THE MARTIAN CHILD
Release Date: November 02, 2007
Starring: John Cusack, Bobby Coleman,
Joan Cusack, Amanda Peet,
Oliver Platt, Anjelica Huston,
and Sophie Okonedo
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: Menno Meyjes
Executive Producer: Toby Emmerich, Mark Kaufman,
Matt Moore, and Mike Drake
Producer: David Kirschner, Corey Sienega
and Ed Elbert
Writer: Seth E. Bass and Jonathan
Address Comments To:Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne
New Line Cinema
116 North Robertson Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 854-5811
Fax: (310) 354-1824
The movie is based on an autobiographical novel about a single homosexual man who adopts a boy, written by homosexual science fiction author David Gerrold, who wrote the classic “Trouble with Tribbles” episode for the original TV series STAR TREK. The movie, however, turns the man into a widower who is still feeling pain over the loss of his beloved wife, Mary.
In the story, David Gordon is a successful science fiction author. A friend of his invites David to adopt Dennis, a troubled little boy who tells people he’s really a Martian. When David meets Dennis, Dennis wears a heavy belt because of earth’s lighter gravity and stays in a cardboard box outside because of the stronger sunlight. David makes friends with Dennis by bringing him some sunblock cream and a pair of sunglasses.
Despite his doubts, and the doubts of government psychologists, David brings Dennis home. He caters to the fantasy whims of the child, while trying desperately to draw Dennis out of his shell. Dennis has trouble at school, however, and keeps saying that the Martians will come to take him back when his mission studying Earth is finished.
Though David makes great progress, things come to a head when David has to attend a party announcing his newest novel.
The basic relationship between David and Dennis is often funny, charming and heartwarming, but the movie contains too many references to Eastern religions and other false philosophical notions. For example, David’s childhood friend, Harlee, says that Dennis has a Zen Buddhist quality about him. Also, a precocious little girl says to David when he utters a profanity, “Jesus is important, but other religions are just as relevant.” The movie never, never, ever, ever, ever (to paraphrase a line of dialogue from the movie) counteracts these false, dangerous viewpoints, so it becomes obvious that the filmmakers, and perhaps the original author, have some latent hostility against both the Old and New Testament, against religious Jews, and against Jesus Christ and Christianity. Even a few scenes set during Thanksgiving and Christmas fail to mention belief in God, Christianity or the Baby Jesus. Thus, the movie plays like it’s set in a Post-Christian American society where such things are no longer important. By the way, this sounds like many people the MOVIEGUIDE® staff has met in the science fiction fandom community, the community from which David Gerrold, the original author, comes. Why, then, should the world’s two billion Christians go see this movie, not to mention those Jews who regularly attend synagogue and celebrate Jewish holidays and festivals?
MARTIAN CHILD also contains some foul language, including a few strong profanities, but it contains no crude sexual content and no explicit nudity. Consequently, it is rated PG, not PG-13 or R.
The relationship between David and Dennis is often funny, charming and heartwarming, but the movie contains too many references to Eastern religions and other false philosophical notions. For example, there is a reference to Zen Buddhism and a comment that “Jesus is important, but other religions are just as relevant.” Thus, MARTIAN CHILD has an unacceptable mixed pagan worldview plus unnecessary strong profanities.