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A group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens.

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Stuart Pearson heads with his family to spend a summer vacation in Creek Landing, Michigan, with his brother Nathan Pearson and his sons and their mother Rose in an old lake house they had rented. When the television has trouble with the image, Stuart's son Tom and the arrogant boyfriend of his sister Ricky Dillman go to the attic and then to the roof, where Tom meets his cousin Jake and they find the antenna dish totally destroyed. Sooner they discover four alien invaders that are preparing an invasion of the Earth that use a mind control weapon that only affects adults and they lock the quartet in the attic. Now they need to a find a way to force the adults to leave the house and discover the vulnerability of the invaders to plot a defense plan to save our planet. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They came from upstairs. See more »


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Rated PG for action violence, some suggestive humor and language | See all certifications »

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31 July 2009 (USA)  »

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They Came from Upstairs  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,323,575 (UK) (14 August 2009)

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$25,200,412 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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At 17:10, Sparks, the first alien Tom and Jake encounter while on top of the roof, tells them "Hello, humans. We come from upstairs." This line was probably intended as a joke, where the word "upstairs" is mistakenly used to mean "space". It is also the likely source of the working title "They Came From Upstairs". See more »

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When Ricky is controlled by the alien remote and is "on pause" in the kitchen, he is wearing a blue, short sleeve, button down (sewn) shirt and short pants as Bethany confronts him from 46:55 to 47:53. Ricky is next seen at 58:51 when, under control of the alien commander, he barges into the Pearsons' barbecue dinner to get Sparks from Hannah's backpack, but he is wearing a long sleeve, collared, gray, knit, pullover shirt with full-length pants. See more »

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Hannah Pearson: Dad's coming and he's mad.
Tom Pearson: With who?
Hannah PearsonStuart Pearson: Tom!
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An entertaining family film
29 August 2009 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I went to see Aliens in the Attic with a bit of distrust,in sight of all the modern family films which are full of special effects,whose screenplays completely lack of any energy or intelligence and whose direction is completely mercenary.However,during the first minutes of Aliens in the Attic,my bad expectations started to disappear because the chemistry between the actors was good and the humor was a bit above the standard of what we are accustomed to see on this kind of film.Besides,during those first minutes,I dared to think that this movie was going to capture the spirit and tone of films like Gremlins,Critters or Small Soldiers,where a group of kids and teenagers also used their intelligence and ability in order to fight against creatures with doubtful intentions.Although Aliens in the Attic did not reach the heights of the previously mentioned movies,I cannot deny it entertained me.

The cast from this film was very well selected.Kevin Nealon and Andy Richter are funny in their roles,while Tim Meadows is credible and very enthusiastic.From the young actors,I think the best one was Robert Hoffman as a teenager who is kidnapped by the aliens.The screenplay from this movie has various fails,like for example,the lack of logic in its premise (if aliens can control people,why did they not start with someone who is powerful,instead of an anonymous family?),but it tells the story at a speed which makes Aliens in the Attic impossible to be boring.However,although it never bores,the film looses some energy near the ending,where director John Schultz generates a forced suspense,at the same time the story brings its obligatory message.

In spite of its various fails,I cannot deny I had a good time watching Aliens in the Attic,so I think this film deserves a recommendation as a good family entertainment.


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