DreamWorks’ animated family sci-fi about the Boov, a group of passive aliens who follow their self-indulgent leader (voiced by Steve Martin) to planet Earth in the hope of finding refuge. Directed by DreamWorks veteran Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Antz) and featuring the voices of Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons.

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The short animated film Almost Home was used as a sort-of prequel trailer for this DreamWorks Animated feature. With Steve Martin voicing the leader/dictator/head jerk of a race of dumpy purple aliens called The Boov, the short was pretty darn funny with snappy, slapstick humour that could have come straight from the Looney Tunes vault. You can’t help but feel bummed that the full movie – with its insistence on tired toilet humour, forced dancing and crowbarred-in pop songs – rolled downhill into the DreamWorks dump of forgettable family-friendly films (right next to Bee Movie and Shark Tale).... More

It’s frustrating, given the strength of its two lead individual characters. Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) is pitch perfect as Oh, a well-meaning but socially naïve Boov who just wants a friend. Rihanna also continues her not-that-bad acting streak as the voice of Tip, a Barbados girl who’s confident, mellow and charismatic – qualities that are rarely seen in animated child characters outside Studio Ghibli.

Unfortunately, when the film places these two together, which is very often, it cares more about making them seem hip (“move your Boov thang!”) than making us care about their friendship. They don’t share the witty banter of Shrek and Donkey, the camaraderie of Kung Fu Panda’s furious five, or the affectionate bond of Hiccup and Toothless. They do share a selfie, however.

Aside from a rather cool topsy-turvy action scene, Home does very little to be interesting or original. It’s like a cardboard box: it may entertain your kids for over an hour but it’s still a simple, hollow shell of a thing that could easily be mistaken for other cardboard boxes.Hide

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BY rosiew superstar

Another nice film for the family. A little bit of humour, a little bit of cuteness etc. the regular concoction for a dreamworks animation that mixes well every time. Fours stars in its genre. If you want a light hearted family film, then this is for you.

BY Gaspardation superstar

I can't help but thinking about the big bang theory...

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40% of critics recommend.
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  • Unimaginative and downright predictable by grownup standards, but bursting with elements sure to appeal to younger auds. Full Review

  • The Boov are merely Minions of a different hue. Full Review

  • Original and fresh, with an easy to understand narrative that finds its endearing protagonist Oh on a journey that takes him from zero to hero. Full Review

  • The story has a pleasant warmth to it - together with a vague message about individuality and tolerance - and Parsons does a terrific job bringing the charmingly open-hearted Oh to life. Full Review

  • Inoffensive but flavourless, and crammed with familiar elements from better movies like Lilo and Stitch, Toy Story and Despicable Me. Full Review

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