Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Nostalgia Critic

This episode brought to you by Stardust: Fans sharing video reactions to movies, TV, and trailers. Hello, I’m the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don’t have to. Well, it’s Christmas Eve, and that means meeting up with your friends and loved ones. And trying to stop them from killing each other. Especially when your friends and loved ones are as polar opposite as they can get. Malcolm: Uncle Lies, Aunt Despair, can I have some water tonight? Uncle Lies: Well, I suppose you’ve been good enough this year. Honey, why don’t you share some of yours? Aunt Despair: Here you go. Chester A. Bum: Oh, now that’s no way to treat a child! Doe: Yeah, why don’t you raise yours like we raised ours? Tamara: I’m pretty sure they did raise me before I got abandoned in the Balto review. Aunt Despair: Mmm, no, that wasn’t you. Tamara: Pretty sure it was. Uncle Lies: No, we remember the children we abandon. Chester: Do you? Critic: Well, I don’t know about you, but I sure am excited for our Christmas meal! Malcolm: Yeah, where is it? We’ve been waiting forever. Uncle Lies: Now, son, don’t make us abandon you like we did her. Doe: But you just said- NC: The meal’s taking a while because it’s being specially delivered. Trust me, you’ll only want an expert to deal with something so perfectly Christmasy. Chester: Well, as long as it’s edible, I’m good. Doe: Honey! Chester: OK, it doesn’t have to be edible. Aunt Despair: That explains why your kid looks like she ate chimney. Tamara: It tasted like dying! Doe: Well, at least we know where our kid is! Aunt Despair: What are you even talking a- Oh, now I get it. Uncle Lies: Hey, boy, stop eating that glue and save some for me! Malcolm: I feel colors! Chester: Parents of the year. Doe: He won’t even share! Aunt Despair: You say something over there, Pubic Wig? NC: Hey, why don’t we watch a movie?! The perfect Christmas interaction where we don’t have to have any interaction. Aunt Despair: Home Alone 2? You couldn’t even put on Home Alone 1? Malcolm: Ooh, I love this movie. Uncle Lies: You do? Tamara: Me, too! Doe: I thought most people only like the first one. NC: Exactly, they’ve seen it so many times, it’s practically background noise. But everyone has interesting thoughts about Home Alone 2. You see, when the original came out in 1990, it was huge. It played at #1 for 12 weeks and turned a relatively unknown child actor, Macaulay Culkin, into a mega star. So not surprisingly, 2 years later, a sequel came about, giving everybody the same comedy they grew to love. And I do mean THE SAME COMEDY. Many people were angered at how much repeating there was, reusing the same jokes, scenarios, even teaching the same lessons that was learned in the original! Macaulay Culkin and director Chris Columbus even mock it in the first film’s commentary. Chris Coloumbus’ Commentary: John, you said you could write this on the weekend. I wonder how long it took you to write the second one. It’s like a little bit of cut-and-paste, and boom, you’re done! Sequel! Bam! NC: But much like Ghostbusters 2, people totally forgot they hated it because… C’MON! Well, I’m here to see if there’s any validity to that “C’MON!” and look at a movie that seems to divide many, but at least can serve as a harmless distraction. Aunt Despair: I’m only watching this for Sharknado star John Heard. Chester: Give it a chance. This is the greatest movie I’ve ever seen in my life, and I don’t say that often. Doe: It’s true. NC: Let’s take a gander at Home Alone 2. We start off this roller coaster of variety with practically the same music against the same credits with the same exterior shot followed by the same interior shot. OK, I know you’re trying to establish a style, but when you don’t even need to move the tripods from your last shoot, you might wanna mix it up a bit. Hopefully, everyone’s character traits are repeated, too. Uncle Frank: Hey, easy on the fluids, pal. Buzz: Now you can be a scag of a slightly darker shade of skin. Uncle Frank: You better not wreck my trip, you little sourpuss. Your dad’s paying good money for it. Kevin: And you know what? If I had my own money, I’d go on my own vacation alone. NC: Yeah, OK, let’s address what’s arguably one of the biggest problems