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This is one of standard formula movies. The family is cute and overtly functional. However, under the covers, kids have problems and parents are dumber than dirt. They vacation in a low-tech environment because its technology that caused this family to be dysfunctional. Of course the parents do not know what technology is so that is why they been a problem on technology. Against know about it all too well so that is why they been the problem on technology.
Nothing with keynote this change in the situation. Therefore, we throw in malicious aliens, goofy zombies, "haven't got a clue" authorities, and ET wannabe, and the kitchen sink. Maybe the kids will learn something from this. Maybe the parents will still go home without a clue. Maybe the authorities go off into the sunset. Maybe we spent X. minutes of our lives.
I am not saying that people who do not appreciate kid's slapstick would not appreciate this movie but they are the only ones that could.
Some of the actors are popular and evidently so is Ashley Tisdale.
For those with a tendency to enjoy this kind of movie I suggest you avoid this movie and watch "The Goonies" (1985).
For technophiles, I only saw the Blu-ray and cannot compare it. However, the visuals and sound is all that is promised.
Love, love, love this kids movie. Very enjoyable. If your youngster is afraid of aliens, this will help them not be as afraid. The children fight them off and there is one good alien in the bunch. Adults can enjoy this one too.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Family Fun!!!Sept. 28 2009
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I absolutely loved this movie! I loved the comedy, the storyline, the action, the effects, everything! This may be my 4th favorite movie of 2009 behind Friday the 13th, Land of the Lost, and Halloween II! I've seen a lot of negative reviews toward this movie, but some people take things a little too seriously. This movie is for the kid in all of us. While on summer vacation, the Pearson family go to three-story holiday house in the middle of nowhere. The kids; Hannah, Tom, and Bethany don't wanna go, but they are forced to. They meet more family members like Jake, Art, and Lee. When Bethany's boyfriend forces Tom to the roof, they see the aliens who want to take over the world. Throughout the day, the kids try to stop them, without their parents finding out. One alien, Sparks is not a threat to the humans and decides to become friends with Hannah. Sparks is a cute little alien, unlike Skip, Tazer, and Razor. Will the Pearson children stop the evil aliens from taking over the world? I highly recommend ALIENS IN THE ATTIC!!!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
We LOVED itAug. 1 2009
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My almost 9 year-old son and I saw this together. It was VERY, VERY funny. We both thought so. (There were way too many male crotch gags, in my opinion, and of course, the law enforcement representative was an idiot. However, we didn't see his underwear; so, this movie was superior to other kid flicks.) Robert Hoffman is outrageously funny as Ricky the lying-loser boyfriend turned robot alien minion. Ashley Tisdale carries off another major role with credibility, humor, and grace. The DVD is already on my son's wish list for Christmas, and I will be recommending Aliens to my friends to watch with their kids. I will also recommend it to parents of teenage daughters who need a laugh, a break, or a reminder that Eddie Haskell didn't die with the Cleavers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly fun family entertainmentAug. 17 2010
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Before I saw this movie the previews gave me the impression that this was just another computer animated and effects driven films trying to exploit a kid's inherent interest in this stuff. It turns out this movie has more thought put into it and a good deal more heart than I assumed (that's what I get for assuming). Aliens in the Attic isn't an instant classic by any means. However it delivers on what you want in a family sci-fi film. Cute enough in some places, witty enough in others.
So yeah, the plot isn't Shakespeare. You have a family on vacation that gets visited by some diminutive (and not too bright) aliens bent on taking over the world. This plot is very close to the same vein as the 80's movie Spaced Invaders. The difference, and it is substantial enough to keep the two movies from being similar, is where the focus is. Where Spaced Invaders put all of its attention on the wacky Martians, Aliens in the Attic puts its focus on the kids and how they deal with the invaders. For this movie it makes all the difference.
You see, the chemistry between the kids is tight. The main boy and his crazy cousins, lovelorn big sisters and a cute little sister all mesh their respective personalities into a coherent plot progression rather well. There isn't a whole lot of character development once the individual players have been established, but you don't need that much since the script capitalizes on the interactions. I'm not talking about two dimensional character clashes sort of capitalization. This movie shows a good example on how differing personalities can work together.
The acting is surprisingly good for these kids. All of them play their parts solid with nary a bad scene in the bunch. Ashley Tisdale is not the main focus of the movie, but her star quality wasn't wasted on. Although she is swimming in familiar waters with her character good acting is good acting. SNL alumnus Kevin Nealon and Tim Meadows both hit high marks in their comedic timing, even though Kevin mainly plays the straight man in his role. The big kudos, however, go to Robert Hoffman. He plays the jerk boyfriend to Ashley's character, and while the jerk scenes make you love to hate him the real joy in his performance come after the aliens take over his mind and Robert goes off on some of the craziest pratfalls and other physical humor with a hilariously crazy grin on his face. It's comedic gold!
