The animated extraterrestrial here isn't too family-friendly ... thanks to writers and co-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, whose edgy satires also include "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz." They play a couple of British visitors to America who cross paths with the title alien (voice of Seth Rogen), an Area 51 refugee who's sort of the otherworldly version of a slacker.
In an obvious twist on Steven Spielberg's "E.T.," the guys try to get their new companion back to a spaceship and on his way home. Additional stars include Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman and Kristen Wiig ("Bridesmaids"). DVD extras: three "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by Pegg, Frost, Hader, director Greg Mottola and producer Nira Park; outtakes; storyboards; photo gallery. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times