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

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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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Author David Gerrold publicly distanced himself from this adaptation of his novel after his screenplay was rejected by the studio. He publicly rejected the final film for deviating too far from the source novel, especially in regard to making the main character a straight man with a girlfriend instead of a bachelor with no love interest. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Liz: David, you're hysterical.
David: I know. See, everybody says, "Don't be hysterical." But I say, "Why not be hysterical?" Hysterical is the new calm. My wife dies, boom! I go out and I adopt a kid from Neptune. Should I just chill, or should I be hysterical? You tell me. I think hysteria is a way of life. It's a clothing line at least.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Blue Sky
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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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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