Luis and the Aliens

Out Now On-Demand

Extra terrestrial. Extra trouble.

An 11-year-old boy makes friends with three lovable aliens who crash their ship into his house in this animated adventure comedy. In return for Louis's help using the home-shopping network, they save him from boarding school and head off on an adventure together.

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Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family, World Cinema

86mins

Rating: PG Violence & scary scenes

Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark

Far from out of this world, directors Christoph and Wolfgang Launstein and Sean McCormack keep things mildly diverting for little ones, but bland for anyone old enough to make their own bed. When Nag, Wabo and Mog, a trio of intergalactic shape-shifting beings, crash their spacecraft into his house, 11-year-old Luis lends his new friends a hand, and they in turn help him deal with his overbearing dad.

An uninspired, wannabe comedy-adventure that’s neither very funny nor adventurous and is aimed squarely at younger audiences, there’s little for accompanying adults. Where the likes of Pixar and Disney would have developed a heartfelt tale of a parent and child coming to terms, there’s just a big empty hole in a script about as deep as a puddle of fizzy pop.

The pace between competent action set-pieces lags, but the bright, bold animation is pleasant enough to hold a young un’s attention. With a join-the-dots story and flimsy characterisation, along with a deeply uninspired voice-cast, there are so many great storytelling opportunities and potentially interesting themes raised and then ignored, it has the feel of a movie put together by a committee, determined to reach for mediocrity. A goal they achieve in underwhelmingly unexceptional style.

Hollywood Reporter

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Though peppy and bright enough that it might amuse some kids should it show up on a screen in front of them somewhere, it offers no reason for their adult guardians to actually take them someplace to watch it.

The Guardian

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This really is all influences with nothing added.

The Times (UK)

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Parents will have to be end-of-holidays desperate to take their little darlings to this punishingly uninspired animation.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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While the characters and situations may be a little too predictable and farcical for sustained enjoyable supervised viewing, there's an overall feeling of fun that emanates from the just-right running time.