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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 »
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$7,486,906
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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

When David receives the letter from child services, the envelope not only has six digits in the zip code instead of five, the state is listed as "CS", which does not exist. However, an early scene includes a tight shot of the front license plate of David's car, which says at the top "COASTAL STATE" where a real license plate would say "OREGON" or whatever. The production designers invented a state, a postal abbreviation (CS), and a ZIP code; bravo for this attention to detail and imagination! See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
David: Why did they send you here? You know, the Martians?
Dennis: To join a family and to learn human beingness.
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Connections

References The Omen (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Multiply
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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Human story about individualism and being true to one's self.
3 November 2007 | by lindajeanneaaaSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film very much. It touched on so many personal issues -self-worth, identity, need to connect to others through acceptance. Never conforming totally to what is expected of you... preserve the child within and against fear stepping forward to trust.

This film remains focused on the relationship between father and son. The other characters provide a balance of "emotional artwork" and never over shadow or distract from the primary quest. Will this child give up on his fantasy? Will the story take us on a ride? On the surface, this film masks as a typical story of the single parent needing to fill a void so he adopts a young foster child who has social issues. It remains emotionally balanced, yet reaches us in deeper places. We awaken to our core of unconditional love and deep desire to be unlimited in our power. It proves that we all have so much more inside than we ever tap into. A must see.


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