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Still shot from the movie: Martian Child.

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. »

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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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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.

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?

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