A year after they flew to Paris without their son at Christmas, the world’s worst parents do it again, this time jetting off to Florida with their impractically large extended family, while estranged son Kevin ends up on a plane to New York.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York does exactly what it says on the tin, with the same characters and story moments as the first outing (or inning?). The burglars even pop up again, with Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) running into their nemesis in the big city following their escape from prison. But thanks to a 5 second cameo from Donald Trump (in exchange for shooting at his gaudy hotel) they’re not the most incompetent crooks in the film.
To live up to its name the final showdown takes place in a home: that of Kevin’s aunt and uncle, which they’ve left while it undergoes renovation. He lures the crooks to the dilapidated shell to take revenge on them for robbing a toy store, even though the toy store would have been a much more entertaining setting for the confrontation.
Like the first film it hinges on Culkin’s charm, helped by decent production values and a suitably festive score from John Williams. But aside from spawning a video game named the worst movie-to-game adaptation of 1996 it does absolutely nothing of note. And while it may have led to two more sequels (sans Culkin), after this one it’s obviously time to leave it alone.