Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town with a most unlikely friend.
I'll admit it right now, my expectations were low. It was one of those parent moments where you think "I'm taking one for the team today". The pickings were slim for a good family film and I just went for it.
I loaded my car with the mob and hit the theater recliners with a tornado of children.
This film is so underrated and is one of the best family films! Let me explain.
Is it one of the best climactic experiences I'll have this year? Probably not.
Is it action-packed with big A-lister stars. Nope, although I still think Rob Lowe has it & Danny Glover is the grandpa you always wanted. *I know Danny, I called you a grandpa. You will always be young at heart.
What was it? It was fun, light, had big 'ol trucks & an alien named Creech.
It is a CLEAN movie that feeds the imagination that something really cool could happen. That maybe one of my boys might find the alien that they can hide from me and feed scraps to in their closet. I mean it worked with ET.
With all films, there was an agenda, environmental awareness and our need for oil at any cost. Personally, I liked it and agree with their take on Big Business. It was done in a fun way & Creech is so cute I want to throw him in my pond & keep him! The mob thought he was so ugly he was cute, wait maybe that was what I thought. Yea, that was me.
It had #thefeels for little girls that wasn't all sexy. I appreciate not having to watch a make-out scene with my 11 year old daughter. #awkward
And let's not forget the freaking Monster Trucks! The mob left talking about every monster truck they had ever seen and comparing what they were going to YouTube when we got home. I even heard "GraveDigger" mentioned.
*I fear that they might take their dirt bikes apart. #dadprobs
It's just fun and right now we all just need good plain fun. No strings attached, just a fun family film that goes good with popcorn and candy.
*The mob consists of 6 kids ranging from 5 to 11 years old. All are wild and at times may be mistaken for feral animals. They do clean up well and even bathe before church. I have considered making them wear signs that say "will work for popcorn" but that would require making sure the signs stayed intact. Too much work.