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Still shot from the movie: Mars Needs Moms.

Mars Needs Moms

Like many adolescents, Milo (voice of Seth Green) sometimes gets tired of being told what to do by his mother (voice of Joan Cusack). But when Martians swoop down from space and kidnap his mom to raise their own kids, he hitches a ride in an effort to rescue her. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 88
Theater Release: 11 Mar 2011
Video Release: 09 Aug 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Do you detect any stereotypes in this movie? How are mothers depicted? How are males viewed? How do both genders contribute to society? In reality, do you think there are roles and responsibilities that can only be fulfilled by one gender?

When Milo lists the most important things a mother does, the first thing he states is, "She takes me to Disneyland!" Why do you think this was the top item on his list? (Hint: Check the production company that made this film.) How do endorsements like this differ from outright commercials? How often do you hear or see similar advertisements in other movies?

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About the Reviewer: Rod Gustafson

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