Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

John Schultz

Starring:

Carter Jenkins as Tom; Austin Robert Butler as Jake; Ashley Tisdale as Bethany; Ashley Boettcher as Hannah; Henri Young as Art; Regan Young as Lee; Robert Hoffman as Ricky; Doris Roberts as Nana Rose.

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Aliens in the Attic

The Pearson family—Nana Rose, her two grown sons and a teeming batch of grandchildren—are vacationing in picturesque northern Michigan. Aliens are also visiting Michigan, but they have come to enslave the world. Their base camp happens to be the Pearson vacation home, so it's up to the Pearson kids to save humanity. These kids have their shortcomings (such as being addicted to video games, being too into a boyfriend or being obsessed with fireworks), but by the end of the movie all the children show spirit and gumption as they thwart the alien invasion. 

Tom steps up to lead the Pearson children. He’s a smart kid, but at the beginning of the film he tells his brainy dad, "I don't want to be like you! I want to be cool!" Even though they act heroically, the characters in the film might need their mouths washed out with soap. They misuse God’s name about 10 times. They call each other lots of different names, and they say other inappropriate words. 

As the plot progresses, both aliens and children take control of humans turned into robots to punch, kick and throw others around like beach balls. Lots of cartoon violence ensues. The kids also get help from an alien named Spark to fight off the other aliens set on enslavement.

Aliens in the Attic ends happily enough for pretty much everyone involved. Tom even makes up with his dad. This review, however, has no such comforting conclusion. There's nothing terribly bad to say about the film, but there's nothing particularly good to say, either.

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