(Lewis Black, Wilmer Valderrama, et al / DVD / PG / (2006) 2007 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.
DVD Verdict: 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 - due to a situation involving flying cupcakes and juice boxes - 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?
'Unaccompanied Minors' is slightly more than just a kids movie - it's a sugar high for grown ups, too, at least those who can sit back and enjoy the childish humor. Director Paul Feig puts together an exceptionally coherent and effective family comedy adventure perfect for the holiday season. He takes a very structured approach to the story at hand, similar to the methodology that goes into creating a good half-hour television episode, and expands it into a solid 90 minutes.
Like a kid on a sugar rush, the story is exciting and thrilling to watch from beginning to end. Feig doesn't often step far out of the bounds of believability and maintains a minimally tacky and much rather enjoyable family film. So, as we fast approach the season, if you're in the mood for a lighthearted Christmas comedy, 'Unaccompanied Minors' is a great find. With its fun story and characters, it evokes pleasant memories from days past — those of you who loved kids-against-grownups slapstick like 'Home Alone' will be particularly happy. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and a Full Screen Version (1.33;1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Dos and Dont's - Commentary by Lewis Black, Director Paul Feig and Writers Jacob Meszaros and Mya Stark
Charlie's Dance Reel
Guards in the Hall - A Hilarious Look at the Security Guards Out of Control