2006 / Director. Paul Feig.
Every year our family loves to indulge in festive movies. It's a fun way to spend time together and puts us in the Christmas spirit. We do all of the staple classics but also like to branch out and watch some of the more obscure and unconventional holiday movies (I use those terms loosely). A couple of years ago I attempted to watch UNACCOMPANIED MINORS on my own. I lasted 10 minutes before turning it off. It wasn't in the right frame of mind and it was terrible. This year with the kids in tow I tempted it again. This is a good example of my personal ethos to watching films - always be in the right head space. It's a kids movie. It's not looking to please adults... it's an attempt to elicit giggles from little ones. Upon this second viewing it did just that and it even got some big laughs out of us parents. 7 kids all flying unaccompanied find themselves grounded and stuck in an airport during a blizzard on Christmas eve. Not content to be stuck in a holding pen with other unaccompanied minors, this bunch of motley juveniles decide to evade the grouchy head of security and run amok throughout the terminal. It's low-brow and puerile but a whole lot of fun if you're willing to give yourself over to it. The movie is directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) and features unexpected appearances from the likes of Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCulloch (from Kids In The Hall), David Koechner, Rob Corddry and Kristen Wiig - amongst others. It plays out like a later John Hughes movie and is best described as THE BREAKFAST CLUB for tweens. Plenty of laugh out loud moments with a sincere and good-natured holiday charm. Watch it with kids and you'll get a whole lot more out of it.