Brave New Jersey, available today On Demand, as well as in select theaters


Are you familiar with the H. G. Wells novel, War of the Worlds? The book has been made into a few movies, most notable is the 2005 version staring Tom Cruise.

Back in the day – long before cellphones and the Internet – people were entertained by the radio. Stations would have shows and even read books on the air.

Back in 1938 the legendary Orson Welles read World of the Worlds on air. This is the basis of the film Brave New Jersey. The film is available today On Demand and in select theaters across the country.

When that infamous re-telling of H.G. Well’s story aired on the radio, some people missed the beginning which let people know it was Welles reading from the book. Not knowing it wasn’t really happening, many people thought our country was actually being invaded by aliens. That is what happened to the people of Lullaby, New Jersey, the fictitious town in Brave New Jersey.

Lullaby, New Jersey is an idyllic town. The film is based back in 1938, when Welles’ read War of the World.

Lullaby is filled with interesting characters. Viewers meet the Mayor of Lullaby, who has a crush on a friend’s wife. We also meet Reverend Rogers who is doubting his faith. And we also meet Peg, an engaged school teacher who has some doubts about her relationship.

Upon hearing on the radio of an alien invasion (not knowing it’s not real), the people of Lullaby think that the world as they know it is coming to a screeching halt. They assume that they have very little time left before the aliens invade their town.

If you thought you had only hours left to live, what would YOU do? That is what the residents of Lullaby were thinking about. Since they might not live to see tomorrow, they give up on their inhibitions and get “brave,” which enables to say and do things they wouldn’t normally have done. The Mayor professes his love, Peg breaks up with her fiance, and the Reverend has a renewed sense of faith. In fact, just about ever resident in Lullaby is moved by the pending invasion and do things they wouldn’t have normally done.

Is this the end of Lullaby? Are the residents going to let the aliens destroy them? NO! In an interesting change of pace, the residents decide that they are going to fight against the aliens and protect the town they call home.

Since there isn’t a real invasion, who exactly will they be fighting against? To find out you need to go see Brave New Jersey (or view it On Demand).

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It was more entertaining then I thought it was going to be. Sure, it was silly – but silly in a good way.

First and foremost I love the period look and feel of the film. From the automobiles to the clothing, and from the homes to hairstyles, it all had the look and feel of early 20th century.

I’m surprised they didn’t do this film in black and white. I rather have color in my films, but due to the fact this film is based back in 1938, black and white would have added to the film.

All of the characters in the film were not only likable, but “real” and relatable too. Nothing seemed too far fetched or unbelievable. This mass hysteria actually DID happen when War of the Worlds was read on the radio.

The film was a bit predictable at times, but that is OK. Most films are, especially if you already know the film’s plot/synopsis.

I honestly don’t know what the rating is for this film, but I would say it is probably PG (or PG-13). I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I would have watched it with my kids (they were not home when my husband and I watched the film). My husband enjoyed the film, and he’s not easy to impress.

This film will never win an Academy Award, but, it is an entertaining and enjoyable film that would work out just fine for Family Movie Night or Movie Night with your significant other. It’s not side-slipping funny, but it will make you laugh and feel good. I call that a success.

The film is available On Demand and at select theaters across the country.

The film does not have a website (I don’t find one for it), but you can follow the film on Facebook (@BraveNewJersey), Twitter (@BraveNewJersey) and Instagram (@BraveNewJersey).

If YOU thought aliens were invading and that you only had hours left to live, what would YOU do?

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.