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The Standoff (2016)
Very charming if you like teen rom-coms
This definitely looks and feels like something you would see on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon but the quality is slightly better all around, particularly the acting from the two leads. It's more charming than hilarious but I laughed out loud a couple of times. (Even the eye-roll worthy comedy was usually cute.) It's strength is really as a romantic comedy with some fun, quirky side characters. I can see myself watching it again - in fact, I'm almost certain I will, which is probably the most important thing I could say about it. Romantic comedies is probably my favorite genre but I am particular about them and this was one I really liked.
I gave it a 9/10 for that reason, though that's a high rating in terms of absolute quality. It was a subjective rating, which is what I tend to do. I figure when people come on here to read reviews or look at the average user rating, what they're wondering usually isn't, "Is this a good movie?" but "Will I like it?" So a lot of people will probably watch this and say it's not very good, but it matters that there are some people out there like me who will really love it. That's why I gave it a 9 and decided to write a review, especially since there weren't any written already.
Aliens in the Attic (2009)
Not everyone's movie, but a lot of fun if it's your kind
I'm in my twenties, and I loved this film. If you look at the title and the cover and know for certain you won't like it, then you probably won't. But if you think you might, then I'd recommend giving it a try, because I was a little unsure but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The plot is pretty simple: while vacationing in a large rental house over the Fourth of July holiday, the Pearson family is forced to stop an advance team of four aliens from bringing eternal enslavement and/or instantaneous death to the human race. The alien technology allows them to control the adults (leading to a lot of slapstick comedy, some of which will be funny to adults, but all of which the kids will enjoy), so it's up to our hero Tom (17 years old or thereabouts), his siblings and his cousins to stop them.
I thought the acting was quite decent. Carter Jenkins brings a lot of good energy to Tom, who is very likable and sympathetic. All of the kids do a great job, and the voice talents behind the aliens bring a lot of personality to those characters in only a few scenes. Thomas Haden Church as Tazer really stood out to me and J.K. Simmons is always fantastic.
The messages I came out of it with were 1) family is cool, 2) fishing can be just as fun as video games, and 3) being different is OK, and being smart is OK. Ashley Tisdale's Bethany doesn't start out as a particularly sympathetic character, especially when taken with her sleazy boyfriend, but she soon shows herself to be a good role model, demanding that her boyfriend respect her and her family.
I laughed plenty even the jokes which were easy or cheap didn't make me groan or roll my eyes.
I would definitely let my kids watch this movie. Not only do I approve of the general morals espoused by the film, but they'll almost certainly enjoy it. And, except for believing Grandma had gotten into the Pinot Grigio, Miss Tisdale bouncing around in a skimpy bikini, and a scene of Bethany and her boyfriend putting lotion on each other including a reference to "second base", the film is totally clean. And even those things are hardly worth mentioning.
It's not supposed to be smart, it's supposed to be fun. And it's targeted towards kids. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone I know, but I know a couple of people who would definitely enjoy it, so don't discount it so quickly based on other reviews if you think it might be your kind of movie.