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10 Kids Who Discovered Horrifying or Adorable Alien Monsters

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We've said it before: Super 8 is this summer's Inception, if only because a lot of its promise lies in the fact that we don't really know how the plot of the movie is going to go. When we realized that we had to make an Inception Power Grid despite having only the faintest idea what the movie was about, we defaulted to listing great thieves, which ultimately didn't have much to do with what actually happened in the movie. We recognize that we may wind up, again, slightly off the mark with this Power Grid, which is dedicated to all the little kids out there that managed to befriend the gamut of alien races and improbably survive because audiences don't much like watching little kids succumbing to the true horrors of alien related deaths in science fiction. No, the tropes at play in these movies are much more about friendship and accepting differences in others... except when they're not, because the whole genre is being deconstructed by Jhonen Vasquez or K.A. Applegate. Or when the movie is just awfully, unforgivably, MST3Kingly bad. But mostly, these extraterrestrially tinged bildungsroman play it straight, giving us some of the biggest tear-jerkers in kids sci-fi. Enjoy!

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