After their apartment building is bought by an unscrupulous developer, Frank and Faye Riley (real-life couple Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy) face eviction. But the poor retirees and their neighbors receive help from an unlikely source — a clan of tiny robotic aliens who supply free electricity and harass the developer’s goons. —Flixster
Matthew Robbins (born circa 1945) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is good friends with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo Del Toro and Walter Murch and has had cameo appearances in THX 1138 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Robbins frequently worked with Hal Barwood. He recently wrote the screenplay for the Bollywood thriller 7 Khoon Maaf, along with Vishal Bhardwaj. —Wikipedia
Yes this movie is somewhat cheesy, but god is there heart. What I love about this movie is it's center around an old couple, we don't get enough movies about the elderly. The little saucers are so cute and I think they effects of them flying around still holds up pretty well. I still get sad when McRae has to give up his little friend at the end, but in a good way.
Our personhood is shaped by a collection of so many events but those encounters that occurred during childhood hold a uniquely important place. This funny little film would probably just seem a goofy relic of 80s popular humanism to a viewer today. But to a kid growing up in the Bronx during the eighties, it was unspeakably beautiful and moving. I lived in a building like that and hoped for the same redemption.