12. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Release Year: 1992
Directed By: Chris Columbus
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, Devin Ratray, Hillary Wolf, Tim Curry, Breanda Fricker, Rob Schneider
Before we dive into the Home Alone sequel, it’s worth issuing a brief warning that the film features a cameo from a certain President of the United States (the 45th, to be exact). Just in case you had forgotten and decided to give the movie a watch this Christmas, just be prepared to divert your attention or fast forward.
But other than that retrospective misfire, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York managed to capture the same fun and excitement of the original. This time around, the McCallister family is headed to Miami for the holidays, but in an airport slip-up, Kevin accidentally boards a flight to New York, thinking he’d followed his dad. Thankfully, he’s carrying his dad’s bag with his wallet and money and takes his opportunity to explore New York. However, he’s once again faced with the Wet Bandits and must outwit them and return to his family.
While Home Alone 2: Lost in New York made a worldwide gross of almost $359 million (over $100 million less that the first installment), critics didn’t enjoy their time with Kevin McCallister as much the second time around. The film holds a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Roger Ebert criticized the violence in the film. (He’s not wrong. Kevin definitely would have killed the Wet Bandits with all those paint cans.) But as a holiday comedy, the film excels. Skip the rest of the sequels and have a back-to-back marathon with two of the best Christmas movies ever.