Dave's Rating:


… its attitude is basically nontoxic.

Who's in It: Lewis Black, Wilmer Valderrama, Tyler James Williams, Dyllan Christopher, Brett Kelly, Gina Mantegna, Quinn Shephard, Paget Brewster, Rob Corddry

The Basics: Five troublemaking kids get stuck in a snowed-in airport on Christmas Eve. They make trouble for a reason, though: There's a mean airport manager trying to keep them on lockdown, and one kid's little sister is expecting Santa to find her and give her a doll. That means Home Alone-style antics to the rescue.

What's the Deal? If you're 10 years old, this is going to be your favorite movie of the holiday season. It's designed just for you. It steals stuff left and right from other movies that you've never seen before and tosses them all into a blender. And if you're the parent of a 10-year-old, you'll just be happy that it's never boring, it's occasionally funny, and its attitude is basically nontoxic.

The Movies It Steals From: Well, I already mentioned Home Alone, but there's also a touch of The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, A Christmas Carol and The V.I.P.s.

Calling in Favors: Director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks) must know everyone, because everyone's in the movie. Three of the Kids in the Hall play security guards, and then there are some folks from The Daily Show, Arrested Development and The Office. Also, public-radio geeks (this whole thing is based on a story that aired on This American Life) will be surprised to see writer Sandra Tsing Loh pop up for five seconds. No one else will recognize her.

Where You've Seen the Big Curly-Haired Kid Named "Beef" Before: He was the kid in Bad Santa, too.


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