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In the latest instalment for Gen Z and their wacky TikTok trends, groups of teenagers - dubbed ‘Gentleminions’ - have been dressing up in suits to watch the latest Minions movie at the cinema.
It may seem like strange behaviour for a group of young lads to be heading to the cinema to watch Minions: The Rise of Gru - a kids’ movie, no less - but for a generation previously obsessed with Binley Mega Chippy, are we really that surprised?
Now, onlookers who have witnessed the trend are wondering why youngsters are donning their best clothes for a trip to the cinema. Well, UNILAD is now taking a look at the reasoning behind this strange trend.
One explanation is that the group of teens who would have grown up with the other five Minions movies have now grown, or ‘gru’ up - hence the suits.
“Because they all gru up,” one Gen Z person wrote on Twitter.
The movie franchise began in 2010 with Despicable Me. Despicable Me Two then dropped three years later, with Minions following up in 2015 and Despicable Me Three in 2017.
Yellow Is The New Black was then released in 2018, while Minions: Rise of the Gru landed in cinemas recently.
And if you think back to when the first movie dropped, many fans of the film began to copy the Minions’ fashion sense on Halloween or otherwise, with blue and yellow threads and T-shirts, bags and skateboards with the popular little characters on.
Now, fans of the movie are going as far away stylistically from the blue and yellow theme with their upmarket suits, showing how ‘their money gru’. Enough said.
“My money gru,” one fan echoed alongside a clearly outdated Minions meme.
“You don’t get how deep this s**t is. You minions wander around while my money gru,” another fan of the movie said.
While another suited and booted cinemagoer simply asked: “What kinda goofy-a** question is this? Why wouldn't you put a suit on for such an exquisite film?"
Its not just to watch the minions its to watch Peak Cinema and appreciate the fine arts— Jose🐝🇲🇽 (@BossedUpJose) July 1, 2022
Becuase it’s the movie of the year— BennettH24 🐝 (@BennettHinkle) July 1, 2022
“It’s not just to watch the Minions it's to watch peak cinema and appreciate the fine arts,” someone else added of the trend.
“We are professionals,” added another when speaking of their cinema style choices.
Someone else defended the trend, writing: “Real question is why not?”
“Because we are men of culture,” a different fan noted.
Another viewer argued about their self-professed dress code: “It’s mandatory.”
While no one is really sure how exactly the trend came to fruition, what’s clear is Gen Z’s mutual understanding for dressing up to the nines… For a kid’s film. Yes, really.
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