Film / Minutemen

Minutemen is a comedy/sci-fi/adventure that aired on the Disney Channel about three high school kids who invent a time machine to spare others just like them from the humiliation they've endured.

After a split-second decision on the first day of freshman year, Virgil Fox finds himself stuck at the bottom of the social hierarchy. So when his child prodigy best friend invents a time machine, Virgil decides that the least he can do is save others from the same fate.

Not to be confused with The Minutemen, or the '40s hero team that preceded the failed Crimebusters {not actually the Watchmen}.

Tropes associated with this movie:

  • Adults Are Useless: One of the reasons Virgil comes up with the idea of helping the other kids like them at the school is because the faculty there doesn't seem to be doing anything about it. At one point, they find one of the teachers in front of a vending machine that one of the other students is currently stuck inside, but the teacher doesn't seem to bother doing about it on account of not being able to "change the way high school works".
    • Another example is when one student is pranked into leaving the locker room in his boxers and pleads with the principle for help. The principle tells him straight in his face that he would, but that would be "breaking the food chain".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Zeke eventually gets the attention of a few of the girls at their school.
    One of two girls approaching him: "You're kind of scary and unapproachable... Can we sit with you?"
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Namely, Stephanie.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Virgil's younger sister Amy.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The only explanation for Charlie building a time machine out of things stolen from around the school.
  • Badbutt: Zeke.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Grappling Hook. Discussed by the Minute Men with Zeke insisting it will come in handy. And it does!
  • Child Prodigy: Charlie Tuttle
  • Cool Loser: Virgil.
  • Jerkass: The principle and arguably the entire school staff, as they heavily invoke the Adults Are Useless trope.
  • Jerk Jock: Derrick.
  • Limited Social Circle: The nerd table.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Minutemen must act quickly to repair the space-time continuum after their time traveling creates a singularity that will eventually destroy the earth.
  • Rousing Speech: Virgil attempts one of these when he's trying to convince Zeke that the Minutemen are a good idea.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Virgil's goal.
  • Shout-Out: Many references to Back to the Future are in this movie.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: Zeke's Grappling Hook
  • Teen Genius: Charlie.
  • Time Travel: The centerpiece of the plot.
  • Toilet Paper Trail: The trio save a young boy from being embarrassed/harassed by this trope.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Virgil finds out it was Derrick's idea to hang both Virgil and Charlie on the flagpole on their first day in high school, just to impress the jocks.
    • Arguably the students the Minutemen save, who develop egos after that.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: The singularity.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Virgil and Derrick.