While it doesn’t exactly follow writer Adam Rex’s much-admired kids book, The True Meaning of Smekday, Home is close enough. Boovs have been running from the Gorg for eons. They hide on this or that planet until found, and then they run again.
Their latest home base is Earth. They turn off gravity and move everyone to camps and take over. The film follows the exploits of the Boov, Oh and his earthling friend Gratuity “Tip” Tucci.
Tip is desperate to find her mom, who has been interred in one of the camps, and he’s on the run from other Boovs because he inadvertently sent an email to the Gorg telling them where the Boovs are now living.
Home is directed by Over the Hedge’s Tim Johnson and is written by Tom Astle and Matt Ember, who were co-writers on Epic. The characters are voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, pop singers Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez and a long-missed Steve Martin.
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The movie features some great new tunes from Rihanna and Lopez.
Two positives. It’s short, sweet and to the point. Johnson’s tight direction moves the film forward at a pace that keeps the target audience — kids — focused and happy. Second, Johnson and his writers reward adults forced to sit through this with some humor aimed specifically at them.
In a year packed with R-rated fare and very little for children, Home is somewhat original, refreshing in spots and is ultimately a fun family film and will send most — if not all — home with a smile.