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Aliens in the Attic

  • Film
  • 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.
Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:PG
  • Release date:Wednesday 12 August 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
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