This movie was offensive with its messaging. The "alien" just so happens to be Mexican. Ooookkkk. When there are questions about him, the character says, "is it because I'm Mexican?" in several scenes. The response was always, "No, it's because you're from the 5th dimension." The subliminal messaging and gaslighting really rubbed me the wrong way. The messaging is entirely unnecessary in a children's movie, and I am HARDLY the sensitive type.
All in all, it was unnecessary messaging because there was little to no educational or cultural context to the "alien" being from Mexico. This was a missed opportunity to impart some awesomeness about Mexican culture, PLUS why couldn't the kids be Mexican? Why is it a Mexican alien as if Mexicans aren't already thought of as illegal aliens in the US. MAJOR EYE ROLL!
Whoever wrote this needs another career.