American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders...like Chuck!
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
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 »
When Tom interrupts Hannah's music-listening to ask her to ride in the middle next time, her headphones were on her head (at around 46 mins). Suddenly (at around 47 mins), her headphones are on her shoulders without showing that she had moved them down to her shoulders. See more »
I confess that I don't understand the negative ratings for this film. Maybe you need to watch this film with your kids to appreciate it. Overall I found this a very enjoyable family film, with good work by some fine comic actors. Doris Neely is very funny. Andy Richter and Tim Meadows also give good comedic performances. And there are some moments of pure physical humor in this film that are genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. Robert Hoffman, as Ricky, gives an amazing physical performance that reminds me of a young Jim Carrey. I am surprised that more attention has not been paid to his movie-stealing performance. There are a handful of moments in this film that had the entire audience laughing uncontrollably. What more can you ask from a comedy? There are the kind of moments where your kids will ask you to rewind and watch it again. Why? You ain't seen nothing until you've seen Funky Ricky.
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