The #Gentleminions trend is driving movie theaters bananas

The #Gentleminions trend is driving movie theaters bananas
FILE PHOTO: People dressed as the characters Bob, Otto, Stuart and Kevin pose on the red carpet for “Minions: The Rise of Gru" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 25, 2022. REUTERS/David Swanson

Just imagine this – you’re all excited to go to the movies again, and you make your way to the theater to see a new animated film about a bunch of highlighter-colored tic tacs. You buy a ticket, spend too much money on popcorn and snacks and get in line behind … 50 high school students wearing suits and ties?

Well, that’s exactly what happened during the opening weekend of “Minions: Rise of Gru." A recent TikTok trend called #Gentleminions had teens showing up to theaters en masse, dressed in the clothes they probably wore to prom three months ago. These dapper teens then saw screenings of the movie with a jokingly serious attitude, giving the film standing ovations and 5-star ratings for the fun of it.

Oh, and did we mention that some of them also smuggled bananas into the theaters, too?

But movie theaters are finding the trend more despicable than fun, with some in the UK banning people wearing formal attire altogether from screenings of the film. Those theaters claim that, as a result of the trend, there have been disturbances such as people throwing bananas at the movie screen and moshing during viewings.

Understandably, though, Universal Pictures, the studio behind the “Despicable Me" franchise, was not unhappy with the trend, tweeting, “to everyone showing up to @Minions in suits: we see you and we love you."