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...