Aliens In The Attic Review: E.T. Harms Home
If you are stuck with the kids on a rainy Saturday afternoon, this is the film for you.
When it’s a Sunday morning and you are surrounded by everyone else’s kids – it doesn’t seem like such a good idea.
However, my mood brightened considerably when I realised that there was enough free popcorn and Capri-Sun in the cinema to put a serious dent in my hang-over, and I began to munch away as if the fate of the planet depended on it.
Despite the clearly sub-standard CGI effects, Aliens in the Attic surprised me by making me laugh on a number of occasions. Director John Schultz clearly never lost sight of the fact that this film was supposed to be nothing more than a harmless cinema-snack to distract your ankle-biters, and it provides some great slapstick with a couple of half-decent sideshows.
As you may have guessed, the film kicks-off when a group of kids discover that four little aliens have taken up residence in the attic of their holiday home, and plan to use it as a base for their global assault. They have some comic technology, including a show-stealing galactic gun which gives them the ability to control the actions of any adults that wander across their path.
Conveniently, it doesn’t affect kids, and this little crew of cousins soon realise that they and they alone must repel the cosmic invasion.
This fresh-faced American family (complete with cute little sister) is utterly textbook and makes no attempt to break with the gleaming traditions of film-world families from the US of A.
However, any efforts to analyse this further and you would be missing the point like that ex-girlfriend who accused Star Wars of being unrealistic.
The themes on offer here are well-trodden, but some of the gaggery is first class, and Robert Hoffman puts in a particularly impressive turn as Ricky, the boyfriend of the family’s daughter – his fight with grandma was a definite highlight.
This was a comedy that will entertain kids and might make adults chuckle – but absolutely nothing more.