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Aliens bring Home truths; OUR MAN AT THE MOVIES; Film; of the week; Bright pair rescue the planet in pacy animated flick.

Home Cert U ***

A FUGITIVE alien and a streetwise girl join forces to save the world in this bright, busy animated adventure.

Based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, it's a technicolor blast of fun for the little ones that adults will be happy to doze through.

Led by blustering incompetent Captain Smek (Steve Martin), the small, rotund and many-tentacled alien Boov escape their angry, armoured enemy, the Grog, conquer Earth and regard it as home.

The purple Boov, proud of their cowardice, look as if they are moulded from bubblegum and turn red when angry and green when they lie.

With giant machines they suck up the Humans and deposit them in a purpose-built town in Australia.

A human girl called Tip, voiced by singer Rihanna, who escapes the mass relocation is desperate to find her mother Lucy (Jennifer Lopez).

She teams up with an optimistic but naive Boov called Oh (Jim Parsons) who has been cast out for mistakenly emailing a party invitation to the entire galaxy - including to the Grog. Oh turns Tip's family car into a flying mobile, it serves cinema snack food such as nachos, popcorn and hot dogs.

And the pair take on the Grog. Oh and Tip's squabbling becomes annoying and the film improves when they shut up and the animators can conjure up a dazzling image or two.

Parsons plays on his excellent super-nerd character Sheldon from the TV series The Big Bang Theory while Rihanna is adequate as the headstrong if whiny Tip and also provides most of the soundtrack.

Home is keen on cramming in an exhausting list of life lessons - keep promises, tell the truth, appreciate art, take care of your family, be web safe, be brave, learn a foreign language, shushing people is bad

There are lots of toilet jokes, the film is fairly zippily paced and the movable skulls of brainy Boov made me smile. Home is not in the least challenging but is genial enough.


ON THE EDGE: Tip and Oh look worried

WHINY: Tip voiced by Rihanna

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2015
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