Getting into the holiday spirit
3. "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (Chris Columbus, 1992)
I don’t know if I’m ready to call “Home Alone 2" a superior film to the original, but I do know I prefer it. It has less to do with quality than the overall atmosphere the film evokes. New York is the most fetching of Christmas settings and moving the story there was probably the only call to make, but taking Kevin McCallister on a tour of the Big Apple is exciting for any kid. Again, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern serve as a brilliant pair of villains, perhaps offering more laughs than their work in the original, which is an accomplishment to say the least. Tim Curry and Rob Schneider add plenty of yuk-yuks as well.