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Monster Trucks looks super cute. It has a little bit of an E.T. feel to it, because one of the stars is a cute creature with whom the main character, played by Lucas Till, interacts.

Till plays a high school senior named Tripp who’s looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into. So he builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Blending cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat “and ultimately touch your heart,” says the official description.

Monster Trucks – A True Family Movie

Monster Trucks seems like a “true” family movie, in that hopefully there won’t be anything too sketchy for kids. And who doesn’t love a lovable sea creature?

And Lucas Till is the epitome of up-and-coming actor. He’s been in all the recent X-Men movies, playing Alex Summers/Havok – including the most recent, X-Men: Apocalypse – and also stars as MacGyver in the upcoming TV reboot.

Till also stars in The Disappointments Room, about a mother and her son who release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home. Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller is the writer on that one, with Kate Beckinsale co-starring. The release date is December 16, 2016.

And Spectrum, a sci-fi flick about a young scientist who’s eager to perfect his own 3D printing technology. He uses his dead billionaire father’s defunct lab and gets to work, but something left over from his dad’s studies of the human soul begins to terrorize his colleagues. That one’s in development and doesn’t have a release date yet.

Monster Trucks is directed by Chris Wedge (the guy behind the Ice Age franchise and scores of other CG movies like Rio, Robots and Epic) and also stars Jane Levy, Holt McCallany, Barry Pepper, Tucker Albrizzi, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Frank  Whaley, and Thomas Lennon.

Monster Trucks hits theaters Jan. 13, 2017. It’s not yet rated, but I’m guessing it’ll be a solid PG.

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