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Minions: Cinemas ban suit-wearing teenagers following bizarre TikTok trend

The Gentleminions trend sees teenagers attending the film in suits

By Nick Reilly

Minions: The Rise of Gru (Picture: Universal)
Minions: The Rise of Gru (Picture: Universal)

Teenagers wearing suits have been banned from attending some screenings of Minions: The Rise Of Gru after a viral trend prompted unruly behaviour.

Groups of young friends in sharp suits have been filming themselves attending the latest Despicable Me spin-off before posting it on TikTok as part of the new Gentleminions trend.

The videos show groups of suited youngsters in cinemas across the globe while adopting a hand gesture commonly used by supervillain Felonious Gru (Steve Carell).

It’s thought that most of the videos just show groups attending the screenings in their sharp-suited attire, but a small minority show them hurling popcorn and other items at each other.

In a statement to Sky News, Odeon Cinemas said: “Due to a small number of incidents in our cinemas over the weekend we have had to restrict access in some circumstances.”

Elsewhere, the manager of Vue Cinemas in Worcester claimed that the trend had cost them over £1,000 in refunds from disgruntled customers.

“The trend cost me £1,300 yesterday,” they told the Worcester News.

“I had to refund all of the tickets in that theatre because of kids shouting and mimicking the Minions while the film was playing. 

“It was a group of about eight kids. Now, when we see any kids coming in to see the film dressed up we give them a warning. We tell them that if there is one complaint, whatever that may be, they will be kicked out of the cinema.”

One independent cinema in Wadebridge, Cornwall has also banned unaccompanied children wearing suits from watching the film.

In a statement posted on Twitter before being deleted, The Regal wrote: “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.”

But Universal Pictures, which produced the film, has taken an entirely different view.

Endorsing the #gentleminions trend, they tweeted: “To everyone showing up to Minions in suits: we see you and we love you”.