Movie Night, Kid Pick
Just watched Aliens in the Attic with my two boys, and I must admit to being pleasantly surprised. Particularly since there was a LOT of the much-loved slapstick boy humor. (I’m not the one who loves it, just in case that’s not obvious.) I have to admit though, the movie had two high points for me.
1. The appearance of a rotary phone and the complete and utter bafflement it caused when the kids had to use it (their cell phones weren’t getting a signal). The part where they didn’t know how to dial it was maybe a little far-fetched (or maybe not), but when they dialed 9-1-1, intending to report the alien invasion, and it took an eternity for the dial to make it all the way back around from the nine as they all stood there watching in disbelief…that was pretty funny. I was the only one who laughed out loud at that. And the only one who didn’t laugh when adult diapers were mentioned.
2. The part where the teenager told his dad that he didn’t want to be smart anymore, he wanted to be cool, i.e. he didn’t want to be like HIM. I looked at my eight year old and told him he didn’t have to worry about that because I’m smart and cool. He fired back a one-liner that I didn’t quite catch, so I said, “Did you just say you’re already smart and cool?” And he said, “No, I said I’m already awesome and cool.” Alrighty then. No confidence problem there.
They both want to watch it again. I think I might be sitting out the second time around.