A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, rather than educate, but there are some lessons about the power of friendship and tolerance.
Themes of tolerance, the power of friendship, and being who you really are. The Boov (and all viewers with pessimistic leanings) are encouraged to embrace humans' irrational but endearing tendencies toward hope and perseverance. Boovs give up when the odds are against them, but Tip never gives up on finding her mother.
Positive Role Models
Oh feels like an outsider among his people because, like humans, he wants friends and social interaction (in general, the Boov prefer to be alone). Despite their differences, he befriends Tip, and they teach each other the strengths of their people. Some toilet/potty humor (Oh likes to share information about his output).
Violence & Scariness
Gargantuan alien spaceships invade Earth. A main character appears to be killed but survives. Tip has lost/been separated from her mother.
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Products & Purchases
Many licensing/merchandising tie-ins off screen, including books, clothing, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Home is based on Adam Rex's children's book The True Meaning of Smekday. This skillfully animated movie creates a believable world in which aliens known as The Boov, running from their enemies, must find a new planet to inhabit ... so they take over Earth. Human families get broken up in the forced relocations that follow, and Tip (voiced by Rihanna) is separated from her mother -- which could be upsetting for small children. She teams up with Oh (Jim Parsons), the most human-friendly of The Boov, and an adventure ensues. The invaders and their large ships could be a little scary, and at one point it looks as though a main character dies (though that's not the case). There's also a little bit of toilet humor, but not much in the way of strong language, inappropriately sexy stuff, or substance use. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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