Unaccompanied Minors

by Ian Harding

Forget blazing guns, futuristic creatures, and countless uses of profanity. Unaccompanied Minors is pure fun that both children and adults looking for a holiday season kick-start can enjoy. I admit that I certainly enjoyed this movie even though it was a bit different from my usual movie-going experiences.

A story about five kids who meet up in a holding room for unaccompanied kids traveling on Christmas Eve, Unaccompanied Minors is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. A terrible blizzard has the kids all stranded and in an effort to escape the mayhem of a room filled with out-of-control kids, Spencer (traveling to see his father) meets up with five other kids to escape the room of flying drink boxes and candy. Spencer’s little sister, Katherine, has been moved to a nearby hotel where she believes Santa won’t find her, so to ensure that Christmas will come for his little sister, Spencer teams up with a spoiled rich girl named Grace, a trailer-park tomboy named Donna, an academic overachiever named Charlie, and a comic-book geek named Timothy Wellington (also known as “Beef”) to help bring Christmas to his sister. However, the airport’s grumpy passenger relation’s manager Oliver Porter (Lewis Black) along with his assistant Zach Van Bourke (Wilmer Valderrama) and an army of airport security guards try to keep the newly formed group from leaving the airport. Zach doesn’t much care for his boss Oliver, but in an effort to keep his job, he tries to keep an eye on the kids.

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The movie is packed with non-stop action as the kids put aside their differences and make their way through the airport searching for a way out. Eager to prove to his little sister that Santa Claus exists Spencer and his gang put Oliver and his team to work as they make their way through the airport, sliding down baggage chutes and going treasure hunting through an unclaimed baggage warehouse, all the while adding a little fun to their endeavor and growing closer as friends.

Finally giving his little sister the Christmas she thought wouldn’t come, Spencer and his new friends realize that Christmas time is always about who you spend it with, while turning a crowded airport filled with stranded travelers into a festive and enjoyable place to be during the holidays. This movie is easily directed at children aged 9-14 years, but whether you’re young or old, if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit or simply searching for a fun film for the entire family that will have you laughing and smiling from start to end, be sure to check out Unaccompanied Minors.

  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • by Ian Harding
  • Published on December 15th, 2006
Paul Feig
4 / 5
Oliver: Lewis Black
Zach: Wilmer Valderrama
Charlie: Tyler James Williams
Spencer: Dyllan Christopher
Timothy (“Beef”): Brett Kelly
Grace: Gina Mantegna
Donna: Quinn Shephard

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