with the film: Macaulay Culkin’s performance sucks. But it’s not really his fault. He already played up the kid who has to act like an adult in the first film and he immediately became the biggest star in the world. And that’s not exaggerating, he was everywhere for a while. That kind of attention, so quickly, so young, is gonna result in this kind of performance. The “I don’t care I’m cool as shit now” performance. Kevin: He didn’t mean what he said, he was just sucking up to you. At first, you look kinda scary, but when I think about it, it’s not so bad. Without any of you guys, and I’d have the most fun in my whole life. NC: It would happen to you, it would happen to me, it would happen to anyone. There’s really no blame. It’s just the situation. With that said, let’s make fun of this like hell! Kate: Honey, are you packed yet? Kevin: Yes. Talkboy: Yes. NC: I’m trying to see if I can literally phone in my performance. Kate: Did you see what Grandma Penelope sent you for the trip? Kate: Did you see what Grandma Penelope sent you for the trip? An inflatable clown to play with in the pool. Kevin: How exciting. Kevin: How exciting. NC: I can’t tell. Are you excited? It’s eerily similar to all the times you “actually” are excited!
NC: I can’t tell. Are you excited? It’s eerily similar to all the times you “actually” are excited! NC: I can’t tell. Are you excited? It’s eerily similar to all the times you “actually” are excited! It’s eerily similar to all the times you actually are excited! Kevin: Merry Christmas, Kevin. This is the greatest accident of my life. How exciting. Why do we have to go to Florida? There’s no Christmas trees in Florida. Kate: Kevin, what is it with you and Christmas trees? TV: Stay at the world renowned Plaza Hotel. NC: Yeah, most of this opening dialogue you can just replace with… “Why can’t setup for second or third act payoff?” “Bad joke to make it look like we’re not setting up for the second or third act payoff.” “Honey, did you setup for second or third act payoff?” “Segue to other setup for second or third act payoff to make you forget about this setup for second or third payoff.” Speaking of which… Kevin has to grab his tie while his uncle sings in the shower and decides to record it. I do hope the dollar store microphone on that thing picks up the clearest audio both inside and outside the room. Frank: Get out of here, you nosy little pervert, or I’m going to slap you silly! NC: Ironically, Macaulay Culkin might be the only person from Hollywood not told that yet. He performs at a Christmas pageant with his brother Buzz, who proceeds to make fun of him. Oh, those easily amused pageant-goers. Look, the letter B! You’re so ready to watch Home Alone 3! Kevin finds out what Buzz is doing and punches him. But, because this is a Family Matters episode now it has to go more over the top. Urkel: Did I do that? NC: Funny enough, this reveals that the only character in this sequel that strangely evolved is Buzz. I know that sounds strange, seeing how bullies are always the most underdeveloped characters, but he legitimately grows as a character. He’s still a bully, but now he knows how to manipulate, his vocabulary shot up, and he seems wittier and funnier. Buzz: My prank was immature and ill timed. Merry Christmas, indeed. What a troubled young man. NC: The only downgrade is when he is mean, his wordage is a lot more… um… Disney Channel. Buzz: Beat that, you little trout sniffer. NC: Ooh, trout sniffer, that’s much more intimidating than… Buzz: […] If you were growing on my ass! NC: But hey, if you’re not a fan of how the language in this one is more cleaned up than the last one, don’t worry, there’s plenty of more shit repeated from the first film. Kevin: If I had my own money I’d go on my own vacation, alone. Kate: Well, you got your wish last year, maybe you’ll get it again this year. NC (as Kate): It all depends on how lazy and rushed the writer is to get his paycheck. Oh, you’re in luck. Kate and Peter: WE DID IT AGAIN! AAAAH! NC: You hear that, wall we’re randomly screaming at? AAAUGH! Speed up the film, play William’s Not-Cracker music again, rinse, repeat, water down. This time, Kevin makes it,at least,as far as the airport with his family, but they get separated and Kevin gets on the wrong plane. Man: We have