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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Minor changes are made: more violence and characters, moving the location to New York City, and changing the taste of the story. And the all-important humor is recycled!!! --
There are different tastes in this film. Those who like the film say it is still fun, while those who dislike it say it is exactly the same as the previous film.
The McAllisters, a large family, are planning a Christmas trip to Miami. They are almost late and in their haste, they leave Kevin at the airport as they did last year. Kevin follows someone dressed like his father and gets on a flight to New York. When Kevin arrives in New York, he checks into a hotel with his father's card and uses his wits and a voice recorder to cover up the fact that he is alone in New York.
He goes to a toy store and meets a kindly old man. He tells us that "Mr. Duncan" is going to donate all the proceeds from this Eve to the hospital. When he leaves the store, he is caught by two thieves who once broke into Kevin's house. Kevin frames the two men for molestation. He manages to escape. He walks frightened through the eerie New York streets at night and meets a woman who is swarming with pigeons. At first he is afraid of her, but she saves him and he goes to the attic of a concert hall. After being advised to do something nice, Kevin decides to fight off the thieves and save the sick children and Mr. Duncan.
It's a very long synopsis, but it can't be helped as there is a great deal of foreshadowing in the first half of the film. In my opinion, the blatant storyline is saved by the action and new elements.
As bad as 3 was, Macaulay Culkin will prove to be very important to Home Alone. His sly Kevin character is delightful and funny. He may be a little less funny in 2, but that is saved by the hilarious characterizations around him.
Also, while closer to comedy than action, the thief being taken advantage of by the kid is overtly funny, and while it's not fresh since we saw a smattering of it last time, I still felt the idea still somewhat worked. We think one factor is that, unlike last time, the majority of the film is not invaded by this comedy.
The new additions to the story are also pleasing to us. I will tell those who criticize us for repainting the previous film by increasing the scale of violence and location, but it is not only the violence that has increased. I don't know if this will satisfy you, but there is some humor in Kevin relaxing gracefully in the hotel. Also, the increased characterization makes it more interesting.
Minor changes are made: more violence and characters, moving the location to New York City, and changing the taste of the story. And the all-important humor is recycled!!! -- The idea that this will fool the audience is obvious. We know this. But we still love Home Alone, its characters, and its humor, so we are fooled even though we know it.