Home Alone 2 Essay

  • Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New York too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget!

    —Anthony Pereyra

  • Once again, it is Christmas time, and the McCallister family is planning another vacation, only this time they are bound to vacate in Miami, Florida. Unfortunately, Kevin does not agree with the rest of his family about this upcoming vacation and once again he got himself into trouble again, regarding with a fight with his brother Buzz. But as he and his family arrived at the airport they could miss their flight, this is where the chaos which is Chicago/O'Hare airport causes Kevin to unknowingly separate from the rest of his family, so instead of Miami, he is going to New York (much to Kevin's dismay). But what Kevin will soon realize that he will not only be alone in a big city, having a luxury suite at the Plaza, and visiting some of New York's biggest stores and seeing some sites as well, he will also reunite with his rivals the "Wet Bandits" Harry Lime and Marv Merchants, who escaped from prison and to New York and are planning to rob a toy store named "Duncan's Toy Chest" where the owner E.F. Duncan is planning to use the money to donate it to the children's hospital. Kevin plans to defeat the wet bandits once and for all by using his uncle Rob's renovating townhouse and the equipment inside as traps to defeat them and save Duncan's Toy Chest.

    —John Wiggins

  • A year following the events of Home Alone, Kevin McCallister and his family are set to spend their Christmas vacation in Miami. However, at the airport, Kevin accidentally takes the wrong flight and finds himself in New York. With his father's bag and credit card, Kevin is able to book a suite and enjoy the city. However, Kevin's arch-enemies Harry and Marv have recently escaped from prison and find themselves in New York. After Kevin crosses paths with the duo, it's up to him to bring the duo back into custody.

    —Sam

  • Kevin McAllister and his family are planning to go to Miami, Florida during the holiday season this time around. At the airport, Kevin becomes seperated from his family and ends up on an airplane to New York City. Kevin manages to stop a taxi cab and has the driver take him to the Plaza Hotel, and using his father Peter's credit card, Kevin rents out a suite. While in New York, Kevin befriends E. F. Duncan, a friendly toy store owner, and Kevin also befriends a homeless Pigeon Woman then Kevin runs into his old enemies Harry and Marv, who have escaped from prison. When Kevin discovers that Harry and Marv plan to rob Mr. Duncan's toy store on Christmas Eve, Kevin makes plans to stop them. Kevin's mother Kate, upon realizing that she and the family have become seperated from Kevin, frantically tries to find Kevin.

    —Todd Baldridge

  • Kevin McCallister and his family are taking a vacation to Florida. At the airport Kevin loses his family and accidentally gets on a plane to New York City. After enjoying himself there for a while, he runs into his old enemies, Harry and Marv, who have escaped from prison. After finding out they are planning to shoplift in a toy store, he sets up a plan to put them behind bars once again. He sets up traps in an old house, and engulfs the duo with them. Afterwards, he is reunited by his family.

    —gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

  • One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.

    —David Rush

  • The synopsis below may give away important plot points.

    Synopsis

    • The McCallister family is preparing for another family trip, this time to Florida. However, Kevin is not at all happy, given that there aren't any Christmas trees in Florida.

      The evening before the trip, the family attends a school chorus, at which Kevin has a vocal solo. However, his older brother Buzz is also in the chorus, and causes a ruckus that eventually has Kevin attack his brother, ruining the performance.

      Back at home, Buzz apologizes to the family for his actions, but whispers an aside to Kevin that he just said that to force Kevin to apologize. Kevin vocally chastises everyone for taking Buzz's side, and is sent to the attic.

      Kevin's mother Kate comes to speak with him afterwards, wanting him to apologize, but Kevin refuses, claiming that if he had his own money, he'd take his own vacation away from his family.

      "Well you got your wish last year, maybe you'll get it again this year," says Kate.

      " hope so," says Kevin.

      The next day, the family almost misses their airport express to the airport, but luckily, they make it in time, along with Kevin. By the time the family arrives at the airport, they are still late for the plane and make a mad dash. Kevin accidentally falls behind, and when he looks up, mistakes one man for his Dad, and follows him to another plane.

      Eventually, the McCallister family makes it to Florida, where they realize they've lost Kevin again.

      Meanwhile, in New York, Kevin has arrived, but is unsure just where he is. Seeing no sign of his family, he looks out the airport window to see a non-tropical city. After asking an airline attendant where he is, Kevin first bemoans what has happened...but then realizes he can have some fun on his own.

