Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out has a long name and a lot of heart

Jacob Buster and Emma Tremblay in Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out. | Image: Sundance Institute It’s pretty easy to look at a film title like Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out — which, from now on, I’m just calling Aliens Abducted My Parents — and roll your eyes. It’s just so goofy. (And admittedly makes it really hard to write a headline for.) But it’s also incredibly fitting and does a great job of selling what this movie is all about. Director Jake Van Wagoner’s Aliens Abducted My Parents, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is a lighthearted mashup of a family-friendly caper and coming-of-age tale, one that does just enough weird sci-fi stuff to help it get away with an otherwise formulaic story. Ten years ago, a young Calvin (Jacob Buster) was waiting on his roof with his dad (Will... Continue reading…

Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out has a long name and a lot of heart
A still photo of Jacob Buster and Emma Tremblay in the sci-fi film Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out.
Jacob Buster and Emma Tremblay in Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out. | Image: Sundance Institute

It’s pretty easy to look at a film title like Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out — which, from now on, I’m just calling Aliens Abducted My Parents — and roll your eyes. It’s just so goofy. (And admittedly makes it really hard to write a headline for.) But it’s also incredibly fitting and does a great job of selling what this movie is all about. Director Jake Van Wagoner’s Aliens Abducted My Parents, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is a lighthearted mashup of a family-friendly caper and coming-of-age tale, one that does just enough weird sci-fi stuff to help it get away with an otherwise formulaic story.

Ten years ago, a young Calvin (Jacob Buster) was waiting on his roof with his dad (Will...

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