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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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The story of a man becoming a father...and a boy becoming a son. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 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 »

Quotes

[from trailer]
David: [as Dennis enters house for the first time] Just think of it as a bigger box...
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Connections

References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Satellite
Written by Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Joe Pisapia (as Joseph Pisapia) and Brian Rosenworcel
Performed by Guster
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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This Movie Will Blow Your Mind To Outerspace
3 November 2007 | by zoe_washburnSee 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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