(2014) (Astro, Teo Halm) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi: A trio of boys follow a signal to the desert where they find an extraterrestrial they try to help get back to his home planet.
- Alex (TEO HALM), Tuck (ASTRO) and Munch (REESE C. HARTWIG) are three boys who are best friends in their Nevada subdivision. They're still at that awkward stage where they don't know how to behave around girls, which is why Tuck lies to his friends that he's previously kissed Emma (ELLA WAHLESTEDT), a classmate of theirs. Their lives are about to be upended, however, due to a freeway that's planned to run through their neighborhood, resulting in their families moving away and the boys being split up.
The week that's going to happen, all of their phones go crazy and feature odd designs on the screens, something they eventually diagnose as a map of some sort leading out to the desert. On their last night together, they plot to ride out there and find what it is, only to discover a small, foreign object partially buried in the sand.
They soon learn that it contains a small extraterrestrial that they deduce crash-landed there and is trying to get back to its ship. Eventually joined by Emma, they attempt to help the alien -- that they've nicknamed Echo -- do just that, but must contend with a group of adults, led by Dr. Lawrence Masden (JASON GRAY-STANFORD), who have other plans for the visitor and his yet to be found spaceship.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into adventurous sci-fi flicks, especially those featuring kids, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some action and peril, and mild language.
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