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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Jessica Tandy
Hume Cronyn
Frank McRae
Elizabeth Pena
Directors
Matthew Robbins
Screenwriters
Mick Garris
Brad Bird
Matthew Robbins
Brent Maddock
SS Wilson
Running Time
106 minutes

Batteries Not Included
It's extraterrestrial life, Jim, but not as we know it.


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Plot
A run-down neighborhood is being bulldozed by property developers but one block of tenants would rather stay put. When the developers bring in some heavy persuading tactics, the tenants (led by the ageing Rileys, played by Cronyn and Tandy) are thrown a lifeline by tiny extraterrestrial visitors.


Verdict
A quaint and miraculous tale that hits most of its notes and keeps alive the charm of Close Encounters, Gremlins and, of course, ET.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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