Martian Child (Theatrical)

Theatrical Release: November 2, 2007
Martian Child (Theatrical)


The comic drama “Martian Child” stars John Cusack as a recently widowed science fiction writer who adopts a young boy that claims to be from Mars. But the new father ignores some sage advice about the perils of parenthood from his sister and gets more than he bargained for when a series of strange occurrences lead him to believe the child’s claim may be true. Based on an award-winning short story by sci-fi luminary David Gerrold, “Martian Child” is directed by Menno Meyjes and co-stars Amanda Peet and Joan Cusack.

Dove Review

Have you ever known a kid who is a little bit different? Young Dennis (Bobby Coleman) fits the bill as he believes he is from Mars. Enter recently-widowed Dave, a science fiction writer who was a bit different himself as a child. Dave understands Dennis’ need to express his imagination and he looks into adopting him. This is a film that speaks positively on the subject of adoption.

Unfortunately, despite some tender moments and interesting interaction between Dave and Dennis, the film includes the use of the Lord’s name in vain four times. If not for this unfortunate fact, we could have awarded our Dove Seal to the picture. Although the language is listed as “mild,” we do not consider the mis-use of the Lord’s name in vain as mild language. Therefore we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing; a reference to a character being good in bed.
Language: J-3; JC-1; For G's Sake-1; G/OMG-5; H-1; D-1
Violence: Boy hit in head with ball; sword fighting on a movie set.
Drugs: Some drinking of beer.
Nudity: Cleavage
Other: A character allows a child to break things, believing it will help him deal with some issues; a comment from a character who wondered if another character was a "medium"; a child steals but the subject is dealt with; a beloved pet dies; evolution is indirectly alluded to; a comment about a dog's privates; a comment is made that Jesus is important but other religions are relevant too.


Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: Seth Bass and Jonathan Tolins and David Gerrold
Director: Menno Meyjes
Producer: Ed Elbert
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 108 min.
Starring: John Cusack, Bobby Coleman, Amanda Peet
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter