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.
  • Alpha Bitch: Jocelyn Lee.
  • 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.
  • Awkward Kiss: Charlies kiss with Jeanette is pretty awkward considering the fact that he had forgotten that the events leading up to their first kiss hadn't happened yet.
  • Asleep in Class: One of the students the minutemen save is drooling as she sleeps.
  • Badbutt: Zeke.
  • Black and Nerdy: Chester is a prime example of this.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Virgil is this to a T.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Or to be more specific, Stephanie.
  • Evil Former Friend: Derek and Virgil used to be best friends until Derek chose popularity over helping Virgil.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Virgil vs Derek over Stephanie.
  • Grade Skipper: Charlie skipped three grades which made him a freshman at eleven.
  • Hair of Gold,Heart Of Gold: Despite being one of the popular kids, Stephanie is still nice to students with a lower social status like Virgil.
  • Hidden Depths: Virgil and Charlie are quite surprised upon learning that Zeke has advanced knowledge in physics.
    Zeke: "This quantum integration to the physical properties of light projection looks like it could work."
    Charlie and Virgil: (exchanging surprised faces.)
    Zeke: "Yeah, mongo read."
  • High-School Dance: There is a fifties themed dance at the end of the film, most likely a homage to back to the future.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Charlie even says that he had no friends before his first day of high school when he met Virgil.
  • Jerkass: The principle and arguably the entire school staff, as they heavily invoke the Adults Are Useless trope.
  • Jerk Jock: Derek and basically all of the football players that hung Virgil and Charlie up on the rams statue.
  • Limited Social Circle: The nerd table.
  • Love Triangle: Derek/Stephanie/Virgil and Jocelyn/Derek/Stephanie.
  • Moment Killer: Derek interrupts Virgil and Stephanie twice when they're about to kiss and tell each other their true feelings.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to Love: Stephanie is oblivious to Virgil's crush on her.
    Stephanie: "You're a really good friend, Virg."
    Virgil: "Yeah... friend."
  • Only Child Syndrome: Averted with Virgil and his little sister, Amy.
    Charlie: "I'm married to science."
    • *Averted with Virgil who would rather be popular than a geek.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Most of the popular kids are depicted this way. Averted with Stephanie.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Charlie and Zeke give one to Virgil when Virgil blames Charlie for being caught by the FBI.
  • The Reveal: It was Dereks idea to hang Charlie and Virgil up on the rams statue.
  • Running Gag: Charlie can't get Virgils handshake with Derek right. When Charlie does get it right, Virgil suggests they make their own.
  • 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.
  • Status Quo Is God: Everything that had changed due to the time machine resets back to the way it is at the end of the movie.
  • 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 Derek'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 Derek.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Derek cheats on Stephanie with Jocelyn but he claims that he was Mistaken for Cheating.