ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
Great Family Fun
Release Date: July 31, 2009
Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Nealon,
Robert Hoffman, Austin Robert
Butler, Andy Richter, Carter
Jenkins, and Doris Roberts
Genre: Comedy/Science Fiction
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: John Schultz
Executive Producer: Arnon Milchan and Marc S.
Producer: Barry Josephson
Writer: Mark Burton and Adam F.
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO of News Corp.
Peter Chernin, President/COO of The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
Two adult brothers, Stu and Nate, bring their families together for a fishing vacation. However, five knee-high aliens arrive to unearth a hidden device that will enable them to take over the world. The device, however, is buried underneath the vacation house. The aliens are able to shoot a dart into the neck of an adult and control them with a remote control, like in a video game. However, the darts do not affect anyone under 18; they only affect adults.
This leaves the group of children and teenagers to battle the aliens who have crashed into the attic. They must stop them from getting to the basement to dig up the alien device. Meanwhile, the younger sister befriends one of the aliens and hides him, reminiscent of E.T. The world is made safe again but not without a number of action twists and turns.
Set entirely in the vacation home, the six kids and teenagers build potato guns. They use their wits to stop the aliens, all the while trying to keep their parents in the dark about the aliens so the adults don’t get hit with the mind control darts.
The action in ALIENS IN THE ATTIC is lots of fun. It includes a martial arts sequence between the grandmother (Doris Roberts), who has been struck with the mind control dart and must be controlled by a handheld game device by her grandson against the sister’s older boyfriend, who is being controlled by an alien.
The movie, designed to be at some points like a video game, is aimed toward children and young teenagers. At the beginning of the movie, the children talk back to their parents but in the end, things are resolved, especially between Tom, the main boy child, and his father, Stu. Tom, in fact, learns that it’s okay to be a math wiz, even if that doesn’t make him cool with other kids in school. Big sister Bethany learns that having a boyfriend is not as important as family. She also learns to be more discerning.
The movie contains two profanities but no obscenities. There is slapstick violence when the older boyfriend, who has lied and manipulated Bethany’s parents, gets his comeuppance.
The movie’s main audience will be children and fans of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL star Ashley Tisdale, playing Bethany the older sister.
ALIENS IN THE ATTIC is a charming, delightful movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Despite a couple profanities, ALIENS IN THE ATTIC is a charming, delightful movie for the whole family. Although the children initially talk back to their parents, this problem is rebuked and later resolved. In fact, the children learn valuable lessons. One of the boys, Tom, learns it’s okay to be a math wiz, even if that doesn’t make him cool with other children at school. His big sister, Bethany, learns that having a boyfriend is not as important as family.