      Kevin is also in possession of his Dad's bag, which has cash as well as credit cards.

      Back in Florida, Kevin's parents have reported him missing. After calling the Chicago airport, they find that no one has reported seeing him. It is then that Kevin's Dad finds that his wallet and credit cards are missing. The lost credit cards are reported so that if Kevin attempts to use one, they can be tracked.

      After wandering into Central Park, Kevin soon finds himself at the Plaza Hotel. Using a tape recorder, he tapes a message and slows down his voice, placing a hotel reservation. Kevin then proceeds to the front desk, where he convinces the clerk on duty that his Father sent him to check in with his credit card.

      The clerk processes the paperwork, but the Concierge nearby is suspicious of Kevin.Later that evening, he intends to access Kevin's room, but Kevin fools him into thinking that he has walked in on his Father, causing the concierge to flee.

      The next day, in order to make amends, the concierge arranges for a limousine and a pizza for Kevin. While Kevin is out, the Concierge then double-checks the credit card that was used, and finds that it has been labeled as 'stolen.'

      Meanwhile, Kevin has made his way to a toy store called Duncan's Toy Chest. Kevin makes some purchases, and the old man running the register then explains that all the purchases that are made at the store that day will have their money donated to the local children's hospital. Kevin then gives the cashier some extra money as well, and is given an ornament of two turtle doves as a gift for his donation. On the way out, Kevin soon realizes that he just met the toy store owner, Mr Duncan.

      As he decides what to do next, a familiar voice is heard, and Kevin turns around, only to come face-to-face with Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), the two men who attempted to rob his family's home last Christmas! Kevin rushes off, and heads back to the Plaza Hotel. Coming up to the Concierge, Kevin asks for help, but the Concierge instead confiscates Kevin's Credit Card, and intends to report him to the Police. Kevin takes off running again, and rushes into the hotel, heading for his room. Packing his things, he quickly heads out an emergency exit: only to run into Harry and Marv again.

      The two take Kevin with them, mentioning how they intend to rob Duncan's Toy Chest later that evening. However, Kevin escapes from them again, and rushes into Central Park to hide.

      Back in Florida, the local Police report to the McCallisters that Kevin used a credit card in New York, and the family packs to head off (many eager to escape the constant rainy weather).

      As night falls, Kevin heads to a house that supposedly belongs to his Uncle and Aunt, but finds it in a state of being repaired. Returning to Central Park, he finds an old woman tending to some pigeons. At first, Kevin is scared, but soon realizes that she means no harm to him.

      She and Kevin sneak into the rafters of Carnegie Hall and watch a performance. As they play, the old woman and Kevin talk, and share their thoughts about life.

      Finally, Kevin heads back out into the night, and comes across a children's hospital. Remembering what Harry and Marv plan to do, Kevin hatches a plan to stop them before they can steal the money. Kevin returns to the house owned by his Uncle and Aunt, and much like his own house the year before, booby-traps it.

      Kevin then heads back to Duncan's Toy Chest, where he sees Harry and Marv emptying a cash register through the window. Drawing their attention, he breaks the window, setting off the alarm.

      Kevin then leads them back to the house where he then manages to get the two thugs to fall for most of his traps, before attempting to lead them into Central Park. However, he ends up slipping on some ice, and Harry and Marv catch up to him.

      Kevin is then saved when the bird woman throws bird feed on the two, causing numerous birds to attack them. The Police arrive soon afterwards and arrest Harry and Marv.

    Everyone’s favourite Christmas sequel Home Alone 2 turns 25 this month. To celebrate the festive milestone, we’ve rounded up these interesting facts you probably didn’t know about it. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.

    Macauley Culkin made the big bucks

    The child star was paid $4,500,000 to play Kevin – the biggest salary ever to a twelve-year-old. Tidy.

    Joe Pesci treated Macauley mean

    Apparently, Culkin once asked Joe Pesci why he never smiled. He reportedly told him to shut up, explaining later, “he’s pampered a lot by a lot of people, but not me, and I think he likes that.”

    It was very, very cold

    So cold, in fact, that several of the cameras froze during filming. Yikes.

    Kevin’s room service bill was massive

    He ordered: two chocolate cakes, six chocolate mousses with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream topped with M&Ms, chocolate sprinkles, cherries, nuts, marshmallows, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, whipped cream, and bananas, six custard flans, a pastry cart, eight strawberry tarts, and thirty-six chocolate-covered strawberries. It all cost $967.

