Both director and writer re-teamed with their child star Macaulay Culkin and launched into another Holiday adventure, this time on the streets of Manhattan. The city made for a great escape for Kevin and some great holiday backgrounds that included central park, the fictitious Duncan's Toy Chest toy store, a brownstone under massive renovation, the Park Plaza hotel and even the ceiling lighting loft of Carnegie Hall. The "wet bandits" take a stab at being the "sticky bandits" and Kevin once again gets to mix his defend-the-fortress hi-jinx with some truly heartwarming sentiment.
Perhaps, as much as these are classically very funny films, they are so tremendously re-watchable for their heart and soul. Kevin isn't just a smart-alecky pint size wrecking crew, he's also a sweet impressionable kid who cares about the people, particularly the older people, he meets. And by the end of each film, his family, including his wise guy siblings, are all included. And it's on Christmas morning in both films, that they also make him smile.
It's that heart that is the signature of director Chris Columbus and writer/producer John Hughes that make these films work so wonderfully time and time again. Here's just a little taste in the trailer for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, # 7 in our special holiday series The 12 Trailers of Christmas.