Looking for some family movies to watch this weekend? I have two suggestions for you: HOME starring Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory and BARBIE ROCK ‘N ROYALS. Since the pickings are slim at the movies this weekend, I am suggesting a family movie night in!
Several things are refreshing about Home. First, it isn’t a sequel. Secondly, it has a good script with some really creative touches. The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons steals the show as Oh, an outcast in his alien society of Boovs. Simply for his overenthusiastic search for a friend, his fellow Boov avoid him and moan “Oh” every time he approaches. The Boov invade earth to escape the Gorg, an evil, scary-looking race of aliens who are hot on their trail. Oh finds an unlikely “humans person” friend in the form of Tip, voiced by Rihanna. Oh helps Tip find her mom (Jennifer Lopez) after the Boov relocated all of humankind to colonies in Australia where people can enjoy bounce houses and “bovine secretions” (ice cream). In the course of the journey, Oh gets in touch with his feelings, reflected when he changes colors, and you’ll feel emotion watching him too. As my mom said, “I cried for that blob!”
The science might not make a lot of sense, and Rihanna doesn’t have the flair for acting like Jim Parsons, but this is a family film you’ll really enjoy. I recommend for 6 and up (due to some scary scenes with the Gorg). Available at RedBox, On Demand and Blu-Ray/DVD
BARBIE ROCK ‘N ROYALS
If you have a little princess at home age 5-8, she will probably adore Barbie Rock ‘n Royals, even if grownups might not. Courtney (Barbie) is meant to go to summer Camp Royal to “kick off her glass slippers and have some fun,” but she winds up at the wrong place when she boards the wrong yacht: Camp Pop. Meanwhile, Erica Juno, a pop star, accidentally ends up at Camp Royal. Courtney ends up learning to share her secret love of music with others, while Erica helps the royals to let go of stuffy traditions and have a little fun with music.
The world of Barbie is a little TOO perfect, something that the recent Disney princess have managed to overcome by having foibles that make them “human.” The magic the royals use feels contrived rather than a real part of the story, as in unicorns thrown into the mix because little girls expect them in a princess story. The script is predictable, but the message of friendship is positive. The music is actually pretty good. My gripe: why does EVERYBODY have to be so skinny? Just once I’d like to see a plus-size Barbie…but that is for another movie.
Available on DVD and at Redbox.
What family movies are you watching this weekend with your kids? Share it in the comments section!