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Stepsister from Planet Weird

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Gentle alien comedy deals with challenges of a new family.

Movie NR 2000 85 minutes
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A delight from start to finish, this is a smart and consistently funny movie that is completely warmhearted. YA author Francess Lantz's novel is adapted for the screen by Chris Matheson, who wrote tween time-travel comedy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Like the Bill & Ted movies, Stepsister from Planet Weird has real affection for its teenage characters and even those shown in a negative light at the start are given their chance to shine. The relationships in the movie are all excellent, too. Megan and her mother, Kathy (Khrystyne Haje) are natural together and the oddball alien pair Cosmo Cola and Ariel from Planet Zircalon are hilarious.

It's also a fiercely humanistic movie, with aliens learning to love the ways of humans, and free will being championed. The movie's most effective element is how it shows understanding and empathy, with each girl's diary being read in voiceover, letting us see key scenes from two completely different perspectives. Smart, very funny, and surprising, Stepsister from Planet Weird is stellar family fun that unfortunately has flown under most people's radar.

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