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Film / Unaccompanied Minors

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Unaccompanied Minors is a 2006 American Christmas comedy film, directed by Paul Feig. It is about a group of teenagers who are stranded at a fictional Midwestern airport by a blizzard during Christmas Eve. Spencer wants to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in his younger sister, Katherine, and enlists the help of fellow unaccompanied minors Grace (Gia Mantegna), Charlie (Tyler James Williams), Donna (Quinn Shephard), and Beef to arrange an impromptu Christmas party and search a gift for Katherine. Along the way, they have to evade Mr. Porter (Lewis Black), the grumpy head of passenger relations whose own flight to Hawaii is canceled.


  • Adults Are Useless: The adults in general are incompetent or too self-righteous to think of the children, let alone during the middle of a blizzard.
  • Babysitter from Hell: Katherine is put in the hands of a psychotic girl who treats her like a Barbie doll as the women in charge of looking after the juvenile girls care mostly about getting their free Christmas Eve dinner.
  • Big Bad: Oliver Porter, the head of passenger relations, who vows to prevent the teenagers from reaching Katherine because the teenagers are his responsibility. He does however reform at the end.
  • Butt-Monkey: Katherine, who winds up in the hands of a hellish fashionista who only sees her as entertainment value like a Barbie doll.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Porter when he calls out Spencer for leaving his 8-year old sister all by herself and that Katherine had to be taken somewhere else because of his negligence.
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  • Nutritional Nightmare: Porter calls what Spencer ordered at the airport's restaurant the heart attack special.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: Katherine gets screwed over twice because of this trope.
    • Her brother Spencer leaves her alone with the airport security since he wanted to grab a big meal at the airport's restaurant to catch up on all the foods his mother wouldn't let him eat in the house (cheeseburgers, popcorn shrimp, fries, mozzarella sticks and nachos).
    • Then Katherine gets relocated to a facility but the flight attendants there responsible for Katherine refuse to look after her because they want to go grab a free dinner provided by their bosses and allow a crazy girl look after her, who proceeds to give Katherine an unwanted extreme makeover.
  • Sound-to-Screen Adaptation: The film is based off a non-fiction story by writer Susan Burton, which she debuted on an episode of the public radio program This American Life in 2001.
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  • "Stuck at the Airport" Plot: The main premise of the film.
  • They Really Do Love Each Other: The film's protagonist Spencer Davenport left his little sister Katherine all by herself at the minors room while he went to go grab lunch. When the airport security bring him back to the same room she was last seen, Spencer's Big Brother Instinct kicks in and he works to find her.

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