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PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

On the run from their enemy, the planet-destroying Gorg, the Boov find Earth a suitable place to call “home”. Led by Captain Smek (Steve Martin), they commence their “friendly” invasion of the planet, relocating the humans, whom the Boov deem as simple and backwards, to other parts of the planet while the Boov inhabit their homes in a quick and bloodless conquest. One of the Boov, named Oh (Jim Parsons), is a more excited, freethinking member of the species, who decides to invite the Boov to his apartment for a housewarming party, despite the race’s antipathy towards him. Not far from Oh is a preteen girl named Tip (Rihanna), who drives away through her home city to find her mother Lucy (Jennifer Lopez) after being separated from her during the invasion, leaving her with only her calico cat Pig and fueling her hatred for the Boov.

Oh runs into the street to meet up with a Boov cop named Kyle (Matt Jones), who, like the rest of the Boov, refuse to befriend him. Oh invites him to the party and decides to send a mass invite to every Boov on Earth. However, the “send all” button he pressed actually sends the invite to absolutely every alien race in the entire galaxy including the Gorg. Everyone, aggravated with Oh for revealing their location to the enemy, starts chasing him down. Oh runs into a convenience store to hide just as Tip and Pig enter the same store to grab supplies. They come across each other, and after Tip’s car fails to start, Oh transforms it into a fantastical, hovering craft that literally runs on slushies and names it Slushious. Oh hitches a ride with Tip when he promises to help her find Lucy, but unfortunately, they must to go to the Boov Command Center in Paris and locate her from there.

After reaching the Boov Command Center, which is in the now-floating Eiffel Tower, Oh manages to get into his account, and deletes the message just seconds before it reaches the Gorg. He then plugs in Tip’s brain to help her find Lucy. They eventually trace her location to Australia, where she is also looking for her daughter. The other Boov then find the two and try to “erase” Oh, while Tip grabs the gravity manipulation system and flips it over, causing the whole Tower to tilt upside down.

As Oh and Tip head off to Australia, they see other Boov riding by them in fear, and realize that a Gorg ship is close behind them. Tip and Oh manage to knock it down, but in the process a chunk of it hits them and they lose their slushie fuel. They come across the fallen Gorg ship and find out that it is actually a drone. Oh recovers a special chip and uses it to get their car up and running.

Tip and Oh make it to Australia and see the Boov evacuating to their mothership. When they land the car, Tip starts to run for her mother, but Oh insists on evacuating with the other Boov instead. Oh declares that Lucy is in one of the ships, but Tip knows he’s lying. Tip thought that Oh would help find Lucy, but hurt her feelings for lying to her. Tip gets angry at him for trying to break the promise, and she declares that they were never friends. Heartbroken, Oh returns to the ship. The Gorg mothership comes close to the Boov ship, but Oh pulls out the Gorg chip and uses it to fly the ship further away from the Gorg. The Boov become astonished at Oh’s plan. Smek becomes upset and reminds everyone that he is the captain. Kyle grabs Smek’s “shusher” (a scepter with a rock on top of it) and gives it to Oh, declaring him the new captain.

Tip rushes aimlessly around the city to find Lucy, but no one can help her. Oh returns to her side and helps her track down Lucy. The mother and daughter finally reunite and thank Oh. The Gorg mothership descends upon the planet, and Oh realizes that they want the rock on the shusher, since Smek had previously stolen it from them. Oh runs to the ship to try and get its attention, locking Tip and Lucy in the car for safety. Tip breaks out of the car and shines a light in the Gorg Commander’s face to bring his attention to Oh as he holds the rock up. The Gorg Commander (Brian Stepanek) halts the ship as it crunches down on the ground, with Oh in its path. Tip rushes to rescue him, but Oh gets seemingly crushed beneath the machine. It backs up and Oh is revealed to be unharmed. The Gorg Commander emerges from his armor to show that he is actually a harmless starfish-like creature. Oh returns the rock to him, which turns out to contain millions of developing Gorg larvae; the next generation of Gorg, revealing that this Gorg is the last of his kind. He thanks Oh and eventually departs.

Two weeks later, the humans have returned to their original homes, and Oh finally gets to have his party at his apartment, with humans and Boov in attendance. Tip plays her music and gets the rest of the Boov to experience dancing for the first time, while other Boov, including a reformed Smek, party on the moon, and thousands of ships from other planets, including the Gorg, head to Earth for Oh’s party upon receiving his invite.

REVIEW:

We’ve been subject to lots of cute animals and strong female protagonists as of late. When was the last time we saw an alien invasion flick? Home appears to fill that void, but the question is would this have worked better with as an animals take over the humans story?

What is this about?

An outcast alien named Oh befriends a little human girl and helps her find her mother while his hive-minded people invade the planet and take over.

What did I like?

Natural Bang. Jim Parsons has made quite the name for himself playing Sheldon Cooper every week on The Big Bang Theory. He’s been that character so long and does it so well, people have wondered if he will be typecast going forward. I don’t know if he will, but this character of Oh is a bit of a departure for him. Unlike Sheldon, he embraces people (even if they don’t want to embrace him back) and doesn’t have the mind of a brilliant physicist. I was impressed with how well Parsons just seemed to settle into this character. The man is a natural with his comic timing and made a character, who could have been annoying, relatable.

Chemistry. If I were to tell you Jim Parsons and Rihanna had great chemistry together, what would you think? I don’t exactly picture them hanging out or anything, so it comes as a surprise that they gelled so well. Rihanna plays a little human girl who managed to escape the Boov takeover. She comes across the fugitive Oh and they strike up a friendship as they try to escape and find her mother. I couldn’t help but smile at the growing camaraderie between them.

Pretty colors. An alien trait all the Boov posses is they change colors as their moods change. I can just imagine how little kids were eating this up, especially since I was entertained by the trip through the color spectrum. Whoever decided to come up with that little detail, which I would wager was said just as a side though, had a great idea!

What didn’t I like?

Trailer park. I have an issue with the trailer for this film. It gave away almost all of the good parts! Like more and more trailers these days, the funnies, most exciting, etc. parts were given away in the trailer and when one actually watches the picture, you realize you’ve watched it all and are bored the rest of the time. Now, it wasn’t that extreme this time around, but there wasn’t anything left to “surprise” me with, following what I saw in the trailer. It just shouldn’t be that way!

Inconsistent. As a kid’s film, I expect a certain tone to be maintained, and for the most part it was. That is until we get to the last act. What had been a fun, road trip adventure, suddenly becomes a serious, tear-jerker, and then it just goes off the rails with about 5-10 minutes of film that seemed added on. Understanding that it tied everything up, I still don’t think it was necessary. As far as the tone goes, this film works best when it is being a comedy, and is should stay that way.

Music excuse. Animated movies these seem to make any excuse to insert a dance scene if they can. This is one of the few that actually is creative with it, mostly because of the aliens. However, I am still not a fan of using these songs just to tie in some pop culture, as that seems to be the bigger reason for using them. Also, with Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez in the cast, do we have to have them on the soundtrack? Both ladies are talented, don’t get me wrong, but can’t they just act for once, and not sing?

So, what is my final verdict on Home? It is a very entertaining picture. The characters are well-thought out and designed, the story is something a bit different, and the bright colors will keep kids interested, even if they don’t know what is going on. Do I recommend it? Yes, very much so! It isn’t a must-see, but it is a worth-see.

4 out of 5 stars

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