Come for the Kiddies. Stay for the Douchebag.
What actually makes Aliens in the Attic worth the price of admission is something of a dark horse, that is, actor Robert Hoffman, a classically trained dancer who usually plays the white-bread boy in such dance classics as Step Up 2, You Got Served, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. Here, Hoffman is truly in his element as Bethany's douchebag boyfriend Ricky Dillman, whose body falls under the alien's command and, quite literally, takes on the antics of a remote-controlled marionette. Impressively, Hoffman is what keeps the film's momentum rolling by periodically and enthusiastically tossing himself into a series of self-abusing postures, punches, and pulls. As stupid as all this sounds, in a scene where Nana and Ricky face off in a ninja fighting sequence, the film mines some true comedy gold. Hoffman's slapstick self-abuse only grows more amusing as the story progresses, and he even gets a tacked-on scene before the ending credits roll. If this actor can manage to avoid the Jim Carrey trap of attempting to develop into a dramatic actor, then Hoffman has a rather bright comedy career ahead.
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