Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
|Home Alone 2: Lost in New York|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chris Columbus|
|Produced by||John Hughes|
|Written by||John Hughes|
by John Hughes
|Music by||John Williams|
|Edited by||Raja Gosnell|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$359.0 million|
Home Alone 2: 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, Donald Trump 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.
In Winnetka, Illinois, a quiet and affluent suburb of Chicago, the McCallister family is preparing for a Christmas vacation in Miami. On the night before their departure, the entire family gathers at Peter and Kate's home, where their 10-year-old son Kevin sees Florida as contradictory to Christmas because he thinks there are no Christmas trees in Florida. During the school Christmas pageant, Kevin's older brother Buzz humiliates him during his solo, causing Kevin to retaliate. Refusing to apologize for his actions, Kevin goes up to the third floor of the house. During the night, Peter unknowingly causes the alarm clock to reset; consequently, the family once again oversleeps. In the confusion and rush to reach the O'Hare Airport on time, Kevin boards a flight bound for New York City while trying to replace the batteries for his tape recorder, carrying Peter's bag containing his wallet and a large amount of cash; upon arrival in Miami, Kate realizes that Kevin is missing again. In New York, Kevin tours the city and convinces the staff at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, into renting him a room using Peter's credit card. During a visit to Central Park, Kevin is frightened by the appearance of a homeless woman tending to pigeons.
On Christmas Eve, Kevin tours the city in a limousine and visits a toy store where he meets its philanthropic owner, Mr. Duncan. Kevin learns that the proceeds from the store's Christmas sales will be donated to a children's hospital. Duncan offers Kevin a pair of ceramic turtledoves as a gift, instructing him to give one to another person as a sign of eternal friendship. After encountering Harry and Marv, a pair of burglars who recently escaped from prison and are now called the "Sticky Bandits," Kevin retreats to the Plaza. The hotel's concierge Mr. Hector confronts Kevin about the credit card which has been reported stolen. Kevin flees after evading Mr. Hector, but is captured by Harry and Marv. The duo discuss plans for breaking into the toy store that night, before Kevin escapes.
Kevin's family travels to New York after tracking the whereabouts of the stolen credit card and Kate searches the city for Kevin. Meanwhile, Kevin goes to his uncle Rob's townhouse only to find the house vacant and undergoing renovations while Rob and his family are in Paris. In Central Park, he encounters the pigeon lady. When Kevin gets his foot caught while running away, she frees him. At Carnegie Hall, the pair watch an orchestra perform "O Come, All ye Faithful." The pigeon lady explains how her life collapsed and how she dealt with it by taking care of the pigeons in the park. Kevin gives the pigeon lady some advice and promises that he will be her friend.
Kevin, after remembering what the bandits said, returns to the townhouse and rigs it with numerous booby traps. Kevin arrives at the toy store during Harry and Marv's robbery, throws a brick through the window, setting off the store's alarm. Kevin then lures the duo to the townhouse, where he springs the traps and Harry and Marv suffer various injuries. When the duo chase Kevin around the townhouse, he escapes and calls the police on a payphone. Harry and Marv catch him take him down to Central Park to kill him, but the pigeon lady sneaks in and incapacitates the duo with her birdseed before they can do anything, and Kevin sets off fireworks he had bought earlier to signal the police. The police arrive and arrest Harry and Marv. At the toy store, Mr. Duncan finds a note from Kevin attached to the brick explaining his actions.
Meanwhile, Kate remembers Kevin's fondness for Christmas trees. After observing Kevin making a wish at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Kate meets him there and they reconcile. On Christmas Day, a truckload of gifts arrive at the McCallisters' hotel room from the toy store. Kevin and Buzz reconcile and Buzz allows him to open up the first present. Kevin tries opening the first present but goes to Central Park to give the pigeon lady the second turtledove. At the Plaza, Buzz receives the bill for Kevin's stay from Cedric. Peter suddenly calls out, "Kevin, you spent $967 on room service?!" at which point Kevin runs back.
- Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, the youngest son of the McCallister family.
- Joe Pesci as Harry, the short leader of the Sticky Bandits, formerly called the Wet Bandits.
- Daniel Stern as Marv, the tall member of the Sticky Bandits, formerly called the Wet Bandits.
- John Heard as Peter McCallister, Kevin's father.
- Catherine O'Hara as Kate McCallister, Kevin's mother.
- Tim Curry as Mr. Hector, who works as a concierge at the Plaza Hotel and who is suspicious of Kevin.
- Brenda Fricker as the Pigeon Lady, an eccentric lady tending to pigeons in Central Park who becomes Kevin's friend.
- Eddie Bracken as E.F. Duncan, owner of Duncan's Toy Chest.
