I have a strong affinity for films that take place in airports or on airplanes. I can't explain it; maybe I should have been a pilot (or maybe I was one in a past life). Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the act of flying (I saw it as an art), and being up in the air was as fun as whatever vacation upon which I was about to embark. Perhaps there was something magical about flying to me back then-- because Santa and his reindeer fly onto our roofs every Christmas Eve to deliver our presents. Needless to say, though, when Unaccompanied Minors hit theaters in 2006, though I was no longer that little girl, I happily skipped to the theater to check it out. And ever since it was released on DVD a year later, I pop it into my computer at the holiday season to relive the magic of my youth once again.
Unaccompanied Minors is not your usual Christmas story. It features a group of kids flying alone for the holidays who get stranded at an airport on Christmas Eve. Though the manager of the airport (Lewis Black) is what they call a "non-believer" and doesn't allow any Christmas decorations or festivities in his airport, the kids decide they have to "save Christmas" for one of the girls in their group, who still believes in Santa.
They band together-- virtual strangers before this twist of fate-- and break into the storage room, and the luggage area, to create the perfect holiday away from home, all while outsmarting another airport worker (Wilmer Valderrama) who chases them and chases them to no avail. In some ways, it's a little like Home Alone set in the airport and without the fear of robbery or dismemberment. It's a true testament to what kids can do when they use their imaginations and work as a team!