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Planet 51 (2009)

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An alien civilization is invaded by Astronaut Chuck Baker, who believes that the planet was uninhabited. Wanted by the military, Baker must get back to his ship before it goes into orbit without him.

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Storyline

Lem is just an average teenager working on getting the girl and furthering his career at the local planetarium - except that he's an alien. At least to U.S. astronaut Captain Charles T. Baker who lands on Lem's planet hoping for a quick flag plant and a hasty return to earth and his millions of screaming fans. But on this alien planet the media has tagged spacemen as brain-eating, zombie-creating monsters, causing Baker to run for his life and into Lem's house. Now it's up to the green native to get the clumsy astronaut back to his spaceship before military dictator General Grawl and mad scientist Professor Kipple manage to exterminate the Earthly visitor. Written by The Massie Twins

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Something strange is coming to their planet...Us! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Planeta 51  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,286,129 (USA) (22 November 2009)

Gross:

$42,086,887 (USA) (7 March 2010)
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The film finished production by June 2009. New Line Cinema had picked up the U.S. distribution rights in November 2007, with plans to release the film in summer 2009. However, New Line Cinema sold the rights to TriStar Pictures through Sony. According to Variety, "Warner decided to let the picture go after the producers insisted on a November release, when Warner is releasing its sixth Harry Potter film." The new distributor moved the U.S. release date to November 2009. See more »

Goofs

(at around 28 mins) When the soldiers remove items from Chuck's spacecraft, one of them drops an iPod, which begins loudly playing music for all to hear. iPods don't have speakers, just a headphone jack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
girl: I've never gone parking before. I'm really not that kind of a girl.
boy: Well, I'm not the kind of a guy who would go with *that* kind of girl.
girl: Why that's so sweet - I think.
boy: There's nothing to be scared of.
[as alien craft rears up in front of them]
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Crazy Credits

There is an additional scene halfway through the end credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
Performed by The Crew Cuts
Courtesy of Island Def Jam
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
Written by Jesse Belvin (as Belvin) / Gaynel Hodge (as Hodge) / Dootsie Williams (as Williams)
© Dootsie Williams Publications
All rights administered by Warner / Chappell Music Publishing Ltd
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Great quality, easy plot, fun... perfect for kids!
27 November 2009 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

First of all, let me say that I'm tired of dumb reviews saying "why do aliens speak English?" or "they fart and burp a lot". Disney's The Princess and the Frog's trailer has about 3 ass related jokes and one burp in less than 45 seconds. Toy Story's characters spoke English and understood humans and nobody wondered why. A house managed to be lifted by balloons in Up with no police radars detecting anything. So, this said: Let's sit down and enjoy a movie and stop looking for silly excuses to criticize it.

I watched Planet51 with my two nephews (8 and 10 years old) and they enjoyed it all the way. The quality is as good as Pixar's or Dreamworks and, yes, it's true the script is somewhat flat and very repetitive, but as the kids said to me "We didn't understand Wall-E's plot and didn't sympathize with any characters in Up, but Planet51 we did." It has some really funny characters (the white camera ala Wall-e and the alien pet), plus it's easy to understand, and despite the lack of chases or explossions it keeps its pace all the time and, as I said before, kids love the characters and understand -and enjoy- the plot.

As Groucho Marx once said: A child of five could understand this. Fetch me a child of five!!!


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