Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
In December 1990 Macaulay Culkin was left home-alone by his family as they jetted off to Paris for Christmas vacation. It was a stunning oversight by Macaulay’s mum, Catherine O’Hara, but one that was ultimately forgiven by filmgoers the world over when the results proved both heartwarming and incredibly, often painfully funny. Two years later, however, she did it again.
It would be contrived enough to suppose that any mother would leave her child behind twice in as many years, especially given the lack of intervention by social services, but that wasn’t the only gimmick the writers had to recreate. A large part of the first film’s success was in its pitting Culkin’s Kevin against bumbling burglars The Wet Bandits. For the sequel, the thieves not only had to escape prison in Winnetke, Illinois, but happen upon Kevin on Christmas Eve in New York City too.