`Minor' family tale has something for everyone

Review B-

December 08, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

It's predictable and a tad sappy, but Unaccompanied Minors is also a minor delight, a Christmas tale about family and selflessness and playing the hand you've been dealt. It may not advance the art form, but it's a movie with pleasures for the whole family, and nowadays that's saying something.

Plot-wise, it's Home Alone meets Airport by way of The Breakfast Club, but without the ponderous excesses that marred all three films. It's Christmas Eve at an airport in the Midwest, and the weather has grounded all flights. Among the stranded passengers is a group of unaccompanied minors, kids flying alone, being jetted from one divorced parent to another for the holidays.

Unaccompanied Minors (Warner Bros.) Starring Lewis Black, Wilmer Valderrama, Dyllan Christopher. Directed by Paul Feig. Rated PG. Time 89 minutes.

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