Home Alone 2 is a Love Letter to the Old NYC I Sorely Miss

Upon revisiting that old love letter, I found myself uncontrollably sobbing several times at this time capsule of the city my family called home for over 130 years.

Rachel Presser
Nov 29, 2020 · 15 min read
Still of Home Alone 2 where Kevin is riding in a yellow taxi down the Queensboro Bridge
Still of Home Alone 2 where Kevin is riding in a yellow taxi down the Queensboro Bridge
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Christmas movies are a genre spanning timeless cinematic masterpieces that now reside in the Library of Congress, to forgettable dreck that barely earned enough at the box office to buy a cheese pizza.

Of all the notable children’s movies of the 90s, particularly Christmas ones, Home Alone is one that gets discussed on YouTube and social media easily the most often today: and its Gotham-based sequel seems to get even more love than the original.

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Screenshot from Home Alone 2, closeup of Plaza Hotel reservation card for Peter McAllister with a room rate of $355 per night
Screenshot from Home Alone 2, closeup of Plaza Hotel reservation card for Peter McAllister with a room rate of $355 per night
©20th Century Fox // On a sidenote, you really have to appreciate how much attention to detail the set dressers and prop masters put into this movie. Even for all the scenes that were filmed in these hotels in Chicago or backlots and sound stages, the Plaza’s branding on these cards, the towels at the pool, and other minute details are so prominent.

The story in the first Home Alone could’ve been told anywhere. But only New York could host the second movie.

So no, Home Alone 2 wouldn’t have held up in any other city while the first Home Alone could’ve been filmed anywhere.

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©20th Century Fox // Honestly, I don’t think sex workers from any generation would have sarcastically approach a child like this. Wait…John Hughes wrote this and I think that despite being a trailblazer for portraying teen angst, he had major issues in portraying adult women.

In a city full of dualities, there’s also this stark duality Kevin experiences that becomes more obvious seeing it again as an adult.

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©20th Century Fox // I HAD to show this image again. It was the best example, and just perfectly encapsulates a complete escape from Kevin’s normal life.
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©20th Century Fox // I can’t even get grouchy about slippery buses and subways, my socks getting wet because my boots leaked, and my face being bitten by the cold. I know I’ll miss some of this magic when I move to LA.

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Rachel Presser

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Game dev, writer, small biz & tax consultant to indie devs. Above all, socialist childfree shitposting crazy toad lady from The Fucking Bronx www.sonictoad.com

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