Martian Child (2008)

Martian Child
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Director: Menno Meyjes
Actors: John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Sophie Okonedo

Science fiction writer, David Gordon (John Cusack) is feeling alone after losing his wife two years earlier. David is weighing the possibility of adopting a six-year old orphan boy named Dennis (Bobby Coleman). There is only one thing that may prevent the adoption from happening, and that is Dennis believes he is from the planet Mars. David's sister, Liz (Joan Cusack), tries to talk him out of adopting a child, because he doesn't know the first thing about parenting and this child is over the line and very strange. David has made up his mind and wants to be a father to this strange Martian child. David is having so much fun being a parent that he has stop writing and is about to miss his next book deadline. His agent Jeff (Oliver Platt) tries to bring David back to earth, but David is thinking about Mars more and more. David is letting Dennis be himself, and he is caught up in the fantasy of Dennis actually being from Mars.

Status: QuickPick
Run time: 106mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Member Reviews (19)

Posted Monday, 13 August 2012 See my other reviews
Loved this gorgeous movie! The 'martian child' actor was just adorable. John Cusack played a sensitive, yet poignant part as the adoptive father. A great watch for children too :))
Posted Saturday, 21 April 2012 See my other reviews
An enjoyable movie
Posted Tuesday, 17 April 2012 See my other reviews
Margaret C.
Nice to see a movie based on a true story that - despite being different from the truth - still apparently has the writer's approval. Slowish, but really a nice story about actually choosing to do good things and to love a child who may appear difficult, but who is, of course, worth the effort.
Posted Friday, 12 March 2010 See my other reviews
A very simple nice story. Had it's good moments but not one to rush out an see
Posted Monday, 8 February 2010 See my other reviews
Very cleaver and beautiful movie about some wonderfully written people This is a must see for anyone with even the smallest amount of a soft side. Never has family been shown so beautifly before now and never has a child been cuter.
Posted Wednesday, 6 January 2010 See my other reviews
Paul S.
I fell in love with the characters in this movie very quickly and enjoyed it from start to end. Great acting and a beautiful, feel-good story.
Posted Sunday, 1 November 2009 See my other reviews
Friederike E.
Great movie reminded me of my autistic foster child which lived with us for 8 years. First flim with John Cusack I liked.
Posted Sunday, 19 July 2009 See my other reviews
The speel about this movie covers the story but I was amazed to find it's based on a true story. It does illustrate some problems parents face when they allow the child to 'be himself' - which is not easy when you're a kid and don't know who you are. Kids are just learning to be people and need guidance. In this movie it's hard to tell who is the kid and who is the foster father. Also, I wonder why everything has to be said in whispers. These days movie people seem to think the bad guys shout and the good guys whisper. You need to sound way up for this movie. Worth seeing.
Posted Tuesday, 30 June 2009 See my other reviews
Great movie. Well worth watching
Posted Sunday, 28 June 2009 See my other reviews
Quite an impressive performance from the youngster and John Cusack was pretty reliable but we really wanted the kid to be a Martian in the end. It was okay but not something we really enjoyed. Not very memorable.
Posted Monday, 2 February 2009 See my other reviews
Karen C.
This was a great movie with John Cusack giving a great performance- i think he is getting better with age, as well as a mature performance by the child actor
Posted Monday, 27 October 2008 See my other reviews
Margaret F.
I also love this movie and am a big fan of john cusack . The little boy was amazing what a future he has in fron of him . Highly recommend.
Posted Sunday, 12 October 2008 See my other reviews
Luisa E.
Alright movie. Good message for all parents at the end.
Posted Sunday, 17 August 2008 See my other reviews
Sonya L.
this movie is well worth watching, one of those movies that stay with you. john cusack what an excellent role he played, highly recommend
Posted Sunday, 3 August 2008 See my other reviews
James M.
I really liked this film A quiet slow paced movie. The child actor who played the Martian was fantastic.
Posted Wednesday, 30 July 2008 See my other reviews
Jay R.
I liked this movie :P great story and was shocked it was based upon a true one :P
Posted Sunday, 6 July 2008 See my other reviews
Jay R.
I thought this was a good movie!! Was amazed that it was actually based (wateva lol) on a true story! Good performance by John
Posted Monday, 30 June 2008 See my other reviews
W B O.
I absolutely loved this movie. It's very quiet and slowly paced and could even be accused of being sappy but somehow - probably thanks to a perfect performance by John Cusack - it captivated me. I've re-watched this a few times and fall for it a little more with each viewing. If only John Cusack would adopt me... or at least take me home for a pet.
Posted Wednesday, 7 May 2008 See my other reviews
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