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  • 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.
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    I thought the acting from the children was great. I especially like Ty Consiglio as the school bully/super villain. The plot was a bit iffy.

    The movie starts with Rod and his friend Mickey trying to escape the school without encountering bully Billy. They are unsuccessful and Billy squishes a bug and rubs it in Rod's hair. Billy appears to be dumb and unintimidating. Yet Rod takes it from him and doesn't stand up for himself. He comes home and finds out his annoying cousin is staying with him. He then discovers a tiny spaceship with tiny aliens who make Rod's life miserable and threaten to kill him if he tells anyone about them. Rod breaks this rule multiple times. Luckily no one believes him. The aliens finally help him stand up to Billy. Rod later discovers that Billy is the evil alien that is trying to destroy the world. (Not exactly a twist. The bully being the villain. A stupid 12 year old bully turns out to be a criminal mastermind who lives alone and is constantly plotting? Can the movie at least be consistent with its characters?) Though Rod was afraid to stand up to Billy before, now knowing he is a literal monster capable of destroying him, has no problem fighting back. The whole school sees this, while there is clearly abnormal activity, yet nobody questions it. The teachers don't even do anything about the two boys violently fighting in front of the entire school. Rod helps the aliens get back on their ship and hopes to see them again. Mickey still has no idea what is going on, even though Rod told him and played it off like a joke. Rod also never found out what happened to his father, though it was brought up several times. This totally sets the movie up for a sequel.

    Important lesson to teach kids: Bullies are all one-dimensional people with no intention other than to be cruel. They may be aliens trying to destroy the world just to be cruel. I guess villains don't need a better motive.
  • It was a good movie for young kids. The flow of the story is good find it interesting most of the time.
  • rsvp32118 April 2018
    Not The Goonies, or Explorers, but very watchable, fun, and decent story.
  • ChrisLFinch9 September 2018
    This Movie covers bullying and in a few of the scenes there are alive animals being squished into peoples hair which was disturbing

    at the start Rod was afraid to stand up to Billy before, than has no problem fighting back when he discovers something about him. The whole school sees this, while there is clearly abnormal activity, yet nobody questions it. The teachers didn't even do anything about the two boys violently fighting in front of the entire school

    Rod also never found out what happened to his father, I would of liked to know what happened to him. I think there is going to be another Movie where it will tell us what happened.

    I liked the intro and the songs that were played though out the Movie, I think it went well with the scenes. I like how creative the Movie was. I liked the use of lighting and special effects. most of the acting was good, I found the Movie interesting at times. But some parts got a little boring. the aliens were both mysterious and funny. My fav character has to be mickey, he was funny and he reminded me of my friends.
  • I loved the book Aliens Ate My Homework when I was in elementary school. I haven't read it in 20 years, so I can't really comment on how good the book would be to adult eyes.

    Still, this film condenses and alters the plot to the point where I wasn't all that impressed. I did really like the look of the aliens, and the kids playing the younger siblings were fun and cute and a nice break from the usual sarcastic, precocious kids you see in most movies/shows.

    But this film is also full of groan-worthy, and borderline inappropriate moments, ranging from the litany of horrible plant puns (from the plant alien) to a jaw-dropping shot where the main character holds a paper mache volcano at his crotch while it shoots out white foam.

    Also, call me crazy, but this movie was full of references to the main character being fat and yet I felt like the actor looked like he was a healthy weight. And yet he is called "pudge-boy" and his cousin makes jokes about his diet not working out. It was weird seeing a child at a normal weight being fat-shamed. If they wanted this to be a part of the pot, then they should have found an actor who was actually overweight.

    I was hoping that this would be a fun throwback to a childhood favorite, but ultimately it was pretty disappointing. Though I did realize a little ways through the film that the person playing the principal was Bruce Coville himself! If you really liked the book as a kid, maybe check it out. Otherwise, skip it. Would I show this film to a child? Probably not. Both because of the "humor" and because it's simply not that good.
  • 3/25/18. It's Small Soldiers meets E.T. A cutesy sci-fi movie with a middle-school cast as they deal with world domination by miniature aliens. Totally watchable.
  • AAMH has a lot of good elements in it. Some good acting, some not so good. What amazed me is after just 5 minutes in, I HAD to keep watching. There's a few laughs, some comedic sequences, a fairly loose plot that was easy to whirl around in. Definitely one for the younger bunch.
  • The movie was fine and I think kids will enjoy watching it. But personally I don't really enjoy it because I find the story was bit boring especially when they were doing the mission at school. But the plot was OK. The acts were also okay but I think Mickey's act...errhh annoying. I don't think I'd watch the next movie if there'll be one next, but yes I think kids would still love it.
  • radecrow19 June 2019
    1/10
    Nope
    The characters were so bland and stereotypical they had so many useless characters the only interesting one was the bully and even he was really bland the story was ok at best but really not that good I don't think even a kid would like this movie