Just because it’s loud and dumb doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun.

Board game adaptation Battleship opens wide Friday with a mix of aliens, action and big explosions. Yes, the clichés are all there, but sometimes seeing something we’ve seen a thousand times before isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is a hotheaded young Naval Lieutenant constantly in trouble with his superiors. It just so happens that he’s also in love with the Admiral’s (Liam Neeson) daughter Sam (Brooklyn Decker).

With the Navy’s largest war games looming, Hopper embarrasses himself severely and is informed by his brother (Alexander Skarsgard) that he will be dismissed up the games’ ending.

In the midst of these war games, a quintet of alien ships arrives, responding to a communications pulse sent from Earth. These ships intend to destroy Earth and protect themselves from the main fleet with a massive force field that doesn’t let anybody in or out. Bad news for Hopper, who along with his gunner ‘Weps’ (Rihanna) and Boatswain ‘Ordy’ (Jesse Plemons) is trapped within the force field.

That means it’s up to this young Destroyer crew to take on the aliens without backup and gives Hopper the chance to redeem his rebellious reputation.

This is an action plot we’ve seen countless times before. Bad guy makes good. Bad guy likes good girl. Aliens come in and invade Earth. It’s all based on a toy or board game. Yes, this is very familiar water.

While cliché normally equates to a measure of hackneyedness that undermines any film, the familiarity almost benefits Battleship. This is a film that’s so loud, so effects-driven and so convoluted that to do anything innovative with the plot may have made it too confusing, or too much with the audience to handle with all the fireworks taking place on the screen.

Instead, the formulaic proceedings allow the focus of the film to be entirely on grand action set pieces and water battles that are extremely effective an entertaining. The plot is definitely secondary to the explosions and testosterone (After all, it is a film about battling alien invasion with battleships) and that’s just fine for its idiom: A film built for fourteen-year-old boys.

That audience will absolutely love this film as it delivers on every level. Big guns, big explosions, big monsters and big fun.

All that is wrapped in a string of lines we’ve heard a thousand times, twists we’ve seen a thousand times and a muddled middle that is simply dull, but when the film comes back around to its set pieces, it never misses its mark and delivers the big-screen action we’ve come to expect from a fun summer popcorn film.

Battleship is the type of movie made for summer at the cinema. It delivers big action without challenging its audience to think too much. Or at all. Because if you actually begin to think about how poorly plotted, written and conceived the whole mess is, you’ll realize that this is actually a miserable movie masked by a lot of big noises and explosions.

Here, however, the mask is so attractive that it manages to cover a good portion of its flaws and Battleship becomes a pleasant enough distraction that will appeal to the fourteen-year-old boy in all of us.

And what’s wrong with indulging your inner child?