Low-budget sci-fi comedy with laughs, heart, and great music
This is one of the most surprising and enjoyable movies I've seen in ages. The ridiculous premise (human-looking aliens with red bucket helmets hear Earth music for the first time and instantly form a band) is played completely straight, making it all the more hilarious. At its heart, though, is a sweet story of a friendship, a father trying to hold his family together, an oddball finding a place to fit in, and the enduring power of love and music. Oh, and with a comet is heading for his home world, General Trius must decide whether to wipe out life on Earth with a flesh-eating bacteria or team up with The Mighty Kevin and launch a disabled nuclear missile to save both planets. Oh, and Dee Snider from Twisted Sister is in there, too.
Ludicrous and wonderful. The guitar-and-banjo musical numbers are true showstoppers you'll be humming for days. There is some mild profanity and several fistfights where nobody gets too hurt but realistically bruised. Characters run from the police, there's some laser-beam stun shots, and an evil alien who looks like something out of the Power Rangers. It's hard to imagine anyone finding much offensive in this film, and even young kids will likely get out kick out of it. There really is something here for the whole family to enjoy. Highly recommended.