Martian Child

The story of a man becoming a father... and a boy becoming a son.


Martian Child
A young boy, born of drug-addict parents, has spend his entire life in institutions and foster homes. This, plus his chemical-addled birth, lead him to believe that he's actually a Martian. A recently widowed man decides to adopt him, to fullfil his own desire to be a father. This proves to be a major learning experience for both of them.

108 minutes.
Parental Guidance.
Drama.

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
John Cusack, Bobby Coleman, Amanda Peet, Sophie Okonedo, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt, Bud, Richard Schiff, Taya Calicetto
Director
Menno Meyjes
ScreenplaySeth Bass, Jonathan Tolins, from the novel by David Gerrold
MusicAaron Zigman
CinematographyRobert D. Yoeman
EditingBruce Green
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorNu Metro
Made in2007
Produced byHannah Rachel Production Services Ltd., New Line Cinema

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreComedy, drama
LanguageMild
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceNone
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsPoignant, heartwarming story concerning a troubled, adopted child. Parental guidance might be necessary for sensitive children.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
2
Violence
1
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
0
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
3
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconSpends too much time trying to manipulate your emotions with a heavy hand.
5
Die Burger
Jacques Liebenberg quote iconGoeie spel deur John Cusack.
10
Cape Times
Carina Chocano quote iconKooky pair go nowhere slowly.
5
The Citizen
Natalie Bosman quote iconMartian Child is a very sweet alternative to the usual dramas that reach our screens.
13
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe movie leaves no heartstring untugged. It even has a beloved old dog, and you know what happens to beloved old dogs in movies like this. Or if you don't, I don't have the heart to tell you.
10
eye Weekly
Kieran Grant quote iconMartian Child falls for plain sentimentalism when it could’ve aimed for deep space.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconMartian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation. The film doesn't try to hide what it's doing. If you don't cry, it hasn't worked. There's not a single genuine human emotion to be found between the beginning and end credits.
10
ScreenIt
8
Metacritic.com
26 critics
10
Rottentomatoes critics
95 critics
10
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconUnconvincing as the heartfelt dramedy it aspires to be.
6

What the People say

Internet
1011 Netizens quote iconMartian Child: are we all strangers in a strange land?
14

Average .. 44%

9




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