- Rob Schneider as Cedric, the Plaza Hotel bellhop.
- Dana Ivey as Hester Stone, the Plaza Hotel desk clerk.
- Ralph Foody as Johnny, a stereotypical fictional gangster in Angels with Even Filthier Souls (a sequel to Angels with Filthy Souls)
- Donald Trump (cameo) as Plaza Hotel owner
- Rip Taylor, Jaye P. Morgan, and Jimmie Walker (cameo) as themselves
- Ally Sheedy (cameo) as New York ticket agent
- Chris Columbus (uncredited cameo) as Duncan's Toy Chest patron
The McCallister family includes Gerry Bamman as Frank McCallister, Kevin's uncle; and Terrie Snell as Leslie McCallister, Kevin's aunt. Devin Ratray as Buzz McCallister, Kevin's brother who gets him into trouble and Kevin's other siblings are portrayed by Mike Maronna as Jeff McCallister, Hillary Wolf as Megan McCallister and Maureen Elisabeth Shay (who is replacing Angela Goethals) as Linnie McCallister, while Jedidiah Cohen as Rod McCallister, Senta Moses as Tracy McCallister, Daiana Campeanu as Sondra McCallister, Kieran Culkin (Macaulay Culkin's younger brother) as Fuller McCallister, and Anna Slotky as Brooke McCallister play Kevin's cousins.
Numerous video games based on Home Alone 2 were released by THQ for such systems as the Sega Mega Drive, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and personal computers, mostly in late 1992. A separate hand-held game was released by Tiger Electronics. Numerous board games were also released, some based around play cards, while another was a close emulation of the classic Mouse Trap.
The Talkboy cassette recorder used by Kevin in the film was originally a non-working prop during shooting. It was later released due to a popular letter writing campaign by fans along with the film by Tiger Electronics (currently under Hasbro).
American Airlines had product placement in the film with the McCallisters making their trip on the airline's two Boeing 767s. The airline became part of the film's release on home video.[clarification needed]
Coca-Cola products make several appearances in the film, including in scenes when Kevin rides a limousine and when Kevin's cousin Fuller wakes up at the Plaza Hotel. Notably, Pepsi products appeared in the first Home Alone film instead.
Home Alone 2 opened to $31.1 million from 2,222 theaters, averaging $14,008 per site. While it started off better than Home Alone, the final box office gross was much less. $173,585,516 was taken in the United States and a total of $358,994,850 worldwide.
Despite the commercial success of the film, Home Alone 2 has received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 24%, based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 3.6/10. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two out of four stars and stated that "cartoon violence is only funny in cartoons. Most of the live-action attempts to duplicate animation have failed, because when flesh-and-blood figures hit the pavement, we can almost hear the bones crunch, and it isn't funny."
The film was first released on VHS and Laserdisc on July 27, 1993. It was re-released in 1997 along with Home Alone on VHS. It was later released on DVD on October 5, 1999 as a basic package, with no special features other than theatrical trailers for the film and its predecessor and successor. The film was released on Blu-ray in 2009 with no special features, and was released alongside Home Alone in a collection pack the following year. The film was reissued again on DVD and Blu-ray in 2013.
John Williams returned from the first installment to score Home Alone 2. While the film featured the first film's theme song "Somewhere in My Memory", it also contained its own theme entitled "Christmas Star". Two soundtrack albums of the film were released on November 20, 1992, with one featuring Williams' score and the other featuring contemporary Christmas songs featured in the film. Ten years later, a 2-disc Deluxe Edition of the film score soundtrack was released.
|Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Original Score|
|Film score by John Williams|
|Released||November 20, 1992|
|Label||Arista Records, 20th Century Fox Records|
|John Williams chronology|
|Home Alone chronology|
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Original Score is a 1992 soundtrack composed by John Williams, who also scored the first installment in the franchise. While the soundtrack is mostly a repeat of the first film's material, there are a few new prominent themes such as "Christmas Star" and "Plaza Hotel and Duncan's Toy Store". Ultimately, the soundtrack fell out of print.