The aliens are funny in a kids will get giggly kind of way. Sometimes they say something funny enough for the adults to snicker (include a funny observation on kissing). But mostly the aliens are for the kid's entertainment and are mostly two dimensional characters with very little to no depth. The CG animations for the aliens aren't bad, but they aren't going to really impress anybody on the technology either. Basically it's serviceable special effects for a production company that likely couldn't pull this off with puppets.
The Bu-Ray for the movie looks really great. Details pop out with a lot of clarity on both the CG aliens as well as the gorgeous backdrop of the vacation spot. Sound is also top notch with the DTS-HD 5.1 audio, but it's not exactly an audiophile reference kind of movie so don't expect to be blown away. Here's a quick rundown of the extras:
Introduction to Film with Ashley Tisdale - Just a quick hello from the move famous actress in the film. No big deal.
The Ashley Encounters - A short promo of the movie from actresses Ashley Tisdale and Ashley Boettcher. I wouldn't be surprised with this aired on the Disney Channel before the movie came out.
Alternate Ending - It's an unfinished product with the CG kind of in the middle phase of production. Not exactly a complete change from the actual ending, but it is different enough. Prefer the real ending anyway.
Behind the Zirkonians - It's a pretty long comic short story about the origins of the aliens. It's not exactly adult fare, but your kids will enjoy it.
Meet the Zirkonians - A little biography of the four aliens in the movie that you can browse through.
Lights, Camera, Aliens! - A short "making of" featurette that's pretty light on details. Feels like another promo for the movie more than an informative documentary.
Kung Fu Grandma - This is funny and weird at the same time. It's like a video game commercial using footage of the movie. The title of this featurette is kind of a spoiler for the movie and I'm glad I didn't know about it before I saw the flick.
Brian Anthony "Electricity" Music Video - It's a music video with clips of the movie. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School with Barry Josephson - This is the REAL "Making Of" documentary. It has more details on the film's production than the other fluff featurette, but it's not an all-inclusive thing.
Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel - Didn't get a chance to see these yet. They run about four minutes each and are self explanatory.
If you have kids ranging from grade school to the tweens I believe this film will keep them entertained provided they enjoy watching light science fiction to begin with. Others may enjoy it too for the other fun stuff, but maybe rent first to test the waters. For the adults it really depends on your threshold for this kind of entertainment. The aliens will annoy most of you, but the kids and grown ups in the movie will entertain. If you have a Blu-Ray player it's definitely worth getting if on BD if for nothing else so you can see the beautiful landscapes in high definition.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great for family nightNov. 9 2009
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I agree with several reviews I've read on this movie that 1 - I don't see many adults watching this one without their kids no matter how young-at-heart they are, 2 - the Ricky character and his antics MADE this movie, and 3 - it is almost criminal to have Kevin Nealon, Tim Meadows and Andy Richter together in a movie and not give them more to do.
I have a nine-year old and we watched this together one Friday evening and were entertained through and through. We rewound a lot of the Ricky-the-robot moments.
Seriously, I was really impressed with Robert Hoffman's performance and the physicality of it. I figured out that he must be a dancer pretty early on (I even checked to see if he was in one of the Bring it On movies because of his cheerleader bit), but even his FACIAL expressions were hilarious. Those SYTYCD judges are always saying that to be a good dancer you have to be a good actor. He could build a pretty solid career out of physical comedy roles once dance movies and musicals fall out of fashion again.
I think another large part of my enjoyment was also that I am of the Nintendo generation. I may have kids of my own now, but I "get" video games and why kids like them. So the concept of a Mortal Combat-style battle with live people controlled through video game consoles was very entertaining to me. There were some Matrix-like moves, which has been done to DEATH, but it was with a 70+ GRANDMA, so I enjoyed it without any groans.
As for the underused adult comedians, maybe they were there to pull the adults into the movie seats? KN and TM on Saturday Night Live is when that show was must-see TV for me. That is THE cast in my mind. Or they initially gave them more to do but they realized in the cutting room that this movie is really about the kids? I certainly hope the target audience of this movie don't know who Kevin Nealon is. They do NOT need to be watching his contemporary work.
I will purchase this one, but for my nine-year-old to watch over and over.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Blu-ray: Entertaining family film. Love the lossless soundtrack and use of LFE!Nov. 4 2009
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The summer 2009 adventure family film "Aliens in the Attic" will entertain you with it's kid-friendly comedy, not so much reliance on the grownups and a film that manages to capture the time of youth and adventure. The film has made over $56 million worldwide and now its set for a release on Blu-ray and DVD.
