Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Hughes Entertainment

Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, Rob Schneider, John Heard, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is at it again. The family is about to head off for a family Christmas vacation in Miami when Kevin gets misdirected in the airport. Following a guy in a trench coat just like his father, Kevin accidentally ends up on a plane to New York City while the family is on their way to Miami. As clever as Kevin is though, he rents a room a the Plaza and spends his time relaxing in the suite, enjoying Christmas in New York and bumping into the same two bumbling crooks who he fought last year. Add to that a snoopy desk clerk (Tim Curry) and a bellhop (Rob Schneider) who are trying to find out all the can find out about the boy. His parents have no idea where he is, and it’s going to take a lot to try to find Kevin this time!

I’m glad I took that chance to catch this one again on the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family. It’s not nearly as bad as I thought it was. Frequently a film that we are disappointed in, turns out to be better than we remembered upon a later viewing. I think the original problem I had with this film was that it got pretty silly after a while. In trying to do the physical comedy thing in beating up the bandits, they do go a bit overboard. But aside from that, it was actually a pretty decent sequel. The setup for how Kevin manages to get lost again was very well thought out.

There are a couple cute cameos in the film as well. Mr. Duncan who owns the toy shop where the robbery is set to take place is played by Eddie Bracken. He was the guy who played the Walt Disneyish part in National Lampoons Vacation who owns Wally World. Also Donald Trump makes an appearance at the Plaza.

All in all, it was not an awful sequel. It is a lot weaker than the first, it’s true, but it’s not nearly as bad as it seemed nearly ten years ago. It’s a lot more fun than I remembered, and I’m really glad I chose to watch it once again. You go Kevin. Supposedly Kevin was paid Ten Million Dollars for the appearance in this sequel due to the success of the first one. That was the biggest payday for a 12 year old up to that point.

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