    Daniel Stern got a taste of pigeon

    During filming of the famous scene where Wet Bandit Marv gets attacked by pigeons, one bird accidentally flew into his mouth. “It was disgusting,” actor Daniel Stern said later.

    Light-fingered Marv took what he pleased

    In total, the dastardly crim pinched mittens, one scarf, one cowboy hat, one wrapped present, earmuffs, a beanie and a handful of change from the bell-ringer’s kettle.

    The original title wasn’t Home Alone 2

    It was actually ‘Alone Again’. Director Christopher Columbus didn’t want people to think it was a remake, so he changed the name.

    Donald Trump makes a cameo

    The Plaza – a super-fancy hotel where Kevin stays during the film – was then owned by POTUS. He gives Kevin directions to the lobby in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance.

    The Plaza’s real phone number was used

    Reservations went through the roof after the movie came out, with punters desperate to see the location for themselves.

    Kids tried to get Joe Pesci to rob their houses IRL

    According to Pesci, who played Wet Bandit Harry, children would stop him in the street and divulge their home addresses in the hope he’d burgle them like in the film.

    Michael Jackson visited Macauley on set

    The pair had met some years earlier when Culkin starred in The Nutcracker on Broadway. He also popped up in the video for Jackson’s 1991 hit ‘Black Or White’.

    Columbus wanted to film two sequels at once

    Conscious of Culkin’s advancing age, Columbus planned to film two sequels simultaneously before he got too old. But production studio Fox rejected the idea because it cost too much. So Alex D. Linz came in for the third film and it duly flopped. Nice one, Fox.

    The McCallister family home sold for loads

    The 4,250-square-foot, three-story Illinois mansion that Kevin’s family lives in fetched $1.5m back in 2012. Let’s hope the new owners updated security…

    There’s more than one Culkin in it

    Macauley’s obviously the main attraction, but little bro Kieran got his moment in the spotlight too. He plays Kevin’s snotty cousin Fuller.

    You can live like Kevin for a day in the real life Plaza

    The New York hotel offers a ‘Live Like Kevin’ package that includes a complimentary ice cream sundae cart, a 25th anniversary backpack and all of the Home Alone DVDs.

    There were presents for all

    Every child who appeared in the toy store scene was allowed to take their favourite toy home. It was included as part of their salary though, so technically wasn’t a freebie.

    It was the only Home Alone film to feature real snow

    Not very Christmassy, but most festive movies use fake snow on location. However, a blizzard hit the Home Alone 2 set before the shoot, providing more of the white stuff than anticipated.

    The bandits would have been seriously injured in real life

    According to Entertainment Weekly, who had a doctor analyse the effects of tricky Kevin’s stunts, a brick to the face would have caused “at best, brain damage, at worst, death.”

    Catherine O’Hara was worried mum didn’t care enough

    O’Hara, who plays Kevin’s mum, thought her character wasn’t distraught enough at her son going missing (for the second time). So extra scenes were added to show her concern.

    Tim Curry’s hotel concierge was called Mr Hector

    It’s never mentioned in the film, but the Pennywise actor’s charming doorman did actually have a name in the script.

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    The pigeon woman was inspired by Mary Poppins

    Brenda Fricker’s grubby hero, who saves Kevin from the Wet Bandits, was based on the “old bird woman” from Disney’s 1964 classic.

    Joe Pesci shares a character with Orson Welles

    Harry Lime, one half of the dopey criminal duo The Wet Bandits, is also the name of the titular character in Welles’ 1949 film noir The Third Man.

    Did you spot this Pennywise reference?

    Remember when Kevin uses a blow up clown doll to trick Mr Hector into thinking his dad is in the shower? Yeah, that’s a clever nod to Curry’s turn as Pennywise in Stephen King’s 1990 mini-series It.

    Ally Sheedy from The Breakfast Club is in it

    The ‘80s favourite makes a cameo as a grumpy airport agent talking on the phone. Sheedy is best known as quiet loner Allison in The Breakfast Club.

    It’s got Christopher Columbus’ directorial trademark

    Both Home Alone, Home Alone 2 and Gremlins – all written or directed by Columbus – feature clips from Yuletide classic It’s A Wonderful Life. How very festive.

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