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Title: Earth to Echo
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Dave Green
Starring: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig
Runtime: 1 hr 31 mins
What It Is
Being separated from each other thanks to impending construction that’s tearing apart their quiet Southern Nevada neighborhood in the guise of new freeway construction, or so it seems. When the three friends Alex, Tuck, and Munch notice something weird going on with all the cell phones when in the vicinity of Alex’s house. They’ve figured out it's a map that leads to something. What that is will not only change their life but may lead to the last day together that they’ll never forget.
What We Think
This could very well be the modern version of Stand By Me; that being said, it’s hurt by a couple of things. One is Astro. The young man who we previously saw on The X-Factor is not an actor, unfortunately. His lack of nuance kills some scenes as he plods through them. Reese Hartwig, while funny as Munch, is sometimes flat in his delivery one scene, in particular, his line delivery takes me out of a heavy scene. Teo Halm’s turn here is opposite he’s on point as Alex a boy who's been through the system and has abandonment issues, he makes Alex someone we care about, and we can’t wait to see his part in this journey.
Our Grade: B+
For a kid-friendly flick, this is a great coming-of-age film that sees us putting ourselves in our 12, 13-year-old shoes. The acting isn’t all that great, but damn it if the effects on the titular extra-terrestrial are fantastic. Some of the parts within this film seem like stretches, but if you're looking for a good family time at the movies this will do just fine. It has all the elements to make a great summer surprise. It’s a kids film about a small alien who just wants to go home and there are bikes… sound familiar?