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Home is a 2015 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Loosely based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, the film was directed by Tim Johnson, from a screenplay by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember, and stars the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and Matt Jones. The story takes place on near-future planet Earth, where an alien race called Boov are invading the planet and capturing the humans. However, a feisty human girl named Gratuity "Tip" Tucci and her fat cat named "Pig" manage to avoid capture, and goes on the run with Oh, a fugitive Boov and together, the three form an unlikely friendship while searching for Tip's mother and avoiding being captured by the Boov.

The film premiered at the Boulder International Film Festival on March 7, 2015, and was released in theaters on March 27, 2015. Home was promoted with the release of a four-minute short film titled Almost Home, which was shown in theaters before DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Blue Sky Studios' Rio 2 in 2014. Rihanna created a concept album of the same name. The soundtrack also includes guest vocals from Jennifer Lopez, among others, and was supported by two singles, "Towards the Sun" and "Feel the Light".

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A cowardly alien race known as the Boov finds near-future Earth a suitable place to call "home". Led by Captain Smek (Steve Martin), they commence their "friendly" invasion of the planet, relocating the humans, whom the Boov deem as simple and backwards, to remote parts of the planet while the Boov inhabit their homes in a quick and bloodless conquest. One of the Boov, named Oh (Jim Parsons), is a more excitable, freethinking member of the species, who decides to invite the Boov to his apartment for a housewarming party, despite the race's antipathy towards him. Not far from Oh is a 14-year-old girl named Gratuity "Tip" Tucci (Rihanna), who drives away through her home city to find her mother Lucy Tucci (Jennifer Lopez) after being separated from her during the invasion, leaving her with only her Japanese Bobtail, Pig and fueling her with hatred for the Boov.

Oh runs into the street to meet up with a grumpy Boov cop named Kyle (Matt Jones), who, like the rest of the Boov, doesn't want to befriend him. Oh invites him to the party and mistakenly sends a mass invitation to every Boov on Earth. However, the "send all" button he pressed actually sends the invitation to every alien race in the entire galaxy, including the Boov's enemy, the so-called planet-destroying Gorg (Brian Stepanek), whom the Boov have been running from since a failed peace treaty between the Gorg and Captain Smek resulted in Smek running away with “The Shusher” (a possession of the Gorg's), which is used as a means to showcase leadership amongst the Boov. Everyone, aggravated with Oh for compromising their new home to their enemy, starts chasing him down. Oh runs into a convenience store to hide just as Tip and Pig enter the same store to grab supplies with their car being broken. They come across each other in a hostile manner. She locks Oh in a freezer and he suggests that he will fix her car if she lets him out. Oh transforms it into a fantastical, hovering craft named Slushious to continue transportation. Oh hitches a ride with Tip when he promises to help her find Lucy, but unfortunately, they must go to the Boov Command Center in Paris and locate her from there. However, Oh secretly plans on abandoning Tip to take himself to Antarctica, the only place on Earth un-infested with Boov, although he fails in doing so after Kyle attempts to gain his personal password so the Boov can hack into Oh's account and cancel the invite.

They reach Paris and it is crawling with Boovs. They make it to the Boov Command Centre and cancel the invite. Everyone starts to celebrate the victory. They both stay back to search for Tip's mom. They find that she is currently in Australia where the latter herself is trying her best to find Tip. While coming out they are cornered by Captain Smek and many more Boov at the Great Antenna aka Eiffel Tower. Just when Oh is about to be erased, Tip messes with what she calls "Gravity Thingy" to turn the Eiffel Tower upside down and they manage to escape. Oh confides in her that he does not wish to be erased and she tells him that no one is perfect. Oh realises his mistakes and tries to make it right by confessing that he is sorry for everything and that Captain Smek, in his words, "is the wrongest". With this he earns her trust and she finally let's him drive her car.

Tip and Oh make it to Australia and see the Boov evacuating to their mothership. When they land the car, Tip immediately starts looking for her mother, but Oh insists they both should be evacuating with the other Boov instead. Angered at Oh for attempting to break his promise again, Tip declares that he wasn't truly her friend in the first place and abandons a depressed Oh, who retreats to the ship. The Gorg mothership comes close to the Boov ship, but Oh pulls out the Gorg chip and uses it to fly the ship further away from the Gorg. The Boov become astonished at Oh's bravery, but Smek becomes upset and reminds everyone that he is the captain. However, Oh stands up to Smek, telling him that he's a terrible captain, and tells the Boov about what he learned from Tip about humans caring for other people while the Boov do not. Saddened by this revelation at first, the Boov then mutiny against Smek and Kyle grabs Smek's "Shusher", handing it over to Oh and declares him their new captain, although Oh is ultimately depressed and unsatisfied that he left Tip behind on Earth.

Tip rushes aimlessly around the city to find Lucy but in vain. She fruitlessly tries to show everyone the picture of Lucy on her phone, but no one can help her before the phone's battery dies and Tip is now tearful, so she gives up and sits in the empty Ask A Boov booth and bursts in tears. Oh returns to her side and helps her track down Lucy. The mother and daughter finally reunite and thank Oh. Suddenly, the Gorg mothership descends upon the planet, and Oh realizes that they want the rock on the Shusher. Oh runs to the ship to try to attract its attention, locking Tip and Lucy in the car and sending them high up in the sky for safety. Tip breaks out of the car and shines a light in the Gorg Commander's face to bring his attention to Oh as he holds the rock up. The Gorg Commander halts the ship as it crunches down on the ground, with Oh directly in its path. Tip rushes to rescue him, but Oh is seemingly crushed beneath the ship until it backs up and reveals him uninjured.

The Gorg Commander emerges from his armor to show that he is actually a harmless starfish-like creature. Oh returns the rock to him and has a conversation with him in an alien language. He thanks Oh and departs. Tip and Lucy confused ask him about what happened. Oh reveals that Gorg was not here because of his invitation to his housewarming, which Gorg would have been happy to attend. Gorg was here because of the rock which turns out to be an egg for millions of developing Gorg larvae, the next generation of Gorg, revealing that the Gorg Commander is a father had been the last of his kind, alone and almost extinct, hence why he pursued the Boov so fervently.

Two weeks later, the humans have returned to their original homes with Boovs and humans living together. Oh finally gets to have his party at Tip's apartment (it indicates that Lucy, Tip, Oh and Pig are living together) with both humans and Boov in attendance. Tip plays her music and gets the rest of the Boov to experience dancing for the first time, while other Boov, including a reformed Smek, party on the moon, and several ships from other planets, including the Gorg and his babies, head to Earth for Oh's party upon receiving his invitation.

In the end credits, pictures of Tip and Oh are shown of them having fun living together.

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