Opening in Hollywood this week:
“Chappie” — An experimental humanoid robot capable of thinking and feeling is kidnapped by street thugs. With Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Jose Pablo Cantillo. Rated R.
A family guide to new movie releases:
Rating: PG for mild action and some rude humor
In “Home,” the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh (“The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons) simply because that’s the resigned reaction everyone has when he’s around. “Oh,” his brethren say with deep indifference at his desperate, over-the-top attempts to fit in and make friends. It’s meant to turn into something positive by the end of the film. Unfortunately, “oh” is also the experience of watching “Home,” an earnest exercise that falls flat, despite the best of intentions.
The film, adapted from Adam Rex’s beloved kids book “The True Meaning of Smekday,” tells the story of an isolated alien race — the Boov — who are consistently staging elaborate (albeit friendly) takeovers on planets throughout the galaxy as they run from an intergalactic enemy. Led by the cowardly, arrogant Captain Smek (Steve Martin), the Boov are six-legged creatures with wide-set eyes and pig tail ears who change skin colors with their moods and speak in a bizarre, jumbled, contraction-free version of English.