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Alien Trespass

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Retro-style sci-fi action spoof tries hard but doesn't work.

Movie PG 2009 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Nostalgia +++

If you liked Eric McCormack in Travelers and Stewart Patrick in Star Gate Atlantis will probably like this movie.
age 8+

I Wish it Were a Series

I was so pleasantly surprised by this movie. No, it's not a blockbuster, people are too jaded for that. What it is though, is a campy, fun, loving trip through nostalgic monster movies of the 50's. It was clean. It was fun. I smiled all the way through it and laughed at the monster costume. I actually thought it was the first episode of a series and I was really excited that I'd found something new to watch. So when I realized it was a movie, I was disappointed. If you can't just be silly and enjoy simplicity, you are probably too solphisticated for this movie. But if you can do both, I think this is a winner. I will probably watch it again and look for all the treasures they likely added into the movie that I didn't notice the first time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

While Monsters vs. Aliens simply borrows a few '50s sci-fi ideas, the much lower-budget Alien Trespass dives in whole hog -- from the score to the creature to the wooden acting. It raises the question of why you'd try so hard to pay tribute to a fairly shoddy type of filmmaking.

Certainly, the affection of everyone involved is obvious on screen; McCormack brings zip and vim to his dual role, while the other cast members seem to know exactly what kind of movie they're in. But Alien Trespass plays like a curious mix of nostalgia and parody, without any real reason to watch it or care. If you were to stumble across this shabby, slapdash spoof on TV on a rainy afternoon, you might be diverted, but seeing it in a theater is a far less exciting prospect.

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