WRITTEN BY: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
DIRECTED BY: Tim Johnson
STARRING: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
RATING: 3 stars
Based on Adam Rex's novel, the Boov are an alien species on the run from the villainous Gorg. They take refuge on Earth, forcing the relocation of many humans. Oh (Jim Parsons) is one of the Boov aliens, but soon becomes an outcast after yet another disastrous mistake on his part. Oh forms an unlikely friendship with a girl named Gratuity "Tip" Tucci (Rihanna) who is trying to find her mother after the alien invasion.
The sweet, child-friendly themes of love and family are not explored with much originality in this film, but that doesn't make the message any less poignant. Home has loveable protagonists played by Parsons, who sounds and behaves a lot like his television character Sheldon Cooper, and Rihanna, who gets to keep her Barbados background for the role. Steve Martin also voices the egotistical coward leader of the Boovs and Jennifer Lopez plays Tip's mother. Both are welcome additions. The 3D effects are fantastic for children with bubbles sprouting up everywhere, while Tip's fancy flying car, which is altered by Oh, runs on slushy fuel which should delight young audiences. Despite the short running time of about 94 minutes, Home still could have been trimmed 10 minutes to keep the attention of younger audiences. Nonetheless, the film reminds us that home really is where the heart is.