Unaccompanied Minors
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2007
Unaccompanied Minors

It's Christmas Eve and there's a blizzard that shuts down an airport stranding onboard travelers. Spencer (Dylan Christopher) and his sister Katherine (Dominique Saldana) are stuck in an Unaccompanied Minors room for the holiday instead of spending it with their Father. In the UMS room, there a group of kids (including Spencer) that keep trying to get out of the room get into even more trouble. While those kids are being chased around the airport by security, the Unaccompanied Minors that were still in the room (including Katherine) get taken over to a hotel right behind the airport. Spencer and the others decide to put aside their differences and work together to get out of the airport so Spencer can get to his sister before she finds out Santa didn't bring her any Christmas presents. Will Spencer be able to reach his sister before Christmas morning?

I loved this movie because it's hilarious and adventurous. It makes you want to laugh out loud and jump out of you're seat. It's the best movie I've seen all year! It will definitely, make you want to see it again. This movie ideally shows you a funny Christmas story.

I totally recommend this movie for people of all ages that enjoy a funny and joyful movie. Make sure you see this movie sometime of your life because it is the best movie of the century!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Let's face it, there is a subgenre of family films that prepubescents absolutely love, the one where the kids outsmart the evil, bumbling adults. Every generation has had them, from `The Little Rascals' to one of my personal childhood favorites, `The Goonies'. `Unaccompanied Minors' is yet another entry into this subgenre, sure to excite children into being even more wild and uncontrollable as we approach this holiday season.
Part `Home Alone', part `The Great Escape', `Unaccompanied Minors' mixes elements from the two, but puts them on the ultimate sugar rush. When a blizzard hits the Midwest all flights are grounded on Christmas Eve, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded, most notably the `Unaccompanied Minors'.

So what do you do with a bunch of rowdy, sugar filled, and parentless rug rats? Well if you are a grumpy, "Scrooge-like" airport manager played by stand up comedian Louis Black, you lock them in a basement and put Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) from `That 70's Show' in charge of them. Unfortunately for the upper brass of the airport there are a few youngsters who don't follow like the other "sheep" and sneak out only to cause some holiday mischief.

What ensues is a cat and mouse-like chase throughout the airport as Spencer (Dyllan Christopher) and his newly found posse, the self proclaimed "UM's", attempt to save the Christmas spirit for Spencer's doubtful, younger sister. Of course some of the adventures along their quest are downright silly, including sliding down baggage chutes and a high speed, Looney Toons-ish sled race down a snowy, seemingly never ending, hill. Now ignoring the fact that a mountain-like hill next to an airport, which requires vast amount of flat space to operate, is completely illogical, it does make for an amusing scene in the context of `Unaccompanied Minors'.

Granted there is enough material to keep the youngsters more than entertained, including even the faintest hint of romance for the few who are starting to realize the opposite sex might not have cooties after all, `Unaccompanied Minors' doesn't always forget the adults either. Perhaps the best nod to the begrudging parents who have been dragged to `Unaccompanied Minors' comes from the appearance of "The Kid" from `Bad Santa'. As one of the rouge members of "The UM's" the young actor, Brett Kelly, who warmed Billy Bob's icy heart a few Christmases back is back paying homage to his former character by quipping more of the strange and completely illogical jargon that we have come to love him for. Just wait until you hear his explanation of what Christmas really is.

So if `Unaccompanied Minors' is just a bunch of smart mouth kids, running amok and causing hell for a bunch of adults on Christmas Eve, where exactly is the substantial value for families to take their children? Well by then end of the story everything comes together for some good old fashioned Christmas morals. Miracles happen, families, new and old, are reunited and of course our "Scrooge" character finally discovers the value of Christmas. In fact the sugar coated finale of `Unaccompanied Minors' is so sweet, and surprisingly fulfilling, that many of the illogical, childish happenings throughout the film can be forgiven.

In a way `Unaccompanied Minors' isn't anything we haven't seen before. It follows in the same vein as its brethren wholeheartedly. While it may not be as good as the films that came before it, `Unaccompanied Minors' is a surprisingly fun treat that the whole family can enjoy. Who would have thought Christmas Eve at an airport could be so much fun?

-Joe Russo
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2006
Hi! I think Unaccompanied Minors was the best movie EVER! It was really funny. Even though it just came out, when it does, i'm buying it on DVD!!

My favorite character was Donna. Donna is the kinda girl you DO NOT want to mess with!!! She is soooo cool!

Anyway, I give this movie: 100,000,000 Stars! [ And even more than that!]

Thank You For Taking Your Time To Read My Review!

Unaccompanied Minors forever!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2007
It was enjoyable. The characters were very likeable. Even the antagonist was Redeemable. The movie reminded me of "The Breakfast Club". But the ending was better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2009
This is not a big budget film with lots of special effects, but it is a funny movie that will make you laugh.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2007
My kids picked this to watch and I expected to be quickly asleep. But I actually found it fairly humorous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2009
I rented this through Netflix on a whim. I remembered seeing the trailers once upon a time and wasn't particularly attracted to it - pretty much decided it wasn't worth it - but as I was filling up my Netflix queue it came up as a suggestion and I thought 'what the heck'. So I added it and it came and I watched. I went in with extremely low expectations which of course influenced my opinion as it usually does. Even as I was watching the first part of it I'd resigned myself to not hating it but not liking it by the end. Then something happened. I don't know what or when, how or why, but I suddenly found myself really enjoying it, laughing out loud and thinking how tender - yes, and corny, but in a good way - some moments were. By the end I was in love. Yes, it's not the greatest movie ever made and it's got a lot of over used jokes that "reek" of Nickelodeon movies (no pun intended) but it has a certain charm to it that I couldn't resist and I gave it fives stars more for what it did to me than how it was all put together. I love this movie for all its corny-ness. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't remember a single swear word either; an added bonus for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
This is an excellent and funny movie about kids who are obviously unsupervised running wild in an airport. One of them of course is trying to get a Christmas present to his sister. Obviously there is an Ebenezer Scrooge slash Grinch type security guy just doing his job trying to keep them from their goals. Theres also a couple of romantic interests. Saying anything more-assuming I havent already done it- would be a big spoiler. Needless to say you should get this movie. Merry Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2008
Watched this film last night on On Demand, kind of a last blast of Christmas Cheer. It was much better than I expected, will watch again next Christmas. Don't know if the DVD has extras or not. The price of approx. $20.00 is kind of steep for this type of film. No need to go over what the other reviews have covered. However, watch for Terri Garr in a small role.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2013
My whole family enjoyed this movie, but the few bad words used in it made it a little less enjoyable. There are some really funny parts, and it's a good movie, if you don't mind muting a few words that aren't appropriate for kids (Nothing major, just a few). I really liked it and wish they could have made a sequel. This makes a good movie for family night.
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