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.



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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some fathers and sons grow up together. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family

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

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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un niño de otro mundo  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$7,486,906 (USA) (7 December 2007)

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Did You Know?


When David and Dennis were in the grocery store Dennis stopped and stood next to a stack of Mars bars boxes. Dennis claims to be from Mars. See more »


When David is leaving the media event for his new book, the name of the gallery - Elliott Louis Gallery - is visible. This is an art gallery in Vancouver, Canada. See more »


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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 3 November 2007 (2007) See more »


Written by Jamie Lidell (as Jamie Lidderdale) and Mocky (as Dominic Salole)
Performed by Jamie Lidell
Courtesy of Warp Records Limited
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
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This Movie Will Blow Your Mind To Outerspace
3 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With John Cusack, I have found great performances and amazing films, as well as movies that left a lot to be desired. This movie was perhaps one of his best films and most satisfying performances since "Say Anything..." in 1989. This film had perfect juxtaposition which is on the same standard as "Little Miss Sunshine." The movie hits you hard, makes you think, and just as it's about to make you cry--something outrageously funny happens and you are laughing too hard to even think of crying. Bobby Coleman is perfect in his role--quirky, poignant, and subtly portrays a character that many children would over-act, giving Dennis the credibility and relatablity that he deserves. His performance is reminiscent of Johnny Depp in "Benny and Joon," and this young boy will win just as many hearts. Both leading actors portray their characters perfectly and work so amazingly well together that their performances are seamless. This movie is one of the best I have seen in a long time. It is truly a work of universal mastery.

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