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Martian Child (2007)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  2 November 2007 (USA)
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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.

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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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Some fathers and sons grow up together. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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

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2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un niño de otro mundo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,843,767 (USA) (2 November 2007)

Gross:

$7,486,906 (USA) (7 December 2007)
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The name of Joan Cusack's character (Liz) is the same one as of her character in High Fidelity (2000), which also features her brother John Cusack in the lead role. See more »

Goofs

While David and Dennis are driving David's sunglasses change from red when looking from Dennis' point of view to black when looking from David's. When they hit the police car and the police approach the glasses are black again. See more »

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Liz: Listen, I gotta take The Omen One and Two to soccer practice, okay?
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References Amadeus (1984) See more »

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Don't Be Shy
Written by Cat Stevens (as Yusuf Islam)
Performed by Cat Stevens
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4 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watch an average of 4 movies a week and this is the best film I have seen this year and makes my top 5 of all time list. This is movie making at its best. Everything could not be better, acting, direction, screenplay, casting, music, everything! As a parent the joys and hard parts of parenting were insightfully, thoughtfully and accurately presented, both humorously and straightforwardly as context required. Sences of joy and heartbreak are both delivered without overstatement. The theme of abandonment struck a strong chord in me that had not been touched for sometime and provided some new and healing insight to an old wound. Thank-you to everybody involved with making this movie, you have just made the world a better place.

Sincerely, Chris Anest


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