Story

Home is a story about aliens called the Boov who invade Earth. Under the leadership of Captain Smek (Steve Martin), the Boov want to make Earth their new home so they can hide from their mortal enemy. They relocate human beings to a desert planet millions of miles away, believing that they’re doing human beings a favour. 

Oh (Jim Parsons) is a small purple alien who doesn’t quite fit in and has been banished from the rest of the Boov. During his solo adventures on Earth, he meets a human girl named Tip (Rihanna), who has evaded the relocation. When they first meet, both Oh and Tip are outsiders. They’re sceptical and distrustful, but each is willing to take a chance on the other. 

Tip wants to find her mother, and Oh offers to help. As time goes by, Oh and Tip realise that they have more in common than they thought. Together, they try to save the world, and eventually they discover a new meaning for ‘home’.

Themes

Adventure and exploration; loss of a parent; friendship, love and relationships; identity and personal growth

Violence

Home has very limited violence, but there are scenes that involve characters being chased and trying to escape. These scenes are tense and dramatic and possibly scary for young children.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5
Some children might be scared by the aliens in Home, although the aliens are quite small and unthreatening and are not presented in a frightening way.

From 5-8
Children in this age group might be concerned about Tip’s feelings of loss when her mother disappears after the Boov relocate all human beings to another planet.

From 8-13
Nothing of concern

Over 13
Nothing of concern

Sexual references

None of concern

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

None of concern

Coarse language

None of concern

Ideas to discuss with your children

Home is an inspiring movie about friendship and the gradual development of trust. It’s about how ‘home’ is the place where you feel you’re loved and cared about, and where you have people you love and care about. 

Home highlights how people can be isolated just because they’re different. But the movie also emphasises that there is strength in difference, and that people who are willing to take a chance can often make change things for the better. The movie shows that even the most unlikely individuals can become close friends.

The movie has some tense and scary scenes involving chase and escape. These scenes might be disturbing for younger children, so we recommend parental guidance for children aged under eight years.

Home raises some interesting issues that you could discuss with your children, such as:

  • the struggles that people face when they’re separated from family, friends or community
  • the self-centredness of humans in thinking that they know what’s best for other species living on Earth (this is how the Boov behave)
  • the dangers of getting what we think we want – for example, the Happy Humans Town that the Boov build for humans is appealing at first, but it isn’t an adequate home.