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Overall B

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.

Violence B-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and mild language (theatrical); for thematic elements, (video)

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Martian Child

In corresponding with David Gerrold, he indicates his experience with the social workers who arranged the adoption of his son Sean, were very positive. Says David, “Their commitment to the children was unconditional.” Why do you think social workers are often portrayed—as they are in this movie—as being difficult or doubting? How does this portrayal add to the dramatic conflict in this film?