When a world-famous astronaut returns home from his latest mission, he brings a unique souvenir to his wife and two children: a piece of an asteroid that hit his space station. But soon, strange things start to happen and 9-year-old Katie becomes convinced that aliens have moved in.
When their mom leaves for a surprise outing, Glenn is left in charge of his younger sister, Katie. Glenn decides that the house is his and Katie can play outside—this is where viewers first meet her friend, Harper. At the very beginning of the film, viewers are told that something is amiss in the world—two aliens are introduced in one of the opening scenes and then viewers meet the seemingly crazy Mr. Nelson. When the aliens strike, it is up to Katie and Harper to figure out how to save the world.
The first thing I noticed while watching I Think My Babysitter is an Alien is that the camera is rarely held steady and in one place. It seems to slowly zoom in and out and rotate perspectives—a unique filming technique that is difficult to follow at first. After getting used to the strange camera angles, it is clear that the filming is very high quality and features great resolution. There are some aspects of the film, however, that seem amateur: Some of the acting is unrealistic and quirky, the credits are abrupt and outdated, and the parenting is questionable—when a strange man knocks on their door, the parent’s first instinct is to invite him inside, which seems odd.
The plot of I Think My Babysitter is an Alien is family-friendly and the execution by the actors is, for the most part, very good. The storyline escalates quickly, making the movie that much more interesting and the realistic sibling interaction adds to the comedic aspect of the film. The inclusion of comedy, mystery, and kid-friendly suspense makes I Think My Babysitter is an Alien a great movie choice for any night in.
I Think My Babysitter is an Alien is Dove-approved for all ages.
The Dove Take:
Despite some interesting filming techniques, I Think My Babysitter is an Alien features a unique and family friendly storyline that will be entertaining for everyone.