Directors: Jorge Blanco
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman
Like most kid flicks, “Planet 51” is aware that it must entertain the little ones and please their rides to the theater. It takes this mission seriously, cramming adult winks and parent-approved morals into the story: It’s OK to be different, don’t fear the unknown, the burnout in the VW bus doesn’t score the girl, and neither does the nerd who works at the comic book store (get a job with benefits, kiddos).
But really, kids will find out soon enough that humans are an opportunistic, exploitative species. And adults don’t need another thinly veiled penis joke. You know what everyone likes? Space robot sidekicks who move their little CGI heads like puppies. Those are awesome.