Aliens in the Attic (PG)

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The Independent Culture

A pleasant, inconsequential movie about resourceful kids fighting off an alien invasion in suburban Michigan.

Carter Jenkins plays Tom, the troubled brainy kid who's allowed his grades to slide and now has to go on vacation with the extended family. While he's trying to fix the TV aerial on the roof, he finds that it's become the landing pad for a quartet of blobby green extraterrestrials. It has its moments, oddly, including a chop-socky fight between an old granny and Tom's sister's boyfriend, and one nice riff on technology: in the attic, the kids find an old telephone with a finger-dial setting, and their looks of bafflement seem to render the artefact far more outlandish than any little green man carrying a raygun.