Radio 08.07.09

This is Ron Salfen, "At The Movies," and here's my commentary on a film opening this week at The Majestic Theater in Greenville

"Aliens In The Attic" is one of those kid-oriented films where the adults are either dorky, disinterested, or distracted, which leaves the important things up to the children.  It's a family vacation, and big sis and little brother are sniping at each other (mostly over her new boyfriend, who he thinks isn't good enough for her), and little sis seems oblivious to it all.  They meet their grandmother, their Uncle, and his three sons at a lakeside vacation house, where the Dads talk about how great it will be to go fishing together, and the kids look at each other like they'd rather be doing almost anything else.
Well, you have to watch what you wish for; you might get it.  While the adults are downstairs watching television, the kids encounter:  you guessed it, "aliens in the attic."  It seems the little buggers just arrived on their spaceship as an advance scouting party for the big invasion on its way, and they're charged with digging up some kind of power box that's buried under the basement of the old house, and then combating some random humans to see how vulnerable they are.  Well, these annoying little aliens didn't count on how resourceful and determined these all-American kids can be, even when they have to keep their parents in the dark about the whole thing because, it turns out, only the kids ("because they are wired differently") can resist the alien's mind-control device.  Of course while the big kids are firing their paint guns and fireworks, little sis is befriending the littlest alien, the techno-geek, who seems naturally less aggressive than the others.  Lots of slapstick visuals, bathroom humor, and playful antics, and at the end, the world is saved and nobody gets hurt and the family is a little closer despite itself.  Though predictably silly and contrived, “Aliens In The Attic” is a classic family-oriented happy ending movie, suitable for all ages.

This is Ron Salfen, "At The Movies," for 93-5 KICK-FM