Unaccompanied Minors is directed by Paul Feig, who made a splash writing for Freaks and Geeks before going on to direct episodes of Arrested Development and The Office. In a gesture of good faith, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, B.J. Novak, and Mindy Kaling all got Feig’s back, making cameos in this comedy about a group of kids who incur the wrath of a scrooge played by Lewis Black by turning his airport into their playpen. The film has an excellent pedigree, but when it poops it stinks of a Tim Allen movie. After the creepy fat kid from Bad Santa promises to track down a Christmas tree, the four remaining stereotypes—a prissy black kid who faints at the sight of Santa Claus, a tom boy Lewis’s nasty Oliver refers to as Ellen Degeneres, a fetch girl with the heart of a geek, and the requisite pasty-white savior who boosts everyone’s Christmas spirit—are left to run around the airport by themselves, sliding down baggage conveyor belts and sifting through treasures in the unclaimed baggage department. In a post-9/11 world, their unchecked behavior doesn’t make a lick of sense; neither does their uncanny ability to hack into a security camera’s video feed with their walkie talkies. Upright Citizen’s Brigade alum and Daily Show regular Rob Corddry almost saves the day, bringing a surprising warmth to a dorky dad who must decide whether saving his children is worth it if it means driving a diesel-powered Hummer. But for every up there is a down, none lower than Wilmer Valderrama who, as an ostensibly Mexican airport drone, yells “Ay carumba!” after the unaccompanied minors knock him to the ground. Way to represent, dog!
- Paul Feig
- Jacob Meszaros, Mya Stark
- Lewis Black, Wilmer Valderrama, Tyler James Williams, Dylan Christopher, Brett Kelly, Gina Mantegna, Quinn Shephard, Paget Brewster, Rob Corddry, Dominique Saldana, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Rob Riggle, Michelle Sandler, David Koechner, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling
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