"Not Home, Not Alone"
What You Need To Know:
MOVIEGUIDE commends the filmmakers for keeping the language clean and the violence minimal, but warns viewers that movies like UNACCOMPANIED MINORS try to appeal to children by making children look wise and adults look like buffoons. Children may enjoy this. Parents may find it a little harder to swallow, but it is comedy, which is not to be taken too seriously. If you take the children to see UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, make sure you take them to THE NATIVITY STORY as well so they can see the real meaning of Christmas.
(Ro, L, V, AA, M) Light Romantic worldview where children ought to be free to do what they want and adult authority is ridiculed; no obscenities or profanities, but some bathroom humor; slapstick violence; no sex or nudity; one adult shown drunk with whiskey bottle; and, disrespect shown to adults, disobedience to authorities, and children take unclaimed baggage items.
UNACCOMPANIED MINORS is aimed at the same audience as HOME ALONE, only a generation later. It’s a clean Christmas comedy with children being bright and resourceful and adults being silly and stupid.
Instead of being stranded at home alone, a group of children get stuck away from their parents on Christmas Eve in a hub airport when their transfer flight gets cancelled because of a major blizzard in the Midwest. The airport decides to lock a large group of unaccompanied minors in a large dungeon-like room with little to do until other arrangements can be made. The unsupervised children go wild. Five children escape the mayhem, team up and begin a series of run-ins with airport personnel headed by passenger relations manager Oliver Porter (Lewis Black), who has a grinch-like attitude about Christmas. The children include Spencer (Dyllan Christopher) the middle-class teen heart throb, Grace (Gina Mantegna) the cute rich girl with parents who don’t care about her, Donna (Quinn Shephard) the don’t-touch-me tough girl, Charlie (Tyler J. Williams) the miniature Will Smith, and Timothy “Beef” Wellington (Brett Kelly) the obligatory overweight boy.
Spencer’s sister, Katherine (Dominique Saldana), and the rest of the unaccompanied minors are moved to a comfortable lodge just down a hill from the airport. Spencer enlists his fellow renegades to help him try to make Christmas special for his sister who still believes in Santa Clause.
Hollywood loves to make Christmas movies, often with grinch-like characters finally coming around to join in the festivities. This year alone there have been several Christmas themed movies. If you take the kids to see UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, make sure you take them to THE NATIVITY STORY as well so they can see the real meaning of Christmas.
MOVIEGUIDE® commends the filmmakers for keeping the language clean and the violence minimal, but warns would-be viewers that movies like UNACCOMPANIED MINORS purposely try to appeal to children by making children look wise and adults look like buffoons. Children may enjoy this. Parents may find it a little harder to swallow, but it is comedy, which is not to be taken too seriously.