Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Jason Dolley
Director: Lev L. Spiro
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
UPC:786936751598 — DESCRIPTION:It s a short trip from zero to hero in Minutemen, the hit Disney Channel Original Movie that mashes together outrageous comedy and awesome sci-fi adventure. And only on this DVD can you score ... more »
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Small but superior!!!!
Mike Sobocinski | Lansing, MI | 06/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was surprised that this modest-budget, made for tv movie turned out to be one of the most entertaining comedies I've seen in a long time!! It was like a time-travel trip for me, transporting me back to those good ol' school days when all types of people were brushing shoulders and had to find ways to get by, before the worlds of adult segregation provide solutions for these social problems, of which high school is a microcosm.
The fact is that this film is smartly written, fast-paced, and has truly outstanding performances by its lead actors (and some of the supporting characters as well). Although it resorts to some "technobabble," intelligent viewers will quickly recognize the representations here and will, like me, probably feel right at home amidst the portrayals and characters. The script is a comedic one and I doubt anyone who understands the point of the film will complain about the fantastic nature of the "science" here. This film, rather, is of the type that will provide inspiration and moral support for intelligent young audiences, and affirmation and entertainment for older audiences looking back at youth with fond remembrance.
This is a true character-oriented comedy at heart (and it does also have a lot of heart!) and every Hollywood filmmaker should be FORCED to watch this movie as a lesson in what the COMEDY GENRE should be about! The film rarely resorts to the sort of pratfall antics that pervade other contemporary fare, and when such portrayals occur, there tends not to be the presumption that injury and misfortune are inherently funny. This is a good-hearted film for good, intelligent people. It's target audience will probably find it to be totally delightful!
And others who don't find it so? ... well, they're probably not in the intelligent clique, anyway and just can't (or refuse to) understand.
This film is a welcome breath of fresh air and honesty amidst so many other fear/macho-oriented pop culture products. Sometimes they really do make 'em like they used to! :-)
And heck! If the quality of the characters and cast can be maintained (or this original cast retained), why not turn this into a tv series or a set of sequels!? This is the type of film that truly deserves to be a smash hit! It's got things to say, but does it with good humor, fast wit, and character-oriented STYLE!!
Great for kids/teens; interesting twist on old theme
Dave | San Diego, CA | 05/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This Disney Channel movie about time travel is really very well made and will hold your attention. 3 high school geeks band together to create a time-travel machine. Initially, one of their first attempts to use it is to buy a lottery ticket that will make them rich. I thought, "What a snooze; same old story, same old schtick." However, they are quickly foiled, and decide instead to help geeky kids be popular by preventing the humiliating experiences often thrust upon them by the popular set. There are lessons learned along the way, and our heroes soon find it is best to let life play out the way it is supposed to (cause a big Black Hole is about to swallow up the world due to their time machine). The cast is great (includes Jason Dolley from "Corey in The House") and has good chemistry. This movie is "safe" for the whole family; great to see a movie that doesn't have to rely on violence, nudity, or profanity. The Director, Lev L. Spiro, seems to have a very good understanding of fun and what makes a light and breezy movie such as this. This DVD also includes a featurette "The Making of Minutemen," which gives you details on how the movie was made (including the stunts and special effects). There is also a music video by Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical") of the song "Rung It Back Again." The usual batch of Disney DVD/Movie previews are also here. The movie is 92 minutes. Thumbs up for this great family fun movie!"
"This is my FAVORITE movie!!!"
Suzanne K. | 06/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I gave this movie to my 11 year old niece, she said, "This is my FAVORITE movie!!!" This is one of those rare tween movies that appeal to both boys and girls (unlike High School Musical which seems to target girls). As a parent, I am happy that Disney is making appropriate entertainment for this age group. I think if your kids enjoy "Hannah Montana", "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody", and of course, "Cory in the House", they will certainly like this movie. I enjoyed this one as much or more than most of the Disney Channel Original Movies."
Great family movie
music and book lover | 10/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Our family really enjoys this movie-so great to have something decent and uplifting to watch!"