Martian Child

Synopsis: What's the nature of being a parent and of being a child? David is a widower grieving for two years. He writes science fiction and was considered weird as a boy. He meets Dennis, a foster child who claims to be on a mission from Mars, stays in a large box all day, fears sunlight, and wears a belt of flashlight batteries so he won't float away. David takes the six-year-old home on a trial. His sister and his wife's best friend offer support, but the guys are basically alone to figure this out. Dennis takes things, is expelled, and is coached by David in being normal. Will the court approve the adoption, and will Dennis stay? Can a man become a father and a child become a son?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Menno Meyjes
Production: New Line Cinema
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Uh... oh, no.

I suppose there's one

in every group, one oddball...

- who never fits in.

- Let's go get him.

- Come on!

- Yeah.

Well, that was me...

- Aah!

- David Gordon.

I found my escape

through my stories.

My imagination was a...

was like a rocket ship...

that took me far away

where I could look at life...

from a safe distance...

which, I guess, is what I...

I now do in my books.

As unlucky

as I was in childhood...

I was very, very lucky

as a writer.

Um, so instead of becoming a

well-adjusted, normal person...

I became a kind of a deranged,

successful person.

And I'm not sure

which is preferable...

but it doesn't really matter

'cause you don't get to choose.

But to answer your original

question more directly...

yes, I do believe

that in every work of fiction...

there is one character that,

for the author...

is in some ways


and that certainly holds true

for Dracoban.

You know, like in a dream...

one character, um,

usually represents you...

but in this case,

it's not who you expect...

um, because, you see,

I'm not the human.

I'm the creature.

Is that good?


Hey, Harlee.

Thought I might see you

here today.

Yeah. I thought

I might see you, too.

Sweet of you to come.

Yeah, I think...

I think we spent...

almost every single birthday

together since the third grade.

Hi, Somewhere.

Somewhere's happy to see you.

So what do you think, honestly?

Are you kidding?

I love the idea

of you adopting a child.

I think it's so beautiful...

for you to open up

your heart like that.

Liz thinks I'm crazy, you know?

I mean, what if she's right,

you know?

What if I'm...

What if I'm not up to it?

Let me tell you something.

My mother raised five kids,

and never, for one second...

did she question whether she

was cut out to be a parent.

And she was great, right?

No, the worst.

Her shrink has a house

in Laguna because of her.


Just the fact that you're even

asking yourself the question...

pretty much proves

you're qualified.

Most people spend

more time worrying about...

how to raise tomatoes

than they do their own kids.

You even imagine how happy

Mary would be about this?

Yeah, but that's not

a good enough reason to do it.

You've got a lot of love

left in your heart.

You better come back here!

Hi, David. Hi.

Hi, Sophie.

It's been a long time.

Yeah, yeah, been a few years.

You look well.

Thanks. You, too.

Come on, throw the ball!

Just not ready to commit

to something like this.

I'm sorry.

Didn't you know I was gonna

ask you something like this?

Didn't want to say no

over the phone.


It didn't seem right.

I'm really sorry.

When girls go shopping...


What's your name?


Hi, Esther.

I know who you are.

You do?

You're the man who Sophie

called about Dennis...

but you don't want him

'cause your wife's dead.

Who told you that?


Are you a friend of his,

or what?

No. He's a weirdo.

He doesn't have any friends.

He doesn't?

Where is he hangin' out?

He's in the box.

He doesn't come out until night.

Why does he do that?

The sun. He hates the sun.

Why does he hate the sun?

I don't know.

Because he thinks it's too sunny?


I told him you were weird.

He is in the box.

Oh! Man! Ooh!

But I don't understand...

why did she call you

in the first place?

Well, she thought she had

found a good match for us.

Aren't, like, single men like

the bottom of the totem pole?

Hey, I am not a single man.

I am a widower...

and that is

the worst of all worlds.

I am in the ground

below the totem pole.

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