Aliens in the Attic
A group of children attempt to defend their Maine vacation home from invading extraterrestrial forces as the malevolent aliens make their way from the upper floor of the house to the ground level. John Schultz directs a script penned by British scribe Mark Burton (Wallace and Gromit). High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale stars in the 20th Century Fox production, with Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, and Gillian Vigman filling out the cast.
This is one of those movies that you find to be better than anticipated. The action begins immediately with a meteor storm and space ships flying rapidly in space as the aliens begin a gradual invasion of earth. Next, we find an average American family, with a girl named Bethany Pearson (Ashley Tisdale), who is dating a jerk named Ricky (Robert Hoffman), who lies to her parents about being in high school (he’s actually in college). He removes a part from his car so it won’t start, as he plans to spend the night with Bethany’s family so he can spend more time with her. We soon see that the movie draws on realism in family dynamics as the eldest son Tom (Carter Jenkins) is a whiz at math but is purposely failing because he has been teased about being a math geek.
The film features the realism of youth as cousins and brothers and sister become impatient with each other and toss some name calling at each other too. They act like most kids really do. However, they soon realize they have to stick together to fight the aliens, who are in their cottage’s attic. One of the aliens says, “We come in pieces,” instead of peace, when they actually plan an attack but only one of them turns out to be friendly to the Pearsons.
There were more laughs than I figured there would be, including a few scenes when the kids use an alien device on Bethany’s jerk of a boyfriend, making him obey their commands and his goofy expressions are some fine moments of physical humor. There are a few parallels to “E.T.” too. However, there are a few moments when the aliens’ aggressive behavior might frighten very young children, and with the name calling and some violent moments, although much of it cartoon-like, we recommend the 12+ Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. The aliens are not only in the attic, but they’re waiting for you in your local theater. Go see them and expect to laugh. “Aliens in the Attic” is a family comedy with heart!