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Film / Aliens in the Attic

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Aliens in the Attic is a basic "kids save the planet from invasion" movie. The story follows the five Pearson children trying to stop four surprisingly outmatched aliens from taking over the planet. The mind control plugs that are to be the aliens' only weapons don't work on anyone under 18, so they have to defeat an alien invasion without involving their parents or the authorities.

This movie exhibits the following tropes:

  • Adults Are Useless: Hand Waved to an annoying extent. They don't even bother trying to get adult help. Though it's justified, if adults tried to help out, they're liable to being turned by the mind control plug.
  • Alien Invasion
  • Alpha Bitch: Both Bethany and Razer both fall into this category at times. Subverted by Bethany towards the climax of the film however.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The mind control plugs. Also, the molecular expander machine that the aliens came here to get.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The alien's master plan is to dig up a device that makes them two stories tall.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Tazer and Razor.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Tom, Jake, Art, and Lee are all pretty protective of Hannah.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Tom.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ricky. (Not that he doesn't deserve every second of it.)
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  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Only applies to Tom, who gets in trouble for everything everyone else does.
    Mr. Pearson: (to the Sheriff) Look, the kids made a big mistake, and I assure you Tom will be punished.
  • Cassandra Truth: Hannah tells the adults about the aliens right away, but they don't believe her.
  • Competence Zone: The alien Mind-Control Device only works on adults (with an arbitrary cut-off apparently around 18), so it's not even worth telling them anything.
  • Defcon Five: Averted.
  • Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: Six kids and one turncoat is all it takes.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Barring the opening and ending scenes, the entire movie takes place over a single day.
  • Fanservice: Ashley Tisdale wears a bikini twice in this relatively short movie.
  • Groin Attack: Ricky suffers three of these, the last of which he was forced to inflict upon himself.
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  • Hate Sink: Ricky is a Jerkass college student who dates a teenage girl four years younger than him, bullies her family, and breaks up with her for petty reasons. Needless to say, his Butt-Monkey status is entirely deserved.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: The kids manage to use a mind controlled adult against the invaders because the Mind Control remotes work like game controllers.
  • Jerkass: Ricky, even worse when considering he's actually a college student trying to take advantage of a high schooler.
  • Mind-Control Device: Pretty much the only weapon the aliens have. And it uses a video game controller!
  • Not Now, Kiddo: The youngest girl does actually tell the parents, but they assume she's just playing. She also calls the police, which results in the sheriff showing up to berate them for making prank calls.
  • Pac Man Fever: The kids get affected with a grenade that makes them all float and one of the smallest ones says: "It's zero gravity! Just like in Halo!" What? Critical Research Failure doesn't begin to describe that.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: It's okay for the main characters to completely humiliate the admittedly Jerkass boyfriend because hey, it's fine if the good guys do it.
  • Puny Earthlings: Inverted: The aliens are barely over a foot tall and only one shows above human intelligence. This doesn't stop them from referring to the humans as such, though.
    • Played straight when Skip and Tazer use the molecule expander.
  • Rule of Cool: Nana versus Ricky: An eighty-year-old woman and the older sister's Jerkass boyfriend have a Matrix style battle while under the influence of mind control plugs. The pinnacle of this sequence: Nana - AKA Raymond's Mom - beaning Ricky with an honest-to-God Shoryuken.
  • Separated from the Adults: Enforced by the above mentioned mind control device's odd inability to affect children and teens.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Hannah often gives these, such as insisting that the contents of a metal box are "definitely not an alien", but justified as she's only six.
  • Swallow the Key: Skip makes a mind-controlled Ricky do this for good measure after locking the basement door to keep the Petersons kids from interfering in their plans.
  • Token Good Teammate: Sparks.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The parents and sheriff. *monumental bizarre explosion in the sky* "Ooh, what a pretty meteor shower!"
  • Two Girls to a Team: Bethany and Hannah are the only girls in the main cast.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Tazer and Razor.


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