Cinemas around the UK have started banning groups of youngsters coming to watch the highly anticipated Minions: The Rise of Gru dressed up as the main characters. Cinema fans have been flocking to their local screens to see the latest instalment of the Minions/Despicable Me franchise since Friday, when the film was released.
However, groups of young fans coming to watch the movie have been the focus of complaints after becoming “rowdy”. The groups are copying a viral trend that has appeared on social media platform TikTok.
The trend involves large groups of teenage boys who brand themselves as ‘The Gentleminions’ filming themselves going to watch the new film. It is not clear how the trend started.
The videos show groups of youngsters attending the screenings and copying the main character Gru and his hand gesture. The videos have racked up millions of views on TikTok and groups are seen celebrating saying “the five-year wait is over”.
Some big fans even take bananas to snack on during the film. Bananas are the Minions favourite food.
On some of the viral videos you can see those taking part in the trend cheering, clapping and being disruptive during the film. That has led to some UK cinemas enforcing dress code restrictions for the film.
An independent cinema in Cornwall has banned any unaccompanied children in a suit from watching the film. On Twitter The Regal cinema said: “We are currently not admitting unaccompanied children wearing suits for ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’. This is due to the issues we have encountered over the last two days and its associated behaviour.”
A spokesperson for the Odeon cinemas told the PA news agency: “Due to a small number of incidents in our cinemas over the weekend, we have had to restrict access in some circumstances.”
Universal Studios who produced the film have endorsed the #gentleminions trend. They tweeted and said: “To everyone showing up to @Minions in suits: we see you and we love you.”