Director: Tim Johnson
Run time: 1hr 34m
“Based on the critically acclaimed book “The True Meaning of Smekday” by Adam Rex. In “Home” an alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl. The two become unlikely buddies and embark on a comical globe-trotting adventure to right his wrongs, in which our alien hero learns what it really means to be human.”
1:35 – “I am very excitement.”
4:30 – Eeek, travelling in a ball pool is bad. Irrational fear.
4:50 – Their new home is just like the Sims!
10:58 – Don’t like sad, lonely Oh.
12:42 – That is a bad design. Reply all has never been so dangerous.
13:13 – “Anyplace but Paris!” At laaaaast.
15:46 – “Can I come into the out now?”
22:07 – The animation of Rihanna’s hair is incredible.
23:40 – Noooooo, Paris it is then.
29:57 – “What is the purpose of your face?”
35:51 – Dancing boove is hilarious. I wish I could dance like that!
39:00 – “Humans are more complicated than it said in the pamphlet.”
51:34 – Well, at least they turned the Eiffel Tower upside down.
57:16 – Dub step aliens.
59:15 – “They is metric.” Have never heard that admission before!
1:05:30 – Was that meant to look like the Death Star?
1:07:56 – Captain Oh is a little bit like Who’s on first.
1:18:23 – Don’t think I’ve ever been grateful to hear a reversing beep before.
1:21:58 – High hand touching.
As with most kids films, I was glad this was relatively short, as it was utterly exhausting. Total fun and chaos from start to finish, it was endlessly entertaining. Jim Parsons was basically Sheldon but in actual alien form, and Rhianna appeared to be a kid version of herself – from Barbados, and providing all of the music (too much, to my mind).
But it had a great story, lots of fun characters, one-liners and slapstick stuff, and a brilliantly happy ending. It was genuinely moving, particularly just before the aforementioned reversing beep saved the day.
Definitely rewatchable, which is the mark of a kid’s film really, as I can imagine the little ‘uns being parked in front of this one over and over again.