Martian Child

Martian Child

DVD - 2008
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David is a widowed science fiction writer who adopts Dennis, a young boy who claims to be from the Red Planet. David believes the child acts strangely in order to process the difficulty he has had in his young life, but soon both David and his sister, Liz, begin to wonder if the boy might be telling the truth.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : New Line Home Entertainment, c2008.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780780656734
0780656733
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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The book by David Gerrold is a memoir and Gerrold has a lot to say that's meaningful about the adoption of an older child by a gay man. Though they dropped the gay element in the movie, it is still much livelier and funnier than the book. John Cusack gives a memorable performance as a quirky sci ... Read More »


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Todd66
Apr 16, 2017

This hit close to home. Every child we had through fostering was a complete individual that came with their own quirks and oddities. This film shows all of that, and how understanding and love can make all those little differences become normal.

Highly recommend this for anyone of any age. It's a story that will touch your heart, but not leave it broken.

blueberrymouse Jan 21, 2016

This shows why we should not stifle a child's creativity. Let them color outside of the lines....please!

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newdog
Feb 02, 2014

This would be a good family movie, although I'd suggest it for children at least 7 or 8 years in age. Although my 5 & a half year old was interested in most of the movie, I don't believe she understood much of it.

harrybrowne Dec 07, 2013

A little too hokey and sappy and predictable but John Cusack is excellent. Based on a true story which makes the movie more appealing.

ktnv May 19, 2013

Lovely story, heartfelt and empathic.

wayne19711012 Aug 22, 2012

are u e. t. ?

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2012

A really sweet human story of love, of learning acceptance, and of overcoming grief. John Cusack is in his 'zone', and little Bobby Coleman was a very good choice. FIVE STARS.

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

This is a warm heartfelt film that celebrates unconditional love. I really enjoyed this one much more than I had initially thought, it is well scripted, and the acting and directing are equally great. I wouldn't call this a must see, but it is worth checking out. I would recommend this to fans of comedy dramas.

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lveranga
Mar 27, 2011

A must see movie for those who have not seen the world of a non-ordinary child living in the ordinary world.

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matcat44
Mar 13, 2009

A quirky little movie, and if you like John Cusack you will probably like this.

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2012

David: "Isn't he wild?" Harlee: "He's great. Like a little Andy Warhol." David: "He has the same social skills by the way." Harlee: "You know what I think it is?" David: "What?" Harlee: "He's an old soul." David: "What does that mean?...Seriously." Harlee: "It just means... he's figured it out."

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2012

Harlee (to David): "Maybe it's not supposed to be easy. I mean, maybe the ones who have it easy are missing out on part of the adventure. Don't you think all the truly fascinating people in the world probably had dysfunctional childhoods?"

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2012

(Harlee kisses David on the cheek) David: "What was that for?" Harlee: "Cuz they're giving medals to all the wrong guys."

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2012

David: "Listen, Dennis... Mr. Lefkowitz said you could come live at my house if you want. It'd only be temporary at first but if you like it... you could stay." Dennis: "I eat 'Lucky Charms'." David: "I am a BIG believer in a substantial breakfast."

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2012

David (to Liz): "...I wanna do something meaningful, you know? And I get all the arguments against it - I even get the one that says I don't know if I wanna bring another kid into this world. But how do you argue with the logic - of loving one that's already here?"

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2012

Tina (to David): "Why can't you just be what we want you to be?" (...David smirks pensively...)

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

David: You know, what is so amazing about you is that you're right. You're always right. And you remember when you're right. And you never let anybody else forget it

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

David: Sometimes we forget that children have just arrived on the earth. They are a little like aliens, coming into beings as bundles of energy and pure potential, here on some exploratory mission and they are just trying to learn what it means to be human. For some reason Dennis and I reached out into the universe and found each other, Never really know how or why. And discovered that I can love an alien and he can love a creature. And thats weird enough for both of us.

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

David: [as Dennis enters house for the first time] Just think of it as a bigger box...

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Sharmink
Jun 10, 2008

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever give up!!!

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May 10, 2014

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Feb 02, 2014

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

nadian May 24, 2008

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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