earth to echo review plus an interview with the cast by my kids

My daughters and I were treated to all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for a screening and press junket of the film Earth to Echo. All opinions are our own.

Review of Earth to Echo plus an interview with the cast by my kids

From the producer of Wedding Crashers and Hot Tub Time Machine you wouldn’t necessarily expect a wholesome, whole-family type of film, but that’s exactly what you get with Relativity Media’s upcoming sci-fi flick, Earth to Echo. Producer Andrew Panay along with his co-writer, Henry Gayden, wanted to pay homage to some of their favorite 80’s family flicks like ET, Stand by Me and Goonies, with a 21st century, tech-driven spin, and though it may not reach the pinnacle of success that said 80’s classics reached, Earth to Echo will definitely warm the heart, entertain the young and make oldies like me want to be a kid again.

Earth to Echo is about three young teens whose families are forced to move out of their suburban Nevada neighborhood due to a highway construction project and it takes place on their last night together in the ‘hood. The film touches on friendships, with each other and with their new-found-alien-friend, Echo. It also touches on family dynamics, growing pains, and young love.

With an engaging cast, family-friendly humor, a suspenseful plot line and an adorable robotic, animal/alien who will have the whole audience saying “aaaawwwe” by the end, Earth to Echo is sure to have audiences smiling this summer.

My kids walked out of the theater asking when I could buy it on DVD so they can watch it over and over again.

The day after the film screening, we headed to the press junket at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, and even my kids had the incredible experience of interviewing the celebrities. They had their questions all prepared, got mic’d up and had 5-10 minutes with the actors for a Q & A. I I was quite proud of how they handled themselves under the lights and the pressure of a situation that like that (one that usually gives me the case of the runs).

Here is a cliff notes version of the interview with some before and after footage of the Junior Reporters.

Side note: some of their questions didn’t come out exactly the way they were intended, for example, Lexi had planned to ask Teo Halm (Alex) and Ella Wahlestedt (Emma) if they were really boyfriend/girlfriend in real life. Watch the video to see how the question actually came out:

I’m so proud of Lily and Lexi, and grateful to Relativity Media for giving them an opportunity of a lifetime. Now go see the film (coming out July 2nd) and let us know what you think.

Earth to Echo new kids movie by Relativity Media



Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

Rating: PG

Cast: Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt



  1. 1
    vangie regan says:

    Guess what? I was chewing gum when I turned this segment on. I laughed when you said” get rid of the gum before my mother sees this”
    They were both pretty “cool” when asking their questions and I am proud of them for doing this job.

  2. 2

    Lily and Lexi did an awesome job!

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