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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>

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Some fathers and sons grow up together. 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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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The full name of 'John Cusack''s character is David Gordon, this is the same last name as his character Rob Gordon in High Fidelity (2000). 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 »

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David: You know what's really cool about baseball? You know what I love about baseball? Baseball is the only sport where you can fail 70 percent of the time and still be great. It's about trying hard and never, ever, ever givin' up. Just think about it. If you get a hit three out of every 10 times you're at bat, you're really good. If you do a little bit better than that... just a little bit better than that... maybe 3.2, 3.3 times... you're great, and you could be a star. And you're gonna make it to ...
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References Amadeus (1984) See more »

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Don't Be Shy
Written by Cat Stevens (as Yusuf Islam)
Performed by Cat Stevens
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Martian Child: are we all strangers in a strange land?
30 October 2007 | by mgoldhamerSee all my reviews

What would be different about a child from the planet Mars than one born on Earth? No one knows, since for all practical reasons no one has ever meet a Martian Baby. David (John Cusack) a widowed science fiction writer, with writer's block decides to find out, by adopting an unwanted boy. The boy, Dennis, (Bobby Coleman) outwardly acts as if he is a child from our closest celestial neighbor, the planet Mars. David and Dennis appear well suited for each other because they are both living apart from society. David does so by living alone and writing science fiction novels up until the present time of his wife's death, now he is just alone. Dennis, avoids contact with everyone by taking on the guise of the child from Mars, an alien, a stranger, who acts differently than the norm, and therefore society avoids confrontation with what is unusual. This screenplay is adult in nature because it deals with issues that are unpleasant and upsetting. Taking on the responsibility of rearing an unwanted child, alone, having never actually been a parent, and never knowing if the love you give is going to be returned is a huge step! This is a film that will be appreciated by a very small audience. One must first be able to get past self indulgence and reach a certain level of maturity before one can consider taking on the total responsibility of another life form. Director Menno Meyies has created a very strong bond between David and Dennis in their scenes throughout his film. Unfortunately most of the people on this planet will never see their performances. Go out of your way, go alone if you must, but go see the Martian Child. If you are a parent it will remind you of raising your own children, if you are not yet a parent it will remind you of the childhood you had and the experience of raising your own Martian Child yet to come!


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