That cute, but devilish imp Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin – Home Alone, Richie Rich) is back for another romp. The story is nothing new as it is another Christmas season and the little guy has been forgotten and left behind by his family yet again. This is not brain surgery, folks. It worked once so why wouldn’t the duo of screenwriter John Hughes (Maid in Manhattan, Beethovan) and director Chris Columbus (I Love You, Beth Cooper, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) try it again. I mean, Macauly Culkin was still cute back then…
The McAllisters are planning a trip to Miami for the Christmas holidays. This time Kevin makes it all the way to the airport before he is once again separated from his family. He ends up on a plane bound for New York. His mother (Catherine O’Hara – Where the Wild Things Are, Best in Show) is in a panic and tries to find her little boy.
As Kevin has his father’s credit card he is able to get a room at the Plaza Hotel. It is not only a room, but a very fancy suite. During his time roaming around New York he makes friends with a toy store owner, E.F. Duncan (Eddie Bracken – Baby’s Day Out, Rookie of the Year) and a homeless woman, Pigeon Woman (Brenda Fricker – Milk, My Left Foot).
His old friends The Wet Bandits, Harry (Joe Pesci – Lethal Weapon 4, Casino) and Marv (Daniel Stern – Cityslickers, Whip It), have escaped from jail and they run into Kevin. Kevin finds out that they plan to rob Mr. Duncan’s toy store on Christmas Eve. The little boy alone in the Big Apple has to come up with a plan to stop them.
Though this is pretty much a carbon copy of the first “Home Alone” film somehow it is a little different. It has a little more depth to it than the first while still having the same type of silly physical comedy. This time the booby traps that little Kevin, who is far from an angel, are a little nastier this time out. But admittedly even though I knew what was coming I still found myself laughing. I am helpless in front of this type of comedy. It gets me every time.
-Trailers for Home Alone, Home Alone 2 and Home Alone 3