It is the second film in the Home Alone series and the sequel to the film Home Alone. The film follows Kevin Culkin , a year-old boy, who once again must fend off two burglars, Harry and Marv Pesci and Stern , after he is mistakenly separated from his family on their Christmas vacation. A sequel featuring a new cast of characters, Home Alone 3 , followed in Peter and Kate's youngest son, Kevin, sees Florida as contradictory to Christmas, due to its lack of Christmas trees.
Later, at a school pageant, Kevin's brother Buzz pulls a prank against him, causing Kevin to retaliate and ruin the pageant. Buzz half-heartedly apologizes, but Kevin berates his family before storming to the attic again, wishing to have his own vacation alone. Because Peter had accidentally unplugged the alarm clock, the family oversleeps again and they rush to make their flight.
At the airport , Kevin stops to replace the batteries in his Talkboy with new ones from Peter's bag. Losing sight of his family, Kevin inadvertently boards a flight to New York City after mistakenly following a man who is dressed like Peter. Upon arrival in New York City, Kevin decides to tour the city. While there, Kevin meets a homeless woman tending pigeons in Central Park , which frightens him. Kevin goes to the Plaza Hotel , where he uses Peter's credit card to check-in.
Meanwhile, Harry and Marv, now calling themselves the "Sticky Bandits", have traveled to New York as well by stowing away in a fish truck after recently escaping from a prison in Chicago during a riot , and immediately begin seeking a new target to build up a fortune and then flee the country.
On Christmas Eve, Kevin visits a toy store where he meets its philanthropic owner, Mr. Kevin learns that the proceeds from the store's Christmas sales will be donated to a children's hospital, and provides a donation. As a token of appreciation, Mr. Duncan offers Kevin a pair of ceramic turtledoves as a gift, instructing him to give one to another person as a gesture of eternal friendship.
After encountering Harry and Marv outside the store, Kevin runs away, and returns to the Plaza. The hotel's concierge confronts Kevin about the credit card, which has been reported stolen. Kevin flees the hotel after evading the staff, but is ambushed by Harry and Marv, who brag about their plan to kill him and break into the toy store at midnight, just before he escapes and flees to Central Park and stows away on the back of a hansom cab.
After landing at Miami International Airport , the rest of the family discovers that Kevin is missing. After tracking the whereabouts of the credit card, they fly to New York. Meanwhile, Kevin goes to his uncle Rob's townhouse, only to find the house vacant and undergoing renovations while Rob and his family are still in Paris. In Central Park, he again encounters and befriends the pigeon lady. They go to Carnegie Hall , where the pigeon lady explains how her life collapsed when her lover left her.
Kevin encourages her to trust people again, and promises to be her friend. After considering the pigeon lady's advice that he perform a good deed to make up for his misdeeds, he decides to prevent Harry and Marv from robbing the toy store. Having rigged the townhouse with booby traps , Kevin arrives at the toy store during Harry and Marv's robbery, takes their picture, and breaks a window, triggering the store's alarm.
He then lures them to the townhouse, where they spring the traps and suffer various injuries. While the duo searches for Kevin outside of the townhouse, he calls the police , and lures them into Central Park, where they capture him.
Before they can shoot him, the pigeon lady intervenes and incapacitates them with birdseed and pigeons. Kevin then sets off fireworks to signal the police, who arrive shortly after to arrest Harry and Marv, finding Kevin's evidence against them.
At the toy store, Mr. Duncan finds a note from Kevin, explaining the robbery. Remembering his fondness for Christmas trees, Kate finds Kevin making a wish at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree , and they reconcile. On Christmas Day, a truckload of gifts arrive at the McCallisters' hotel room from the toy store as a reward for Kevin foiling the robbery.
Kevin reconciles with the rest of his family, and goes to Central Park to give the pigeon lady the second turtledove, cementing their friendship. 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 was produced as a tie-in for the movie by Tiger Electronics based on specifications provided by John Hughes and the movie studio, and sold particularly well after the film was released on home video. It was later released on DVD on October 5, as a basic package. 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 result, with some exceptions, plays like an over-elaborate parody of the first film, reminding us why we enjoyed it without being able to duplicate its appeal. The pleasures here are entirely cruel, with an unhealthy concentration on the suffering of the victims, on the thudding impact of various objects against their heads, on their howls of agony.
Janet Maslin for The New York Times acknowledged that " Home Alone 2 may be lazily conceived, but it is staged with a sense of occasion and a lot of holiday cheer. The return of Mr. Culkin in this role is irresistible, even if this utterly natural comic actor has been given little new to do. Pesci and Mr. Stern bring great gusto to their characters' stupidity, to the point where they are far funnier just walking and talking than they are being hurt. But no, it is not a drag, and it is not a rip-off. Look on it as a twice-told fairy tale.
And they are presented with an energy and a conviction that sequels usually lack. 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, , 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.
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. The album eventually was discontinued and later re-released as Home Alone Christmas in by Sony BMG with an alternative 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. 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. Home Alone 2 was novelized by Todd Strasser and published by Scholastic in to coincide with the film.
The "point" version, which have the same storyline, was also novelized by A. It has an ISBN of An audiobook version was also released read by Tim Curry who played the concierge in the film. The novel also takes place one year after the events of the first film, but the ages of Kevin and his siblings are given as being two years older than the first film.
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. A second sequel, Home Alone 3 , with a new cast followed in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
For the video game based on this film, see Home Alone 2 video game. Theatrical release poster. Hughes Entertainment. Release date. Running time. Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, a rambunctious year-old with a penchant for creating harmful inventions, and the main protagonist Joe Pesci as Harry, a short, hot-tempered thief, and one of the two main antagonists Daniel Stern as Marv, a tall, dim-witted thief, and one of the two main antagonists Catherine O'Hara as Kate, Kevin's mother John Heard as Peter, Kevin's father Devin Ratray as Buzz, Kevin's oldest brother who often gets him into trouble Hillary Wolf as Megan, Kevin's oldest sister Maureen Elisabeth Shay as Linnie, Kevin's older sister; she was previously portrayed by Angela Goethals in the first film Michael C.
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