to close up here, they’re ready to go. Woman: He dropped his boarding pass. Kevin: This plane can’t leave! Man: Board him, but make sure he locates his family before you leave him. NC: Well, 9/11 hasn’t happened yet, so go ahead! Aunt Calamity: I have some theories on why 9/11 really happened. Doe: Really? Chester: Do tell. NC: Oh look, another possibly debatable funny scene! Yeah, watch this over and see if you snicker at something a little odd. Kevin: Have you ever been to Florida? Man: [Speaking French] NC: Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t seem that funny. Whatever, he looks at the camera because a guy in a different language won’t shut up. But realistically, it’s the most nonsensical awkward moment. We know he’s supposed to be looking at the audience, but in this situation, there is no audience. So imagine you’re talking to me and I suddenly just went… That’d be super weird! And why is this guy still talking? He knows Kevin doesn’t speak French. Does he think he made a friend? A friend who slowly shades you by looking at the airplane set with more space than any plane ever built? It’s actually kind of hilarious, just not at all for the intended reasons. Kate: Aah, I just have that feeling. Peter: We have everybody. There’s nothing to worry about. Kate: Yeah, you’re right. You’re right. We’re fine. (V/O): American Airlines: Losing Your Luggage AND Your Kids NC: So Kevin, of course, ends up in New York and checks to see where he is. Kevin: What city is that over there? Woman: That city is New York, sir. Kevin: Yikes, I did it again. NC: Anyone else feel like Culkin’s blank stare is trying to eat your soul? Macaulay Culkin: YOU TASTE LIKE INNOCENCE! NC: Let’s do this shtick again. Kevin (“bummed”): My family’s in Florida and I’m in New York. (…but not really) My family’s in Florida- NC: Oh, c’mon, in the original he had to really think about it, dealing with the fact that his family was gone but then thinking about all the mean things they said to him! Here, it just looks like he suddenly thought of his residual check! Kevin: My family’s in Florida and I’m in New York. [$Cha-ching$] My family’s in Florida- NC: Speaking of money, he uses all the cash in his dad’s bag he accidentally took to see New York. He even checks out sites that are… um… uncomfortable to say the least. Aunt Despair: You see, it was all a conspiracy by the Satanists, which is why you can see the face in the smoke. NC: Hey, look, the Goodfeathers! Yup, Kevin passes by a truck the escaped convicts snuck into and their sequel material is much to be a-scared of. Harry: Smell that? Marv: Yeah Harry: You know what that is? Marv: Fish. Harry: It’s freedom. Marv: No, it’s fish. NC: Sorry, Matthew Brodrick will master this routine six years later. There is no need in trying to top him. Harry: We get ourselves a couple of phony passports. And we hightail it to some foreign country Marv: Arizona? NC: Oh I do hope there’s more secretary from Ghostbusters reboot material with him! Speaking of coincidence, they ALL happen to be in New York at the exact same time, but Kevin JUST misses them passing them in the street. causing Marv to bump into someone. Marv: *speaking French* Harry: Serves you right! C’mon lets go! NC: Why did that anger him so much? This is a guy who breaks into God knows how many houses and almost commits child murder yet, speaking French to a woman was too far? Imagine how he’d react to this guy *speaking French* *gunshots* NC: Kevin makes his way to the famous Plaza Hotel but, not before coming across a disturbing character? Kevin: SICK! NC: Why? I mean, okay this is obviously a retrend of the old man gimmick from the first one but, he had a creepy backstory and could at times look very scary. This is a Susan Boyle and Mrs. Doubtfire hybrid, she doesn’t look the least bit frightening! I-Is it because she has birds? Is that it!? Birds aren’t scary; You’re literally feeding them in a later scene! If it were bats, it’d be scary. If it was insects,it’d be scary. If it was rats- anything but BIRDS! There’s lierally a Mary Poppins song about this scenario! It is famously charming and NOT THE LEAST BIT INTIMIDATING! WHO KNOWS!? Maybe it was meant to be a horror film! He finally makes it to the hotel where he comes across a… ahem… ‘Interesting’ cameo…

