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Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  8 December 2006 (USA)
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A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grace Conrad (as Gina Mantegna)
Sam Davenport
Head Guard Hoffman
Michelle Sandler ...
Desk Attendant


Spencer and his little sister, Katherine, are flying to Pennsylvania for Christmas with their dad. While changing planes, a blizzard moves in and cancels all flights out of Hoover Airport: they must stay in a basement room with the other unaccompanied minors. Spencer and four others - a chubby boy, a non-stop-talker, a surly girl, and a rich kid - go AWOL and get in trouble with Mr. Porter, the Christmas-hating airport supervisor. The five misfits spend the night evading and enduring Porter's punishments, discovering all sorts of things in back rooms, making sure Katherine gets her visit from Santa, and finding among themselves a new kind of family. Written by <>

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Rated PG for mild rude humor and language | See all certifications »

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8 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grounded  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£240,378 (UK) (15 December 2006)


$16,647,384 (USA) (2 March 2007)

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For the UK release, the film was renamed twice. The original trailer was titled Unaccompanied Minors; the second trailer and the film referred to it as Grounded, and the third trailer had the title as Grounded: Unaccompanied Minors. See more »


After the fire department extinguishes the car fire at the gas station the car's parking lights are on. It is very unlikely the parking lights would still be working after the car exploded. In the very next scene the car's parking lights are off. See more »


Oliver Porter: And then, the Abominable Snowman who transforms the Emergency Equipment Center into his own private amusement park and then blames it on Aquaman? Aren't you a little old be to playing with dolls? I mean, what are you, like 40?
Zach Van Bourke: Uh, actually, Beef's 12, sir.
Oliver Porter: Good Lord.
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References Cape Fear (1991) See more »


Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas (Acoustic Version)
Written by Mark Everett
Performed by Mark Everett' (as E)
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Pure Nostalgia Overload!
12 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, so on Facebook, I do reviews of forgotten movies/TV shows/books/etc. from my childhood on Throwback Thursday (I go above and beyond), and for Christmas, this was my choice, and it was the perfect choice! Usually on TBT, I have an amazing memory with the movies, but with this movie (since I was reviewing it for Christmas, which is a special time), I decided to check it out from the library, and watch it again, and I was hit with nostalgia.

I like this movie. It reminds me of my childhood, when kids movies were just about kids being kids. I miss those days. It reminds me of the days when technological things like cell phones weren't advanced (yet) and all you had was a flip phone. Yeah, before technology controlled our damn lives! This movie is a kid's dream: Just kids trapped in an airport having the time of their lives.

I really like the Spencer kid, and how he's so determined to get anything done. These kids have some great chemistry together. I'm also surprised that he has a really nice sister, unlike most things like this, where the sister is an annoying brat.

But there are things that I don't like about this movie, like the scenes with Spencer's dad trying to get to his kids. They're not funny, and they drag on. There's no importance to them. I think they should have put these on the deleted scenes for the DVD. The guards aren't really funny, but other than that, I really like this movie.

If you're an adult reading this and you're about to watch this, go into it with the mind of a child. Just have fun with this movie. Just think back to the days when you were a kid, just the days when kids weren't focused on stuff like relationships and instead, were focused on being kids.

So, with that said, pop this DVD in if you have the chance, and prepare to feel like a kid again! Don't look for Citizen Kane in this movie, just look for a good ol' fashioned kiddy good time!

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