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Unaccompanied Minors Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

… its attitude is basically nontoxic. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    43

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    If the writers had the guts (and the jokes) to fashion a bittersweet comedy with a fully earned happy ending, Unaccompanied Minors probably wouldn't have been made. As is, it's a prefab slapstick-'n'-pathos stew that doesn't taste like anything.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A little charm and inventiveness would have gone a long way to tone down some of the picture's more obnoxious impulses.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Feig does wring out a few fleeting fun/heartfelt moments from the minors, and the movie's Christmas treacle is smoother than "Santa Clause 3's." But anyone old enough to go see this without a parent or guardian will have seen it all before.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 6+

Stuck kids run amok; Home Alone this ain't.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this film is relentlessly dumb, kids -- especially those who like slapstick violence and watching other kids outsmart adults -- will probably want to see it. (That said, during one preview screening, after about 30 minutes, a 6- or 7-year-old asked his mother if they could please go home.) The stranded kids misbehave both with and without adult supervision, throwing candy and toys, destroying furniture, and piling on top of the man assigned to watch them. They order food they can't pay for, steal a motorized cart, steal items from abandoned luggage, let loose a caged dog, sneak out of the airport, and watch as adults fall, crash, and rage (a chase on sleds/rafts leads to a crash and one man's bloody and bruised face). An aunt drinks herself into unconsciousness (played as comedy), and a boy finds a bra in a suitcase where he's trapped. Some minor name-calling.

  • Families can talk about the movie's premise. How realistic is it that something like this could happen? If real kids did get stranded at an airport, do you think they'd act like this? Kids, how would you behave in that situation? What issues are brought up by kids traveling alone, especially during the holidays. What precautions can families take to make sure these trips go off smoothly? And for fun, what sorts of activities can you come up with during a "snow day"?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Frustrated with being stuck at the airport and angry at their absent parents, kids misbehave. Stereotyped Mexican airport worker.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Lots of silly slapstick stuff. Repeated punches and hits to crotches (at least four); children misbehaving in the waiting room throw candy and other objects at one other and adults; kid's face smashed by inflatable life vest (plus other equipment-related abuses); kids stuck in and on top of suitcase are bumped and banged during a ride on the luggage conveyor; man knocked over by pop-up Santa lawn ornament; chasing and banging throughout airport hallways/tunnels/floor areas; chase down snowy hill (on sleds, canoes, etc.) leads to smashing into trees and over cliff (Porter's face is bruised and bloody; later he appears with bandages); caged dog growls menacingly; guards play musical chairs and slap each other when they lose.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Early, brief scene has a rich girl sitting in an older male model's lap to show that she's experienced and provocative -- later, she's revealed to be sweet and naive; minor flirting between kids; flight attendants discuss pilots as potential mates ("Not too late for a fifth husband!"); a boy finds a bra in a suitcase where he's trapped (and comments "Not so bad in here").

  • language false0

    Language: Name-calling by children ("psycho," "underpants," "morons").

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Images of or allusions to M&Ms, Al Roker on TV, Aquaman action figure, Abercrombie & Fitch, Dior, Sharper Image, Humvee, Slinky (with song lyrics).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking to drunkenness by Aunt Judy (very disheveled on the morning after).

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