Unaccompanied Minors parents guide

Unaccompanied Minors Parent Guide

Parents are unlikely to enjoy watching 90 minutes of unruly kids evading adults -- but it might amuse the minors in the crowd.

Overall B-

When a snowstorm grounds the plane that was supposed to take them to visit their father for Christmas, siblings Spencer (Dyllan Christopher) and Katherine (Dominique Saldana) make friends with some of the other stranded "unaccompanied minors" and take full run of the airport. While amusing to youngsters, adults may not be feeling so "Ho, Ho, Ho" about the ensuing silly antics.

Release date December 7, 2006

Violence B-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B+
Substance Use B-

Why is Unaccompanied Minors rated PG? The MPAA rated Unaccompanied Minors PG for mild rude humor and language.

Run Time: 90 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Falling well within the typical holiday movie formula is Unaccompanied Minors, a film that may be best described as an acceptable baby-sitting alternative for weary kids while parents complete their Christmas shopping.

Most holiday movies require a desperate situation, and in this case it centers around two children, Spencer (Dyllan Christopher) and Katherine (Dominique Saldana), who are planning to spend Christmas with their father but end up stranded at an airport when a snowstorm grounds all outgoing flights.

Now enlisted in the unenviable ranks of “unaccompanied minors,” the pair is escorted to a bomb shelter type room at the end of a long hallway within the air terminal full of other rowdy young vagabonds in the same predicament. In order to keep themselves occupied, the majority have resorted to food fights, poker playing and/or creating utter mayhem. Amongst the troops Spencer and Katherine eventually meet a few children they can relate to: Nerdy Charlie (Tyler James Williams), tomboy Donna (Quinn Shephard), rich girl Grace (Gina Mantegna) and fat kid Timothy (Brett Kelly).

Shocked by the immature behavior of the crowd and hoping to impress Grace, Spencer immediately hatches an escape plan. With only one security guard, Zach (Wilmer Valderrama), to watch over the throng, the half dozen kids easily make their breakaway and have run of the airport. However, as the night moves in, they will have to avoid the other guards who are under the command of Oliver (Lewis Black), the airport’s security chief. Fortunately, he is even more inept than his underlings, and the chase is on… and on… and on…

Perhaps the best way to describe this film is The Terminal meets Home Alone, resulting in more than an hour of unruly kids evading adults. However, other than the resulting slapstick violence, there is little in this film that should cause parents concern. Finally, what is possibly the movie’s most redeeming trait, is the love and concern Spencer shows toward his little sister.

Although I wouldn’t be thrilled to put my dollars down on this film, the kids in the screening I attended were engaged and enjoying the onscreen ruckus. While I usually recommend seeing movies with your kids as often as possible, this may be one you will want to have them attend as unaccompanied minors instead.

Directed by Paul Feig. Starring Dyllan Christopher, Dominique Saldana.. Running time: 90 minutes. Theatrical release December 7, 2006. Updated

Unaccompanied Minors
Rating & Content Info

Why is Unaccompanied Minors rated PG? Unaccompanied Minors is rated PG by the MPAA for mild rude humor and language.

Ho, Ho, Ho turns into Snow, Snow, Snow when two children become stranded at an airport on Christmas Eve. Grouped with dozens of others in the same predicament, some of the kids decide to escape from the custody of a security guard and have run of the airport. Slapstick violence in all its forms is included, from a dog biting a man’s crotch to people flying through the air after hitting an obstacle while riding a snow sled. Some bathroom talk is heard, including a boy saying he needs to go “pee,” and then is later seen (from the knees down) doing so. Two young couples end up coming together as a foursome, and a couple of kisses are exchanged between characters before the movie ends. One mild expletive and one term of deity were noted. Some teens are briefly seen playing poker. A grandmother is briefly seen in a drunken state.

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Unaccompanied Minors movie is August 6, 2007. Here are some details…

Unaccompanied Minors comes to DVD accompanied by an audio commentary (actor Lewis Black shares some Dos and Dont’s, while director Paul Feig and writers Jacob Meszaros and Mya Stark put their two cents in), as well as a couple of featurettes (Charlie’s Dance Reel and Guards in the Hall). Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English, French and Spanish).

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The challenges of being trapped at the airport are explored in the film The Terminal. A child who has full run of a luxury New York Hotel makes the most of her holiday in the movie Eloise at Christmastime.