Rating: PG, for some action and peril, and mild language.
This is essentially a remake of E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial for the mobile phone age. Three lifelong friends (Brian “Astro” Bradley, Teo Halm and Reese Hartwig) suddenly start receiving strange, encrypted messages on their cell phones. Upon heading out to the desert to investigate their origin, they find the signals are coming from an adorable alien with big, blue eyes who’s been stranded on our planet. The trio teams up with a female friend (Ella Wahlestedt) to help this cute creature phone home. Some slightly violent stuff befalls the alien, but
nothing terrible happens to the kids beyond the threat of slight danger. They lie to their parents, attend a high school party and talk about “hot” girls. Overall, Earth to Echo is pretty tame for all ages.