Martian Child

2007 PG 1h 46m DVD

Martian Child

2007 PG 1h 46m DVD
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A recently widowed sci-fi writer adopts a 6-year-old boy to quell his loneliness. The catch? The kid claims to be from Mars. Dad's dubious at first, but an odd series of events prompts him to wonder whether his son could be telling the truth.
John Cusack, Bobby Coleman, Amanda Peet, Sophie Okonedo, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt, Bud, Richard Schiff, Taya Calicetto, David Kaye
Menno Meyjes
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although there's very little in the way of language, sex, and violence in this well-acted family drama, it does deal with some serious themes -- including death (of both humans and pets) and abandonment -- that are on the heavy side for young viewers, who may need guidance understanding what they see. Parents are shown discussing their frustrations with their kids and yelling at them, and kids are shown cruelly teasing a main character and calling him "weird." Some social drinking, but only among adults.

Sexual Content

An awkward-but-sweet kiss.


A father and son throw plates around, but not out of anger. The father also loses his temper, though he quickly regains control of it.


No swearing, but some insults ("weird," "stupid," etc).

Social Behavior

A man reaches out to a young boy on the fringes of society. The child has been abandoned and has chosen to portray himself as different, which only alienates others. But his adopted dad persists, and, in turn, heals from his own tragedy. His family is pretty supportive, too.


Some products, such as sunblock and sunglasses, are noted, but in general there's no egregious label-pushing (though Dennis certainly does like his Lucky Charms...).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking (by adults) in social situations.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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