Aliens in the Attic Lacks Anything Resembling Imagination
- Friday, July 31, 2009
Joining what becomes an impromptu family reunion of sorts, Uncle Nathan (Andy Richter), Nana (Doris Roberts) and cousins Jake (Austin Butler) and twins Lee (Regan Young) and Art (Henri Young) meet up with the Pearsons at the cabin, hoping for a few days to reconnect. But when a movie is titled Aliens in the Attic, it doesn't take long to realize that catching up probably won't be part of the scheduled itinerary.
Instead, the kids and that annoying boyfriend of Bethany's—Ricky (Robert Hoffman)—will face a group of malevolent aliens who are making their way from the attic to the rest of the house, hoping to take over the human race. So what's the reason for their ill perception of humans? Well, it's never explained, but you just go with it.
With their clueless parents none the wiser, the kids have to band together to defend their home from the unwelcome little creatures who are animated in the fashion of a "Bugs Bunny" cartoon—and that's still being too generous. But at least the integration of the aliens keeps all the family bickering at bay for the remainder of the flick's 86-minute running time.
Small glimpses of inspiration are found in a couple of decently executed jokes involving a rotary phone, but aside from that, the movie's banal title pretty much tells you everything you need to know. There are aliens in the attic, and really, there's no compelling reason for the audience to care, which inevitably begs the question: Surely, Hollywood can offer children and their long-suffering parents far more substantive and entertaining kiddie fare, can't it?
- Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking.
- Language/Profanity: Several instances of the Lord's name in vain plus a couple of minor expletives.
- Sex/Nudity: None, but there's sexual innuendo involving Bethany and her boyfriend Ricky. Apparently, Ricky has been lying to Bethany's family and said he's in high school, but at 18, he's now too old to be. But he's still keen on getting as far as he can sexually with her. For a good chunk of the movie, Bethany prances around in her bikini.
- Violence: The aliens (with the exception of one peace-loving one) want to take out the humans in several "battle" scenes.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.
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