The film is directed by John Schultz ("Bandwagon", "The Honeymooners") and features a screenplay by Mark Burton ("Madagascar", "Chicken Run", "Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit") and Adam F. Goldberg ("Still Standing", "Aliens in America", "Fanboys"). The film features music by composer John Debney ("Hannah Montana: The Movie", "Swing Vote", "Evan Almighty") and a screenplay by Don Burgess ("Enchanted", "My Super Ex-Girlfriend", "The Polar Express", "13 Going on 30').
"Aliens in the Attic" revolves around the Pearson family. Tom Pearson (played by Carter Jenkins, "Viva Laughlin", "Surface", "Bad News Bears") is an intelligent person who is great a computers and a hacker. On the day that his parents Stuart (played by Kevin Nealon, "Saturday Night Live", "Weeds", "Grandma's Boy") and Nina (played by Gillian Vigman, "The Job", "The Hangover", "Sons & Daughters") were checking up on his grades online, they noticed that his grades were changing.
Meanwhile, Tom's sister Bethany (played by Ashley Tisdale, "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody", "High School Musical", "Phineas and Ferb") tries to sneak in through his bedroom window after her big date with her boyfriend Ricky Dillman (played by Robert Hoffman, "Step Up 2: The streets", "The Onion Movie") who Tom can't stand. While his little sister Hannah (played by Ashley Boettcher) tries to warn them that their father is upset and coming to see him, Stuart tells Tom that he needs to stay away from his computer, do better in school and he will have to go on the family trip for a day of fishing and staying at home that they leased for the summer.
While the Pearson family made it to the home that they are staying, they are greeted by Stuart's mother Nana (played by Doris Roberts, "Everybody Loves Raymond"), his brother Nathan (played by Andy Richter, "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Show") and his children Jake (played by Austin Robert Butler, "Ruby & the Rockits") and the video game playing twins Art and Lee Pearson (played by Henri and Regan Young).
For the two families to meet each other again for this vacation, its apparent that Tom and Jake don't quite get along as Jake is younger but more dominant and tougher than Tom. And to make things worse for Tom, Bethany's boyfriend Ricky has also schemed his way into being a guest at the home. Jake convinces Tom to take action against Ricky and use his paintball gun to get him to leave the premises. But of course, it all backfires and Tom's parents feel bad for him and Tom gets another lecture.
As the whole family try to enjoy their vacation, because the TV stopped working, Ricky volunteers to fix the satellite but wants Tom to join him upstairs. Meanwhile, we see a spaceship(s) arrive on top of the house.
While upstairs, Ricky tells Tom that he is lying about his intentions of coming to their house and that he is also not a high school student but a man no longer in school. And to get back at Tom for the paintball incident, Ricky forces Tom to fix the satellite himself. And as Tom check on the satellite, he sees that the dish has been destroyed. Jake joins Tom on the roof and is surprised about the damage caused to the dish but then things go crazy as a shadow of some creature shows up on the wall. As they turn around, they are greeted by four mean aliens: The leader Skip, the warrior Tazer, the intelligent engineer named Sparks and a female named Razor who want to capture both Tom and Jake
As Ricky, tries to talk to Tom, not knowing there are aliens behind him, he is shot by a dart on the back of the neck and is now being controlled by the robots.
Meanwhile, all children come in contact with the aliens and now the war is on. Aliens work up a strategy to get to the basement in order to find a device that will call down its alien fleet to attack the Earth, while the children do what they can to prevent it from happening.
Will the kids be able to stop the aliens in time?
"Aliens in the Attic" on Blu-ray comes with two discs, the original Blu-ray with the film and the special features and a second disc which contains a digital copy of the film.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"Aliens in the Attic" is featured in 1080p High Definition (widescreen 1:85:1, AVC@22MBPS). With a good number of scenes are shot during the day, the colors are vibrant and even indoors, inside the house there is good enough lighting that you do see the detail in the homes, destruction caused by the children and the aliens.
Audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (also Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital) and this is where "Aliens in the Attic" shines. Dialogue and music is front and center channel driven but it's the good amount of LFE that you hear during the action sequences that catch your attention. Especially at the end when you hear the stomps with that deep bass coming out of your subwoofer, almost reminiscent of that "Jurassic Park" T-Rex stomping, a good amount of that during the action sequence at the end. Especially during the implosion of a machine where you hear this long reverberating sound that sounds really nice. I didn't hear any major use of panning or any significant surround usage, especially with the rear surrounds but for the most part, for a kid-friendly film, good use of lossless audio during the action sequences.
Subtitles are featured in English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese and Thai.
