Macaulay Culkin was paid 8 million dollars to star in this movie, the biggest paycheck ever to a 12 year-old child.
Cameo: Donald Trump makes an appearance in the Plaza lobby where Kevin asks him for directions.
All of the children who appeared in the toy store scene were allowed to take their favorite toy home as part of their salary.
One encounter has him befriending a "Pigeon Lady," a la the "Feed the Birds" number from Mary Poppins. To get the scene, Columbus had 350 pigeons trained for 12 weeks to land just right on Brenda Fricker, playing the Pigeon Lady.
Kate McCallister: What kind of idiots do you have working here?
Mrs. Stone, Desk Clerk: The finest in New York.
Cedrick the Bellman: Do you know how the TV works?
Kevin McCallister: I'm 10-years-old. TV is my life.
Kevin McCallister: You can mess with a lot of things, but you can't mess with kids on Christmas. Submit Quotes
GOOFS AND BLUNDERS
When Kevin lights the rope on fire, he turns to run away and a crew member is visible through the window.
When Harry and Marv run out of the toy store's broken window, near the end of the movie, there are several shots of them where you can see into the store behind them. In one of these shots, you can see a person's left shoulder move behind a display on the left side of the screen (the person is wearing a heavy green jacket). Submit Goofs
I have a feeling that "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" is going to be an enormous box office success, but include me out. I didn't much like the first film, and I don't much like this one, with its sadistic little hero who mercilessly hammers a couple of slow-learning crooks. Nor did I enjoy the shameless attempt to leaven the mayhem by including a preachy subplot about the Pigeon Lady of Central Park. Call me hardhearted, call me cynical, but please don't call me if they make "Home Alone 3." Reviewed by: TV Guide.
HOME ALONE 2 pales next to its predecessor. For all its demerits, the first film did an astounding job of encapsulating a child's rage toward the adult world, with Kevin's sadistic treatment of the crooks a seemingly fair return for the treatment he'd been getting from grown-ups in general. The second time around, everything seems forced. In addition, the film fails to make us believe that Kevin wants his family back the way he did in HOME ALONE. His life on the streets of New York seems almost idyllic, despite his problems with the two crooks. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times.
Parents need to know that they can expect the same kind of slapstick violence in this second Home Alone movie, mostly against the robbers who picked on the wrong precocious kid once again. The main character throws bricks, sets deadly traps, and more in attempts to stop the bumbling duo and is gleefully proud of himself every time they get hurt. Parents should also know that the movie opens with quite a bit of family conflict and that there's fighting -- even some physical violence -- among siblings. Reviewed by: Common Sense Media.
Talk about beating a dead horse! When Home Alone was released in 1990, it was a breath of fresh air, and the final box office tally indicated how much audiences appreciated a genuinely-funny family film. The unexpectedly high gross guaranteed a sequel, so, two years later, we were subjected to Home Alone 2, which might as well have been called Clone Alone for all of the originality it exhibited. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli of Reel Views. Submit Review