Box art for Aliens in the Attic

Aliens in the Attic

children & family, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


It's summer vacation, but the Pearson family kids are stuck at a boring lake house with their nerdy parents. That is until feisty, little, green aliens crash-land on the roof, with plans to conquer the house AND Earth!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    31%
  • Audience Score
    44%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Silly teens-versus-aliens adventure is sure to delight kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this alien adventure comedy stars Disney Channel and Nickelodeon veterans like Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) and Austin Robert Butler (Zoey 101), so expect tweens and younger elementary schoolers to be interested.There's a heavy dose of physical humor and action, as well as some mildperil, but it's fairly mild compared to other tween-targetedfilms. The language includes frequent use of insults like "stupid," "idiot," and "tool," while the consumerism focuses heavily onelectronics (Nintendo, Mac, X-box, etc.).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's cartoonish violence. Will younger kids be frightened, or do you think they'll understand from the start that the aliens aren't all that evil?
  • Parents can also discuss the kids' secrecy. Kids: is it generally a wise idea to keep important concerns from your parents?
  • An important issue is raised when Tom, a "mathlete," says he'd rather hide his intelligence and tank his grades than be labeled a nerd. Why is this a dangerous message? Why does Tom change his mind?
  • There's a noticeable amount of brand placement in the movie. What message do all those corporate logos send kids?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The ensuing war of the worlds is waged with weapons as fearsome as a bubble blower, a skateboard, and a sort of anti-gravity grenade that, frankly, looks like a lot of fun.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Friday, July 31, 2009

Rotten:

- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fresh: Getting past the passages of forced teen coolness, this likable sci-fi romp brings some PG-tastic fun.

- Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

My daughter picks winners. I have to admit i laughed at parts of this one. Not a great movie but did have some cute moments. My daughter really liked it though.

- jmanard52, Monday, January 25, 2010

1 star

this movie sucked. there were very few funny parts in the whole movie (maybe 3) and even then those few parts weren't even hilarious. I don't recommend. D

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, June 30, 2010

3 stars

Well, it is true that this movie had a bunch of cast with a terrible act and a ridiculous story about aliens, but guess what?? I enjoy watching this movie...!! Goes with a very simple story about mini-aliens whose want to have an invasion on earth, but unfortunately their mission is failed because of a bunch of kids... I wonder how Ashley Tisdale wants to play in a movie like this, maybe she wants a new career besides her High School Musical trilogy.... And one good thing about this movie, Robert Hoffman is so funny... He's ridiculous and pretty talented, of course after I saw him before in 'Step Up 2 The Streets'... Anyway, this movie was a decent but at least it was entertained me...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Saturday, February 6, 2010