Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Wilmer Valderrama, Dyllan Christopher, Gina Mantegna, Quinn Shephard, Tyler J. Williams
Paul Feig, Mya Stark, Jacob Meszaros, Kate Kondell, Susan Burton
Jennifer Hawks, Michael Andrews
When a blizzard traps them in an airport on Christmas Eve, a wacky quintet of adolescents wreak havoc on bumbling security and managerial types. In this idiotic crowd-pleaser, each kid represents a pubescent John Hughes stereotype: the straightforward one, the brainy (and token black) one, the fat one, the outlaw wiseass and the Lindsay Lohan'type rich princess (who's secretly a bespectacled nerd ' gasp!). Oddly, the movie's saccharine Christmas-spirit schmaltz is tempered with a curiously hip pedigree; it's executive-produced by Ira Glass and peppered with semistars from The Daily Show, Kids in the Hall
and The Office
. It's hard to figure this casting logic, since this film's demographic is easily sated youngsters who have yet to grow jaded by too many kicked-in-the-nuts gags. And for a movie funded by an NPR personality, it also has a nasty anti-environmentalist streak. As the Grinch-like villain, look for Lewis Black to appear every now and then, do his thing and collect a paycheck.