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Home

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated alien comedy is sweet, cute, if not super original.

Movie PG 2015 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 3+

Terrific for 6 & 8 year olds

My kids are getting very picky with the movies they will watch (much preferring the latest kids Youtube stars). However, they both enjoyed this one. So did mom and dad (as Big Bang fans). It was nothing particularly special, but funny enough - especially the dance scenes. We all enjoyed it. The rare movie that kept the attention of all four of us. Sutiable for any age in our opinion.
age 3+

I loved it, very family friendly.

I’m not trying to single out anyone’s opinion, personally, I think you should watch it before you judge. It does get a bit action packed in some moments, but is overall very mild. I personally really liked it. It has a lot of positive messages, and Jim Parsons never fails when it comes to comedy. Quite funny. The jokes certainly add to the fun of kids and adults. It is very family friendly, I really do recommend it :).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39 ):
Kids say (76 ):

Plenty of creativity and artistry were lavished on HOME's production, and the animation is flat-out beautiful. The movie is good, if not startlingly original -- which may be just fine for most young moviegoers. The Boov look a little like the pudgy, adorable Minions from the Despicable Me franchise, with some mini-Shrek thrown in. And The Boov's clueless leader, Captain Smek (an enthusiastic Steve Martin), recalls Madagascar's hilariously egomaniacal but not particularly brave King Julien. (When threatened, the Boov legend goes, "Smek wisely fled in terror.")

The Boov frown upon courage and lack the human yearning for company; they find human behavior totally bewildering. This makes the lovable Oh an outlier -- he's a guy who wants to party down living among a people who believe that "Parties are useless and take up valuable Boov time." ("Among The Boov, I do not fit in," he explains. "I fit out.") The relationship between the good-hearted but friendless alien and the skeptical, self-reliant Tip is beautifully rendered. And the songs (sung by Rihanna) that dot the action help enormously to clarify the movie's emotional underpinnings. The decision to emphasize humanity's best characteristics -- the tendency to display irrational hope in the face of long odds -- makes Home a feel-good experience even as aliens are taking over the planet.

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