Viktor Navorski (Hanks), traveling to New York, must stay in the airport's international zone because his home country has fallen into civil war and technically no longer exists. With plucky resolve Navorski creates a makeshift life for himself while winning allies among the terminal's workforce. Central players are good: Tucci as cruel airport overseer; Zeta-Jones as love interest; and Hanks always appealing as the confused but intrepid traveler. Often clever, but basically cotton candy: sweet, but way too fluffy. Based on the true story of an Iranian immigrant who got stuck in Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.