BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
The gist: The McAllister’s have done it again; they’ve left Kevin behind, this time not at home but stranded in New York after losing sight of him at the airport. And of course, Harry and Marv are back at their act again (this time as the Sticky Bandits, not Wet Bandits) and they’re at large in New York too.
Naughty or nice: Mostly nice, but with some naughty antics.
Why it gets us in the spirit: It’s family-oriented story about dopey criminals on the trail of a ten-year-old boy, who fired back at full force. When you look at it that way, it’s not your typical Christmas movie, but it’s full of genuine holiday spirit.
Magic moment: Okay, maybe magical is the wrong word, but it’s definitely the best moment: When Kevin plays and pauses scenes from seemingly his favourite mobster movie, Angels with Filthy Souls, fooling the hotel staff into thinking the room was actually inhabited by a gangster named Johnny. Plus, it’s got some of the most quotable lines like, “I’m gonna give you to the count of three to get your lousy, lyin’, low-down, four flushing carcass out my door.”
Santa sighting: None here, but like I said, no shortage of spirit at all, with moments of kindness, giving and open-heartedness.
Accompanying carol: It’s not a Christmas carol… but I have to say “Cool Jerk” by The Capitols, when his uncle is singing in the shower, which Kevin replays later to prank the hotel concierge.
Perfect present for: The cousins you grew up watching this movie with, even when it wasn’t Christmas.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYlzpZNRMAo]