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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.



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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


Director Jerry Zucker was brought in to shoot new footage, according to Patrick Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times on 10 August 2007. See more »


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 »


Dennis: [sharply points at a photo of David] Beware! I almost disney-graded you.
David: Disintegrate me? Why would you do that?
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References Amadeus (1984) 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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A good story about fitting in within yourself
30 October 2007 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

I was able to catch this film during a sneak preview a few weeks back. I really had no idea what the film would be about given I hadn't seen many trailers and only knew elements of the story from the synopsis I read of it on Rotten Tomatoes. So I went in with a pretty clean slate.

The film jumps right into things and doesn't really take a lot of pit stops. It charges forward with the story and I think that is the thing I appreciated the most about it. We are not weighted down with too much subplot and extraneous emotional scenes. We are given exactly what we need to form a connection with all the characters.

The film is changed some from the book that it is based on. Mainly that the lead character played by John Cusack is a widower rather than homosexual. In the end, it really doesn't matter the sexuality of the Cusack character, the connection he creates with his son is fantastic to watch develop. They are the same, though different in that one is grounded in reality and the other up in Mars some where. Both are individuals in a world that doesn't want different, the want everyone to do exactly as they are expected to.

Loved the film, will be a definite purchase come DVD time.

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