Biodiesel in kids movie ‘Unaccompanied Minors’

Posted By on March 31, 2008

Biodiesel tankMy daughter mentioned the movie “Unaccompanied Minors” last week and said, “Dad you’ll love it.” She refused to tell me anymore about it, but was anxious to here my reaction. So I added it to the top of our “one at a time” Blockbuster Online subscription and it arrived in time for movie night. Although it is a kids movie and is more appropriate for watching around the Christmas holidays, it still had me laughing — especially as I watched the dad (Rob Corddry) chugging along in his old biodiesel powered Mercedes. Check out the garage where he
appleseed is filling up his vintage Mercedes Benz, you’ll see his blue storage jugs on the shelf, a large caged plastic tote common to home brewers and he might even have an Appleseed Biodiesel Processor. You be the judge?
Eventually the dad’s biodiesel Mercedes leaks out all the veggie fuel and explodes after filling with petroleum diesel (a stretch). In order to continue his trip through the snowstorm, he is forced to drive a Hummer and delivers the best line in the movie: “I’ve already filled you up five times! How can you drink so much … you yellow monster!”

Rarely do you get a movie that prominently mentions the vegetable based fuel … even if they did sort of confuse biodiesel with SVO/WVO systems. If you are looking for a funny family movie with a twist of environmental and biodiesel humor … check out Unaccompanied Minors on DVD; I’ll include a short clip highlighting the dad’s trip to pick up his kids stranded at an airport below.


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