Aliens Stole My Body

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Campy sci-fi tale has low-budget effects, hokey humor.
  • PG
  • 2020
  • 88 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Science and innovation are useful.

Positive Messages

Family members do anything for each other. Bravery, cunning, teamwork help achieve goals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rod, Elspeth, and Mickey put their lives at risk to save Rod's dad. They display courage, loyalty, ingenuity. The aliens help the kids but also try some potentially risky techniques on them. B'kr is cruel and destructive.

Violence & Scariness

Most violence is played for humor or so unreal that it's unlikely to be scary. But aliens fight each other and shoot space weapons at each other. And B'kr threatens aliens and humans, pushes them through a black hole, shoots at them, kidnaps them, puts them to sleep temporarily. Rod and Elspeth are hooked up to a teleportation machine that they're told could kill them. The kids outrun a giant ball in an outdoor tunnel. Rod disappears into another dimension. The family faces potential disaster on a spaceship.

Sexy Stuff

A married couple kisses after a five-year separation.

Language

"Bullocks," "boogers."

Consumerism

Based on Bruce Coville's book series Rod Allbright and the Galactic Patrol.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The family toasts with champagne glasses.

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.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byPee wee August 22, 2020

Johnny english 3, oh hel noh

Nuuuuuuuuuu NUUUUUUUUUUU.... very good should be in Oscars.

What's the story?

In ALIENS STOLE MY BODY, three kids enlist a spaceship crew of aliens to help them find a missing dad. Art Allbright (Sandy Robson), a father of three, has been missing for five years when his older son, Rod (Jayden Greig); niece Elspeth (Lauren McNamara); and their friend Mickey (Sean Quan) set out to discover his whereabouts. Enlisting the help of Principal (played by Bruce Coville, author of the book series the movie is based on) and his alien crew, the kids discover that Allbright has been frozen in a moment of time by galactic bad guy B'kr (Ty Consiglio). They'll try anything -- including temporarily shifting Rod's brain into Elspeth's body -- to save Art, putting their lives in danger along the way.

Is it any good?

The seemingly low-budget effects, goofy alien costumes, stiff dialogue, and hokey humor of this movie weigh it down for any but the least demanding viewers. Fans of the original book series and previous adaptations may be drawn to it, and Aliens Stole My Body offers 88 minutes of mostly harmless space hijinks for kids interested in sci-fi stories. A bright spot is the over-the-top performance of Consiglio as villain B'kr. Listen also for Trekker George Takei behind one of the alien costumes.

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?

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