"Tedious, unimaginative and downright ridiculous."
Due to rapid technological advancements in the areas of animation, special effects, computer games, virtual reality and the Internet, those designing children's entertainment have had to devise increasingly ingenious methods of attracting attention. This new Australian film has obviously missed the boat on that. Tedious, unimaginative and downright ridiculous, it lacks any semblance of humour or playfulness.Sally Marshall (Vansier), is the new kid in town and supposedly a modern day "Pippi Longstocking". Actually she is not remotely different aside from a bad vitamin C habit and a tendency to hang upside down on play equipment - way to be outrageous! When the school bully Rhonnie (Gumbert, in the films only passable performance) accuses Sally of being an alien, it's up to Pip (Neville) to prove her wrong.
Amanda McKay's script, based on her book of the same name demonstrates a complete lack of connection with her subject, young children. Here they are static and boring - most likely because they have to amuse themselves during their summer in Adelaide, where this film was shot.Director Andreacchio (The Real Macaw) obviously believes children's films require a very clear message. Here the value of true friendship is drilled home in a tiresome fashion. ---Ronny Frost