HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK
Release Date: November 20, 1992
Audience: All ages RECOMMENDED AGE:
Eight years old and older
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox Pictures
Director: Chris Columbus
Producer: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
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(B, L, VVV, Ho, S, H, NA, C, M) Biblical messages of family, giving and friendship marred by 4 obscenities & 1 exclamatory profanity, as well as: explicit slapstick violence (man douses flaming head in kerosene-filled toilet--causing house to explode, man electrocuted by handling faucets connected to AC/DC welder (briefly transforming him into human skeleton), man's nose and derriere pierced with staples, man whacked with bricks, kerosene-saturated rope ignited while crooks climb down, missing step in ladder causes crooks to hit pavement face down, men whacked by huge lead pipe (twice), man hit on head with 100-pound bag of ready-to-mix cement, man saturated with paint), fist fights and physical assault; boy's pun unintentionally labels hotel clerk as homosexual; boy walks past skimpily-dressed prostitutes in street; humanistic approach to Christmas & vague New Age philosophy; some positive references to prayer and Christianity; petty theft; and, fallacies of "a good deed erases a bad one" and that Santa Claus is omnipresent.
In HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK, Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin) separates from his vacation-bound family for a wild adventure that involves defending his favorite toy store against crooks. The movie tries to outdo its predecessor with an added dose of slapstick violence, at the expense of original's most endearing qualities. Of course, HOME ALONE 2 affirms man's need for fellowship; however, the Christmas sentiments--such as good will and friendship--regrettably melt into a muddled humanism. For many, it was not the Kevin-vs-crooks showdown that made the original a success, but the storyline that affirmed Christian values, such as family, responsibility, repentance, and reconciliation.
In HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK, Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin) once again separates from his vacation-bound family for a wild adventure that involves defending his favorite toy store against crooks. Although Kevin manages to stick with his family all the way to the airport, he boards the wrong plane. Arriving in New York City, Kevin checks into the ritzy Plaza Hotel, where he lives it up. Eventually, Kevin meets up with the same crooks who robbed his house the year before. He overhears them planning to rob Duncan's Toy Store at midnight on Christmas Eve. Kevin sets out to thwart their efforts, chasing them to an abandoned, booby-trapped house for a slapstick showdown that mimics the original.
Unfortunately, the violence is extreme and almost stressful to watch. Of course, HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK affirms man's need for fellowship. However, the Christmas sentiments--such as good will and friendship--regrettably melt into a muddled humanism. For many, it was not the Kevin-vs-crooks showdown that made the original movie a success, but the clever storyline that affirmed family and Christian values, such as responsibility, repentance and reconciliation.