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Aliens in the Attic
Carter Jenkins, Ashley Tiesdale, Kevin NealonDirected by John Schultz
Fox Home Entertainment 2009
86 minutes

It has been a while since I have enjoyed a family movie DVD as much as Aliens in the Attic. Though the little ones might be a bit scared at first by the scary looking Zirkonians aka the aliens in the attic, this is the kind of movie everyone in the family can have fun watching, even adults. It is quick paced, original, and very, very funny.

Tom, his older sister Bethany, his younger sister, his cousin and his twin brothers follow their parents to a rented cottage for some family time. Bethany’s boyfriend also shows up. Aliens in the Attic quickly establishes troll-sized aliens have landed and are looking for a machine buried in the basement that will allow them to invade Earth. They have a mind control unit that works on adults but not on kids. It is up to the kids to team up, work together, and save the planet from the invasion.

This involves a lot of Home Alone style mayhem, working together, sometimes using Gameboy skills, and a lot of homemade weaponry including a potato gun and other fun stuff.

Of course, the adults are oblivious to all that is going on. Fortunately for parents watching this family movie DVD, the adults are not your usual idiotic adults. Robert Hoffman is excellent as Bethany’s soon to be possessed by aliens boyfriend and his talent for physical comedy is amazing. Everybody Loves Raymond’s Doris Roberts is a hoot, especially when she gets to show off her kung fun fighting skills.

Aliens in the Attic is certainly a keeper and the kind of DVD kids will watch more than a few times. It is quick paced, easy to understand and follow, and lots and lots of fun.

Special features on Aliens in the Attic DVD include the absolutely great Kung Fu Grandma; Introduction to Film with Ashley Tisdale; The Ashley Encounters; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Behind the Zirkonians; and Meet The Zirkonians.

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