- "Somewhere in My Memory" (3:49)
- "Home Alone" (2:01)
- "We Overslept Again" (2:46)
- "Christmas Star" (3:18)
- "Arrival in New York" (1:41)
- "Plaza Hotel and Duncan's Toy Store" (3:45)
- "Concierge and Race to the Room" (2:04)
- "Star of Bethlehem" (3:28)
- "The Thieves Return" (4:35)
- "Appearance of Pigeon Lady" (3:19)
- "Christmas at Carnegie Hall" ("O Come All Ye Faithful" / "O Little Town of Bethlehem" / "Silent Night") (5:02)
- "Into the Park" (3:49)
- "Haunted Brownstone" (3:01)
- "Christmas Star and Preparing the Trap" (4:17)
- "To the Plaza Presto" (3:22)
- "Reunion at Rockefeller Center" (2:36)
- "Kevin's Booby Traps" (3:41)
- "Finale" (3:55)
- "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas" (2:51)
Original Soundtrack Album
|Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Original Soundtrack Album / Home Alone Christmas|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||November 20, 1992 (Original)
September 16, 1997 (HAC)
|Genre||Christmas, pop, rock and roll, R&B|
|Label||Arista Records (Original)
Sony BMG (HAC)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Original Soundtrack Album is a 1992 soundtrack album that contains music from or inspired by Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The album eventually was discontinued and later re-released as Home Alone Christmas in 1997 by Sony BMG with an alternate track listing. Both versions feature tracks of John Williams' score, though the tracks are of different songs between the original album and its re-release.
- Original Soundtrack Album track listing
- "All Alone on Christmas" (4:14) (Darlene Love)
- "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (2:14) (Alan Jackson)
- "Somewhere in My Memory" (3:58) (Bette Midler, composed by John Williams, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse)
- "My Christmas Tree" (2:35) (Home Alone Children's Choir, composed by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman)
- "Sleigh Ride" (3:44) (TLC)
- "Silver Bells" (4:15) (Atlantic Starr)
- "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas" (2:40) (John Williams)
- "Jingle Bell Rock" (2:09) (Bobby Helms)
- "Cool Jerk (Christmas Mix)" (2:39) (The Capitols)
- "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (2:14) (Johnny Mathis)
- "Christmas Star" (3:16) (John Williams)
- "O Come All Ye Faithful" (3:26) (Lisa Fischer)
- Home Alone Christmas track listing
- "All Alone on Christmas" (Darlene Love)
- "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (Alan Jackson)
- "My Christmas Tree" (The Fox Albert Choir)
- "Somewhere in My Memory" (John Williams)
- "Silver Bells" (Atlantic Starr)
- "Sleigh Ride" (TLC)
- "Christmas All Over Again" (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
- "Please Come Home for Christmas" (Southside Johnny Lyon)
- "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas" (John Williams)
- "Carol of the Bells" (John Williams)
- "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Mel Torme)
- "O Come All Ye Faithful" (Lisa Fischer)
The Deluxe Edition
|Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – The Deluxe Edition|
|Soundtrack album by John Williams|
|Released||November 15, 2002|
On the film's tenth anniversary, Varèse Sarabande released a two-disc special edition soundtrack entitled Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – The Deluxe Edition. The soundtrack contains John Williams' cues found on the previous releases as well as additional compositions that were left out from the final film. This release is also known for resolving a mastering error that caused the music to be inaccurately pitched.
- Disc One
- Home Alone (Main Title) (2:07)
- This Year’s Wish (1:47)
- We Overslept Again / Holiday Flight (3:19)
- Separate Vacations*(1:58)
- Arrival in New York**(2:59)
- The Thieves Return (3:28)
- Plaza Hotel (3:04)
- Concierge (1:31)
- Distant Goodnights (Christmas Star) (Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse) (2:05)
- A Day in the City (:59)
- Duncan's Toy Store (2:41)
- Turtle Doves (1:29)
- To the Plaza, Presto (3:27)
- Race to the Room / Hot Pursuit (4:08)
- Haunted Brownstone (3:02)
- Appearance of the Pigeon Lady (3:21)
- Christmas at Carnegie Hall (5:15) O Come, All Ye Faithful / O Little Town of Bethlehem / Silent Night
- Disc Two
- Christmas Star - Preparing the Trap (Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse) (4:22)
- Another Christmas in the Trenches (2:33)
- Running Through Town (1:16)
- Luring the Thieves*(4:02)
- Kevin’s Booby Traps (7:23)
- Down the Rope / Into the Park (5:06)
- Reunion at Rockefeller Center / It’s Christmas (5:21)
- Finale (2:00)
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Traditional) and Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas (Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse) (2:51)
- End Title (1:32)
- Holiday Flight (alternate) (2:32)
- Suite from “Angels with Filthy Souls II” (:56)
- Somewhere in My Memory (Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse) (3:57)
- Star of Bethlehem (Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse) (3:32)
- Christmas Star (Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse) (3:23)
- Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas (orchestra) (2:23)
In the beginning of the novelization, a prologue, which ends up being Marv's nightmare in prison, he and Harry sneak away from the cops and return to Kevin's house to seek revenge on Kevin. Kevin bolts into the garage with Marv and Harry in hot pursuit. Harry and Marv end up triggering extra traps that Kevin had set up in the garage. Kevin watches as Marv ends up triggering a trap where a running lawnmower falls on his head (This was a trap featured in Home Alone 3).
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