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Unaccompanied Minors (2006)


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 27
Rotten: 60

Critics Consensus: Unaccompanied Minors, while featuring credible performances by its mostly young cast, is simply a rehash of other, funnier movies.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: Unaccompanied Minors, while featuring credible performances by its mostly young cast, is simply a rehash of other, funnier movies.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 45,279


Movie Info

A handful of kids stranded without their parents is determined to make the most of a bad situation in this comedy. It's Christmas Eve, and Oliver Porter (Lewis Black), the passenger relations manager at a busy airport in the Midwest, is looking forward to spending Christmas in Hawaii with his wife after 15 years in a row working on the busy Yuletide holiday. However, fate conspires against him when a massive snowstorm sweeps in and all flights are canceled. Porter suddenly has to deal with a … More

PG (for mild rude humor and language)
Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Jacob Meszaros , Mya Stark
In Theaters:
Aug 7, 2007
Box Office:
Warner Bros. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Unaccompanied Minors

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (60) | DVD (11)

Irresponsible content notwithstanding, it's the low standard of filmmaking that really defies belief.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Most Saturday morning cartoons are more realistic, and actually funnier.

Full Review… | December 11, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Unaccompanied Minors is packed with talent in front of and behind the camera, which makes its bland mediocrity even more unforgivable.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Not for the faint of heart, the movie is unsettling and startlingly true to life.

December 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Unaccompanied Minors may not be the worst holiday comedy ever made, but frankly I can't think of something from that genre that sinks lower than this frighteningly bad movie.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

If you really must find something to distract your children from Christmas shopping and material yearning, this one gets top recommendation for happily occupying 90 minutes at the mall.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Mixes youthful angst and hilarious hijinks in a way you'd expect from the creator of Freaks and Geeks.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012

There are fragments of good comedy packed amidst the many forgettable scenes that you've seen a dozen times before in a dozen other forgettable comedies

Full Review… | September 4, 2007
Apollo Guide

Why, and at what point, did Feig choose to ally himself with the bullies of the world and substitute broad stereotype for insight into character?

Full Review… | August 20, 2007
Film Freak Central

Predigested drivel.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007

The kids in the film behave badly. The adults behave worse.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Movie Metropolis

Unexpectedly warm and huggable, and far funnier than you'd ever guess... one of the wittiest, most endearing holiday films in recent memory.

Full Review… | August 6, 2007

Designed only for the youngest of children, who might be roused by the silly action, or perhaps for John Hughes, who might delight in the fact that his influence continues to color the landscape.

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Feig's sympathies toward young misfits are still thankfully evident, but the mature, realistic approach that made 'Freaks and Geeks' so refreshing is missing here.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007

It's clear very early on that Warner Bros. wanted less a thoughtful film about divorce or coming of age than a chipper family pick-me-up. And thus we have Unaccompanied Minors, which is one-third heart and two-thirds cheese.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Zertinet Movies

'It's like Lord Of The Flies in here!' cries nerdy teen Spencer (Dyllan Christopher) when he sees the film's quarantined crew, which is as clever as Paul Feig's movie gets.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006

Produzido para funcionar como comédia leve e divertida, Menores Desacompanhados só conseguiu me deixar de mau humor.

December 21, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Why is the Christmas message in "family movies" repeatedly reduced to splats, farts, bruises, and winky-wink sex jokes?

Full Review… | December 21, 2006

A ghastly rip-off of the John Hughes genre, "Unaccompanied Minors" is so awful that it should be accompanied by a warning: May insult your intelligence. Proceed at your own risk.

Full Review… | December 11, 2006
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

...another indigestible holiday turkey...

Full Review… | December 10, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

a 90-minute succession of jokes, set pieces and false sentiment that, unless you're extremely young or undiscerning, has a distinctly been-there-done-that whiff about it.

Full Review… | December 9, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

"More airport action than Die Hard 2."

Full Review… | December 9, 2006
Can Magazine

Now Director Paul Feig, and writers Jacob Meszaros and Mya Stark have managed to make something which could be very tired, something rather cute.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Entertainment Insiders

Audience Reviews for Unaccompanied Minors


Good for a kids film, but if your not into that sort of thing, then don't even bother to watch the opening credits!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


"Six kids, snowbound in an airport without supervision. Someone please call security!A snowstorm has cancelled all flights at Hoover International, and all are stranded. That's bad news for most. But for children shuttling unaccompanied from one place to another, its a ticket for adventure!"Warning! Unless you want yourself and the kids to go to sleep, stay away from this!I know its a kids film... But I thought this was just flat out lame. I was expecting to watch clean fun chaos, but this had no originality, no interesting kiddie escapades, an insult to every rich girl there is, and please dont tell me parents these days let their kids have that "Jon Bon Jovi" hairstyle! --- If theres any consolation to watching this, you get to see Wilmer Valderrama (Fez, That 70's Show) on screen again, but he just plays a character that goes in and out of the movie, and even his lines were weak and recycled. Theres also a couple of dancing scenes where Tyler James Williams (kid from Everybody Hates Chris) shows off his funky side, but other than that.. There really isnt much to get from this flick.It really is just a kids version of The Breakfast Club IN The Terminal, except... those two movies were atleast good. Youre better off watching something else.Now if you would excuse me, I have to whap my head for getting this thing...Directed by: Paul FeigGenres: Comedy, Kids & Family

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

I love this funny Christmas family movie in the airport I ever watched since Home Alone series. I couldn't stop laughing at the scene of 4 kids and a flight attendent riding in a canoe on a snow hill from the airport to the hotel while the head of Passenger Relations and his security guards are also on after them. COOL!

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

It was a decent movie nothing excellent but viewable. The story is based on real childhood experiences from writer Susan Burton, but it makes me very difficult to believe that a bunch of pre-teens do that kind of things. The plot was kinda weak and undeveloped. the cast has decent acting, all performances were good but the best one in my opinion comes from Tyler James Williams. Wilmer Valderrama's performance was so unconvincing and dissapointing, its like watching him in his role of Fez but working in an airport and Lewis Black as the movie villian was good.
In conclusion, this movie is dull but enjoyable to watch it on a boring weekend.

Jose Zamudio

Super Reviewer

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