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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Aliens Stole My Body is the follow-up to Aliens Ate My Homework; both movies are based on author Bruce Coville's successful series Rod Allbright and the Galactic Patrol. It will appeal most to viewers familiar with the previous movie and/or books and to young fans of undemanding sci-fi and space fiction. Expect campy effects, punny humor, and fairly gentle scares, as well as kids saving the day using bravery, science, and innovation. But there is sci-fi violence: Aliens fight one another and shoot space weapons. The villain threatens the lives of both aliens and humans, pushes them through a black hole, shoots at them, kidnaps them, and puts them to sleep temporarily. The young heroes are hooked up to a teleportation machine that they're told could kill them. They outrun a giant ball in an outdoor tunnel, and then one disappears into another dimension. A family faces potential disaster on a spaceship. A married couple kisses after a five-year separation. Language is limited to "bullocks" and "boogers," and there's a toast with champagne glasses.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about any similarities they noticed between Aliens Stole My Body and other space-set sci-fi, including Star Wars or Star Trek. What do sci-fi movies tend to have in common?
If you could travel in space, which planet would you like to go to? How do you envision your spaceship?
Rod risks his life to save his father. Do you think he made good choices?
Did any parts of the movie scare you? How much scary stuff is OK for young kids?
- On DVD or streaming: August 4, 2020
- Cast: Ty Consiglio, Christian Convery, Bruce Coville
- Director: Sean McNamara
- Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Space and Aliens
- Run time: 88 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some action and mild rude material
- Last updated: August 31, 2020
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