What Is the Movie "Aliens in the Attic" About?

by Robert Godard
The Pearsons are a large but relatively cohesive family.

The Pearsons are a large but relatively cohesive family.

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"Aliens in the Attic" is a movie released in 2009 by 20th Century Fox. Directed by John Schultz, it stars Carter Jenkins, Ashley Tisdale, Robert Hoffman, Henri Young, Regan Young and Austin Butler. The film focuses on the Pearsons as the family defends its summer home from an alien invasion.

The Pearsons

Stuart and Nina Pearson head a family that consists of Hannah, 7; Tom, 15; his older sister Bethany, and her boyfriend Ricky. Uncle Nate and his son Jake join the Pearsons; so do Nana Rose and identical twins Art and Lee. Though the family has some problems and the siblings do not always get along, they come together and work as a family when they are attacked.

The Aliens

The Pearsons are attacked by the Zirkonians, an advanced alien race. The Zirkonians' technology includes a mind controller. By nature these aliens are fierce, though they can be fairly dimwitted at times and bicker amongst one another. The Pearsons are aided by Sparks, a mild-mannered Zirkonian who is unlike his brethren and is kind to children he meets.


The Pearsons decide to go on vacation, so they leave Michigan to go to their vacation home in the middle of nowhere. While they are there, the Zirkonians come to Earth via a meteor shower. The aliens use their mind-control device to control the Pearsons, but the children notice that it only works on grown-ups. Seeing their opportunity, the kids band together to take on the aliens and save their parents.


The film received primarily negative reviews; critics saw it as harmless but pointless. "Aliens in the Attic" was also criticized as unoriginal and an attempt to please the crowd rather than make a good movie. In its opening weekend it took in $8 million and was No. 5 at the box office.

About the Author

Robert Godard began writing in 2007 for various creative blogs and academic publications. He has been featured on multiple film blogs and has worked in the film industry. He attended Baltimore College, earning his B.A. in history.

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