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Posted: July 16, 2014

"Earth to Echo" (Relativity)

About to be separated by the demolition of their suburban Nevada neighborhood, through which a highway is to be built, a trio of young friends (Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley and Reese Hartwig), bound by their shared status as social outcasts, embarks on a final adventure together. They travel into the desert to locate the source of some mysterious cell phone activity they and others in the doomed community have recently been experiencing. The cause of the disruption turns out to be a small stranded alien whose endearing, petlike personality quickly wins the pals over. They commit themselves to helping him return home, a quest on which they're eventually joined by one of their most popular classmates (Ella Wahlestedt), a seemingly unattainable lass for whom Halm's character carries a secret torch. While its plot is a mash-up of familiar story elements, director Dave Green's gentle film, which employs a found-footage approach to its narrative and conveys positive lessons about loyalty and trust, is not without its rewards, though these are more reliably found in its humorous moments than in its attempts to be touching. Some teen sexual talk and a few crass terms. The CNS classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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