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Martian Child

Recently widowed, a sci-fi author named David (John Cusack) adopts a young boy (Bobby Coleman) who claims he comes from Mars. Whether truth or fiction, as the two lonely souls spend more time together, their relationship opens up a whole new world. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 106
Theater Release: 01 Nov 2007
Video Release: 11 Feb 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
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If you are a Star Trek fan, you may have seen some of David Gerrold’s work. He was the scriptwriter for what is regarded as the most popular Star Trek episode from the original series: The Trouble With Tribbles. He has written for numerous other science-fiction television series as well.

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Another young boy hides in a box to escape the loneliness of losing his mom in the film Millions. John Cusack portrays another widower in the movie Grace Is Gone. Actress Joan Cusack (John’s real life sister), who plays David’s advice-giving sister, took on a similar role in the movie Raising Helen.

Home Video Extra Features

The Marian Child lands on DVD with extra materials to explore. Use your “radar sensors” for the audio commentary by producers David Kirschner and Corey Sienega, and writers Seth E. Bass and Jonathan Tolins, and your “optical indicators” for deleted scenes as well as the featurettes Handle With Care (working with the Martian Child) and The Real Martian Child. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo Surround), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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