Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Hard to believe this excrementally awful pre-teen flick comes from the same studio as the hugely entertaining ‘Happy Feet’. The utterly absurd plot revolves around the naughty antics of some stereotypical teens stranded by a blizzard at a US airport on Christmas Eve. Confined to an ‘Unaccompanied Minors’ room, the bored kids break out and proceed to drive the airport’s socially inept passenger relations manager and his bumbling security guards round the twist by stealing airport buggies, breaking into storage rooms, tampering with suitcases and ordering expensive food they can’t pay for, before finally performing a good festive deed, as if they’d planned it all along. Yeah, sure.

This ‘Home Alone’-style kids vs adults scenario is meant to play as lighthearted anarchic comedy. We’re supposed to sympathise with the poor little blighters and think of them as kids just having a bit of fun, rather like dysfunctional parents might do on hearing their son had just destroyed the local bus shelter. Irresponsible content notwithstanding, it’s the low standard of filmmaking that really defies belief, which is why I haven’t given it any stars at all.

By: Derek Adams



Release details

Release date:
Friday December 15 2006
89 mins

Cast and crew

Paul Feig
Jacob Meszaros, Mya Stark, Lauren Shuler Donner
Lewis Black
Wilmer Valderrama
Tyler James Williams
Dyllan Christopher
Brett Kelly
Gina Mantegna
Quinn Shephard
Paget Brewster
Rob Corddry
Dominique Saldana
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