"Aliens in the Attic" comes with the following special features:
* Introduction to Film with Ashley Tisdale - (:20) Introduction shown beginning of the presentation of the film and also included in the special features. * Introduction to Special Features with Ashley Tisdale - (:20) An introduction to the special features by Ashley Tisdale. * Alternate Ending - (2:46) An alternate ending but not yet finalized with the special effects and CG animation. Similar to the final cut but with a more extended scene with the aliens. * Deleted Scenes - Featuring the following three deleted scenes: The Basement, Anti-Gravity Sheriff and Alternate Resolution. * Gag Reel - (4:52) Bloopers from "Aliens in the Attic". * Behind the Zirkonians - (15:23) Featuring an animated comic book of the aliens and how they got the job to pursue their capture of the Planet Earth. * Meet the Zirkonians - Using your remote, you can view information on the four aliens: The warrior Tazer, the intelligent Sparks, the leader Skip and the female warrior Razor. When you click on an alien, you can click on parts of the alien's body or their profile and watch video of the main talent talk about the certain aliens capabilities. * The Ashley Encounters - (4:09) Ashley Tisdale on the set of "Aliens in the Attic". Cast talk about working with Ashley and more. * Lights, Camera, Aliens - (9:31) Behind-the-scenes of making the film "Aliens in the Attic". Interviews with cast and crew. * Kung Fu Grandma - (1:20) A promo of how to transform your Nana into a bonecrushing martial arts fighter. * Brian Anthony "Electricity" Video - (1:34) A music video showcasing the aliens to the tune of Brian Anthony's "Electricity". * Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School with Barry Josephson - (27:29) Three film students interview Barry Josephson, producer of "Aliens in the Attic".
The film also comes with a digital copy "Aliens in the Attic".
I watched "Aliens in the Attic" with my six-year-old son and both of us enjoyed it. Personally, I think that there are going to be a lot of children films that touch upon fantasy and once in awhile, it's good to have these type of films where the parents are not too important to the plot but it's the children working together to take on the enemy. Personally for me, it reminds me of the zaniness of a film such as "The Goonies" but for a more younger demographic that know their video games, know who Ashley Tisdale is and for adults, a film to just watch and enjoy without having to critique how the CG doesn't compare to the latest Pixar film or how this film did not screen for critics.
The kids bring some charm to the film. You have Carter Jenkins playing the very intelligent Tom Pearson, but in the beginning, tries to shave off his "book smarts" because it's not cool and in the end, I personally though the message with his character was quite positive for children. Being smart doesn't mean you're not cool. Austin Robert Butler as Jake Pearson, the child who thinks combat/strategy is a predictable gung-ho character (especially when he owns an expensive paint ball machine gun, you know where that's going). For the video game fans, the twins Henri and Regan young reaches out to those who know their video games. From one sporting the old school Activision shirt, to them using their video game skills during the body control parts of the film. And dare I say, I had fun seeing the "Street Fighter 2' Shoryuuken and spinning kick move that the kids use on Doris Roberts character Nana. And Ashley Boettcher as the young Hannah Pearson who is the cute innocent young girl who befriends an alien, ala young Drew Barrymore who played Gertie on "E.T.".
Ashley Tisdale provides that young star power for those who are familiar with her Disney Channel TV shows or her films and also her music. But the shining star happens to be her boyfriend Robert Hoffman, who portrays the craziest role when he gets controlled by the aliens and later on by the kids.
As mentioned earlier, the adults do not play a major role in this film. Sure, we have former "Saturday Night Live" cast members Kevin Nealon and Tim Meadows and "Late Show with Conan O'Brien" sidekick Andy Richter and also actress Gillian Vigman. But the adults do not really interfere in the film but you do get to see "Everybody Loves Raymond" actress Doris Roberts as the grandmother Nana Rose Pearson being mind controlled and the video game twins use her a fighting video game-like character. Sure, it's corny but for fighting video game fans who recognize the fighting moves, you can't help but laugh and root for grandma.
But the hijinks are hilarious, the characters are fun and my son enjoyed the film as well. Personally, I figured that I grew up with such 80's films as "E.T.", "The Goonies", "The Monster Squad", where kids work together to take on an enemy. Sure, we have that now with a few adventure films but it's good to have something different (especially when its aliens) and a film that is not so serious.
As for the Blu-ray, personally, I enjoyed the Blu-ray release. I thought the picture quality was good and the audio quality especially the utilization of LFE (especially at the end) was a nice tough for the audiophiles. And for the Ashley Tisdale fans, there are a good number of special features for you.
Parents who are wondering if this is suitable for children, I think four years and older would be fine. It's not a scary film at all but perhaps the sight of green aliens with sharp teeth may be a bit scary for them. But for the most part, this is a kid friendly film.
Overall, "Aliens in the Attic" is not as adventurous as "The Goonies" or "The Chronicles of Narnia", emotional as "E.T" or dark as "The Spiderwick Chronicles" but the film does well for its own as a kid-friendly film with a fun group of young characters trying to fight off four aliens who are trying to trigger an alien invasion.
"Aliens in the Attic" is an enjoyable family film that is fun, hilarious and entertaining, especially if not taken too seriously. Overall, a film definitely worth giving a try!