A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In the words of the film's title, there is "No place like home."
Positive Role Models
In spite of their sibling rivalry, Mel and Mac work together to help Moses find his way back to his home planet.
Violence & Scariness
Early in the film a rabbit is run over by a jeep. A boy crashes into a rock and hurts his head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An alien who looks like a man in his early 20s is shown naked behind a bush covering his private parts. A sister accuses her brother of having a "dirty magazine" under his mattress.
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"Hell." One character calls another a "pervert." A brother tells his sister to "bite me."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
When talking about the sheriff who's truck has broken down in the middle of nowhere, one character asks another if the sheriff has been drinking again.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that No Place Like Home -- a predictable story about an alien discovered by a teen sister and brother -- has some name-calling between siblings. Also, a man makes a homophobic insinuation at the expense of a female law enforcement official. Aside from this, have fun keeping track of all the 1980s film and television stars packed into this otherwise unremarkable movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
NO PLACE LIKE HOME doesn't really add anything new to the "alien landing on Earth" genre. There are absolutely no surprises -- not even in the bad twist ending -- to say nothing of the lame character stereotypes (clumsy sheriff, sassy administrative assistant, mystical Native American among others), and the corny jokes interspersed throughout. Kids will groan at the cheesy special effects; adults will wonder what the heck ever happened to the careers of Richard Moll (Bull from the 1980's sitcom Night Court) and Judge Reinhold.
Basically, this is a sub-par attempt to combine E.T. and Starman. The name-calling between brother and sister probably won't endear this to parents either. There are better alien landing movies out there.
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