The reviews for Home, Dreamsworks' latest offering, have, for the most part, not been kind. The general consensus is that the movie is too light, too fluffy, too immature — basically, too much "for kids." (You know — the demographic it's geared toward.)
When did kids' movies start being held to such rigid standards? Have kids gotten smarter, or are their parents just too unwilling to take them to movies they themselves won't like? Maybe it all started with Toy Story...
As far as kids' movies go, Home is by no means a masterpiece, but it's enjoyable enough. Following Oh the Boov (Jim Parsons) and Tip (Rihanna) as they join forces to try to ward off an evil alien race and find Tip's mother, Home is cute, funny (more so if you're a little kid), and sends a good message about acceptance (and not taking things — like planets — without asking). No, it's probably not a movie adults will love without the company of their kids, but it doesn't need to be. (Then again, who among us can't relate to the tipping point for the action, when Oh accidentally hits the Send All button?)
As far as the voice talent goes, it's definitely a bizarre mix. (I was able to interview Rihanna, Parsons, and Steve Martin, and it struck me how odd they all looked together.) Little kids probably won't think twice about it, though — they won't listen to Oh and think, He's basically just Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. They'll think, He talks funny! and giggle when he puts his arms in the air like he just does not care. And while adults might roll their eyes when Oh eats the "breath mint" at the bottom of a urinal and washes it down with a refreshing glass of "lemonade," I'm sure kids will get a kick out of it.
So now, the million dollar question: Is Home worth a trip to the theater? If you can afford (or are willing to drop) the price of tickets/soda/candy/popcorn, sure. It'd probably make for a fun birthday party outing, if you're up for wrangling 5-10 rugrats.
And if you can't (or really don't want to) make it to the theater? No worries — as a fellow reviewer pointed out, once it comes out on DVD, Home will be a great movie to park your kids in front of for the afternoon while you do your taxes (or whatever it is grown-ups do).