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Writer-producer John Hughes' followup to Home Alone lacks the spit-polish and magic of the blockbuster but still has plenty of absorbing characters, smart, snappy dialog and delightful stretches of comic foolery.

With:
Frank Whaley Jennifer Connelly Dermot Mulroney Kieran Mulroney Barry Corbin John Candy

Writer-producer John Hughes’ followup to Home Alone lacks the spit-polish and magic of the blockbuster but still has plenty of absorbing characters, smart, snappy dialog and delightful stretches of comic foolery.

Like Home Alone, story has a young man on his own to defend a fortress against bungling burglars, but in this case he’s a 21-year-old trapped in a job he hates (night janitor at a discount store) and pitted against gun-toting hoods out to clean out, not clean up, the store.

Jim (Frank Whaley) is a ne’er-do-well fast talker and nonstop liar bounced from as many deadend jobs as his humble hometown of Munroe, Ill, has to offer. He’s been given his last chance to succeed by his blue-collar father – or get kicked out of the house.

That’s when he discovers he’s not alone. Darkly voluptuous Josie (Jennifer Connelly), princess daughter of the town land baron, is locked in after falling asleep during a shoplifting spree.

Trapped together, the misfits discover each other, and, in the type of scenes Hughes writes best, sort out their differences and common ground from their horrifying high school years. But the guntoting hoods (Dermot and Kieran Mulroney) show up and they must turn their specialties to more immediate escape.

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Production: Universal/Hughes. Director Bryan Gordon; Producer John Hughes; Screenplay John Hughes; Camera Don McAlpine; Editor Glenn Farr, Peck Prior; Music Thomas Newman;; Art Director Paul Sylbert

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: Frank Whaley Jennifer Connelly Dermot Mulroney Kieran Mulroney Barry Corbin John Candy

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