Is it an E.T. rip off? Not quite. It has a similar premise but it isn't quite the same and seems to be more about the kids and their last day together before they have to move out of their neighborhood. To me it feels like a combination of Stand By Me and E.T.
And Echo! So adorable! Poor little bot alien lost on our planet and just wants to get home.
I thought it was a really cute movie for kids, just like E.T. While I thought it was a decent movie I would also say that it wasn't necessary for me to see it in the theater though if the plan is to take the kids than it is a good movie to see.
I'd give it a 3.