Aliens in the Attic

Film, Family and kids
2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
The scramble to keep kids entertained over the summer months continues with this underwhelming spin on ‘ET’ and ‘Gremlins’. Dragged off to a remote mansion for the summer months, precocious teen Tom (Carter Jenkins) and his self-obsessed sister Bethany (Ashley Tisdale) uncover a devious alien plot to launch a worldwide mind-control invasion from their loft.

There’s not a great deal to recommend: a few decent one-liners, some inventive anti-gravity slapstick and a brief but enjoyably bonkers remote-controlled kung-fu battle between one of the kids and Tom’s brain-zapped granny. But such fleeting charms are largely outweighed by an unexceptional script, a brace of shabby performances (from both kids and adults) and some dismal CG effects: the aliens appear almost transparent, like animated transfers barely clinging to the screen. ‘Aliens in the Attic’ will probably prove an effective distraction for undemanding pre-teens; their parents might find it more of a chore.

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Release details

Rated:
PG
Release date:
Wednesday August 12 2009
Duration:
86 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
John Schultz
Screenwriter:
Mark Burton, Adam F. Goldberg
Cast:
Carter Jenkins
Ashley Tisdale
Austin Robert Butler
Robert Hoffman
Kevin Nealon
Tim Meadows
Andy Richter
Gillian Vigman
Ashley Boettcher
Doris Roberts