as E.F. Duncan
Rob Schneider as Bellman
Michael C. Maronna as Jeff McCallister
Ralph Foody as Gangster
Abdoulaye N’Gom as Bead Necklace Vendor
Brenda Fricker as The Pigeon Lady
Dana Ivey as Desk Clerk
Ally Sheedy as NY Ticket Agent
Clare Hoak as Girl Gangster on TV
Terrie Snell as Aunt Leslie McCallister
Senta Moses as Tracy McCallister
Anna Slotky as Brooke McCallister
Leigh Zimmerman as Fashion Model
Monica Devereux as Hotel Operator
Bob Eubanks as Ding-Dang-Dong Host
Rip Taylor as Celeb #1
Jaye P. Morgan as Celeb #2
Jimmie Walker as Celeb #3
Harry Hutchinson as Ticket Taker
Clarke Devereux as Ticket Taker (as Clarke P. Devereux)
Rod Sell as Officer Bennett
Ron Canada as Cop in Times Square
Cedric Young as Cop in Central Park
William D’Ambra as Arresting Cop in Central Park #1
Mark Morettini as Arresting Cop in Central Park #2
James Cole as Security Guard
Donald Trump as Himself
Warren Rice as Doorman
Anthony Cannata as Sergeant in Toy Store
Michael Goldfinger as Limo Driver
Eleanor Columbus as Little Girl in Toy Store
Daiana Campeanu as Sondra McCallister
Mike Maronna as Jeff McCallister

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