100 thoughts on “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Nostalgia Critic

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  2. I just realized those are suppose to be rich liberals but jesus the arch of your review was better then the original home alone movie.

  3. 14:34 When Rob Schneider begged Kevin to wait, he sounded similar to Norm from Norm of the North. So I guess Beta Norm the Polar Bear in 1992 before the 2016 release

  4. I Paused the video at 9:30, and Culkin's face reminds me of the kids from that one old Oreo cookies commercial.

  5. I love Nostalgic Critics's videos, but Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is one of my favorite Christmas movies besides A Christmas Story. This movie is funny as hell & it is not Christmas until me and my family watch it

  6. look very closely when Harry and Marv fall for the easiest pranks that they never ed learned in the first movie

  7. Just imagine that your actually there with your family on Christmas Eve and he just starts talking to no one. You would think wtf who the hell is he talking to lol.

  8. Hahaha I never heard that one before, the " I'm cool as shit now so I don't care " performance. But that does seem like that's what's going on. And yeah, this movie is just a copy and paste of the first one.

  9. I feel like you missed the fact that Marv's brains would have definitely been splattered across the concrete after the first brick from the fourth floor let alone four bricks it's no longer a children's film after Kevin goes all brain splatter on the supporting cast

  10. I remember I used to prefer this to the original. Mainly because some of the booby traps were so much more intense than the first (falling several stories, the electrocuting sink, and the flaming rope are possibly my favorites). But now I enjoy it by thinking of it as more of a reboot than a sequel.

  11. I actually like both 1 and 2. First movie for the originality and Second for the funny bland acting of the actor cause even he knew "Oh so we're doing the same movie again?"

  12. I feel like Macaulay Culkin just acted the way he did in this movie cause he just wanted to parody alot of Christmas/emotional movies😂😂😂

  13. I thought of a reboot for home alone first I'd make the parents strict and gives him 500 usd then leaves the country so more dicks than the original McAlister family then I thought about the villains so Harry and marv are actually dangerous so I thought they should kill people however with the neglect of Kevin he basically is a mastermind so he tortures them with cutting off their hands making a cut on their stomach but not enough to kill them but kevin leaves and accidentally leaves big knives close to the chairs that they straight up child's play 2 putting those knives into their missing hand so they escape and wait for kevin Kevin gets a gun and he shoots Harry and marv cleans up the blood with multiple chemicals completely getting rid of the blood wears a suit and carries the body into a river to make it more believable change his age and make him strong so 14 so he cleans up more blood and we should change his home location to a nice house in the country also what he learns from buzz is manipulation and so when he sees the bodies he acts surprised rated R home alone coming never

  14. Tim Curry is actually terrified of clowns and when playing Pennywise in IT insisted on no mirrors while on set he didn't want to see himself in the makeup

  15. I actually watched this one more than the first as a kid.

    The reason? I'd been to New York as a kid and I recognized the locations. That's really it. I enjoy both films about equally.

  16. "Kevin what is up with you and Christmas trees?"
    well dang i don't know maybe because it's Christmas????

  17. Home Alone 2 is like that giant burger you can't fit in your mouth.

    If you never saw the original, sure you'd love it, but when you do see the original, you'll yearn for that.

  18. 34:36 I love how when Buzz starts shouting only Kevin reacts as if only he can hear it. It's like he has an sixth sense for when he's gonna get in trouble

  19. 8:46 the other guy don't speak french either. It's just some random words in french with a bad accent. Sorry for my bad English, i'm french.

  20. I personally still like the sequel. It’s my 2nd favorite movie of all time, a couple points down from Home Alone 1.

  21. Fixing the problem for homeless ppl is super easy.
    All a bum has to do is stop wanting to be a bum and actually work for the things they need. Sadly tho most bums don’t want to be normal cuz they know there will always be chumps out there to give them free money n food.
    That’s the sad truth
    Great reviews tho, always like the videos

  22. Hey Doug, I dare you to watch "Bone Alone". No, it is not a gay porno parody of "Home Alone". It is a fusion of "Cats & Dogs" and "Home Alone 3"

  23. would have had another level of depth if pigeon lady had a man run her credit cards and now she's got too much debt to get a house. kevin could realize "holy shit im doing that to my parents"

  24. 3:48 Different product placement. The Bed Wetter in the first one was drinking Pepsi. This time he's drinking Coke.

  25. I reaaaally hate it when they take someone speaking such a bad french with such an OVIOUS american accent to play a french person… I mean, it's not that hard to find an ACTUAL french person for a production that big, right ?

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