A group of bumbling but bloodthirsty aliens dip their reptilian toes into the Earth-conquering business when they land in a sleepy Michigan town and take on a vacationing family.
It’s down to nerdy son Tom (Carter Jenkins) and his potato-gunwielding cousins to thwart the rather meagre extra-terrestrial menace.
Marred by cheapjack CGI and poor character design (the squishy-faced critters look like they came out of a cereal packet, not outer space), this very kid-centric caper is numbingly mediocre, listlessly pitting its mind-controlling antagonists against humans who are nearly braindead anyway.
Save for a martial arts sequence involving granny Doris Roberts and a highly amusing turn from Kevin Nealon (TV’s Weeds) as the befuddled, nonsequitur- spewing dad, there’s really nothing new here.
Younger kids will chortle over the low-brow gags, but High School Musical worshippers will be miffed to find that Ashley Tisdale’s role is minimal.
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