A Twice-Told Fairy Tale

TITLE: HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK

DIRECTOR: CHRIS COLUMBUS

WRITER: JOHN HUGHES

THE BOTTOM LINE: Surprise -- an uncynical sequel that actually deserves its assured success.

Act I: an extended, flurried family departs for a holiday trip, in the process mislaying its youngest member. Act II: at first the kid is frightened to find himself all alone in a big scary world, but then he begins to enjoy his freedom. Act III: threatened by comical bad guys, he begins to long for the loving comfort of Mom, Dad and even his hateful older brother. Nevertheless, he copes bravely and...

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