What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Earth to Echo is a family-friendly alien adventure that's reminiscent of E.T., The Goonies, and other films featuring preteens who ultimately save the day. There's some mild violence (against the adorable alien), peril, and the threat of violence, but the main characters remain unscathed, and the villains aren't overtly scary. One guy makes a suggestive joke that may go over younger kids' head, and the boys occasionally make comments about "hot" girls (one lies about kissing the most popular girl in the class), but overall there's little romance. The young leads get into some iffy situations (they go to a bar and a high school party, etc.) and lie to their parents, but they're unconditional friends to one another and selflessly commit to helping their extra-terrestrial discovery. Note: The film's found-footage shooting style results in some jumpy, jerky visuals that may be physically difficult for some viewers to sit through.
- Families can talk about how Earth to Echo portrays the use of technology. How are the kids connected to social media and one another? Is this an accurate description of the way kids use technology?
- For those familiar with other alien and adventure movies -- how is this an obvious homage to films like E.T., The Goonies, or even Stand by Me?
- Do you think there are enough live-action movies aimed at preteens? Is the amount of violence and romance appropriate?