Release Date: March 27th 2015
Director: Tim Johnson
Screenplay: Based upon the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Producers: Mireille Soria, Suzanne Buirgy, Christopher Jenkins
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez
When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.
My family and I enjoyed DreamWorks’s latest animated flick ‘Home.’ The story follows the adventures of two unlikely friends, an Earthling girl ‘Tip’ (voiced by Rihanna) and an alien, ‘Oh’ (voiced by Jim Parsons) whose race has taken over Earth and moved all humans to Australia. Both characters feel as if they don’t belong in their respective worlds. As Oh laments, ‘I don’t fit in; I fit out.’ However, as the film progressed, he realizes it’s better to be your own person, err, alien, than follow the crowd. This is a strong message for every one whom has felt weird, odd, or just wanted to belong!
The film is fun for all ages. Kids will love the visual effects and gross humor such as Oh drinking toilet water, believing it’s lemonade! The soundtrack is a treat, as it features music by Rihanna and Charli XCX. Like Oh, you will wave your hands in the air like you do not care. Besides being entertained, the audience will also learn a thing or two. References to math, geography, art, and technology are sprinkled throughout the film. I especially enjoyed the techie storyline about evites, reply all, and password authentication. I lost it when one of the character deadpans, “The internet doesn’t lie.” (Yes, I am a nerd!)
As I watched the film, a bit of nostalgia set in as I was reminded of Steven Spielberg’s film, ‘E.T.’ A different time, but the relationship between alien and child is one of hope and friendship, timeless themes.
Here is the book the movie is based on: