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Martian Child (2007)

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A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.

Director:

Menno Meyjes

Writers:

Seth Bass (screenplay) (as Seth E. Bass), Jonathan Tolins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... David
Bobby Coleman ... Dennis
Amanda Peet ... Harlee
Sophie Okonedo ... Sophie
Joan Cusack ... Liz
Oliver Platt ... Jeff
Bud Bud ... Somewhere / Flomar
Richard Schiff ... Lefkowitz
Taya Calicetto Taya Calicetto ... Esther
David Kaye ... Andy
Braxton Bonneville Braxton Bonneville ... Nicholas
Samuel Charles Samuel Charles ... Jonas
Zak Ludwig ... Young David
Samuel Patrick Chu ... Boy at Group Home
Ryan Morrissette Ryan Morrissette ... Boy at Group Home
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Storyline

What's the nature of being a parent and of being a child? David is a widower grieving for two years. He writes science fiction and was considered weird as a boy. He meets Dennis, a foster child who claims to be on a mission from Mars, stays in a large box all day, fears sunlight, and wears a belt of flashlight batteries so he won't float away. David takes the six-year-old home on a trial. His sister and his wife's best friend offer support, but the guys are basically alone to figure this out. Dennis takes things, is expelled, and is coached by David in being normal. Will the court approve the adoption, and will Dennis stay? Can a man become a father and a child become a son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

It doesn't matter where you come from, as long as you find where you belong! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un niño de otro mundo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,376,669, 4 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,486,906, 9 December 2007
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The full name of 'John Cusack''s character is David Gordon, this is the same last name as his character Rob Gordon in High Fidelity (2000). See more »

Goofs

When David and his sister are looking at the projector Dennis created in his room it is clearly has a single light projecting each of four pictures through a magnifying glass as they rotate past the light, but when they look up we see all four photos projected and rotating on the ceiling. See more »

Quotes

Dennis: But then I started doing science and realized the Earth was spinning around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour. held in place by gravity and I thought "What the heck do I need to be from Mars for?"
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Connections

References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Baby Attacks
From All About the Benjamins (2002)
Written by John Murphy
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Human story about individualism and being true to one's self.
3 November 2007 | by lindajeanneaaaSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film very much. It touched on so many personal issues -self-worth, identity, need to connect to others through acceptance. Never conforming totally to what is expected of you... preserve the child within and against fear stepping forward to trust.

This film remains focused on the relationship between father and son. The other characters provide a balance of "emotional artwork" and never over shadow or distract from the primary quest. Will this child give up on his fantasy? Will the story take us on a ride? On the surface, this film masks as a typical story of the single parent needing to fill a void so he adopts a young foster child who has social issues. It remains emotionally balanced, yet reaches us in deeper places. We awaken to our core of unconditional love and deep desire to be unlimited in our power. It proves that we all have so much more inside than we ever tap into. A must see.


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