Aliens Ate My Homework is a story I read in the sixth grade (the same age as "Rod" in the movie), and I'm pleasantly surprised to see a movie adaptation twenty-something years later! The movie is fun, adorable, and made me a bit nostalgic for the days I'd get dropped off at the movies without my parents to see a kids adventure film like Explorers, The Wizard, Masters of the Universe, Flight of the Navigator, SpaceCamp, etc. It's got a little bit of magical realism where something extraordinary happens in your own backyard and while dealing with the real world of bullies, bad grades or struggling parents. And who didn't have a goofy friend totally obsessed with explosive edibles?! The kids they cast are so normal and believable (imdb shows that 2 actors have been in Oscar-nominated films already) and the aliens are both mysterious and funny. William Shatner, who plays an ALIEN, is full of wordplay, a total wink to the older "kids." Since it is based on a series of books, maybe we can look forward to more adventures with the Galactic Patrol.