Martian Child (2007)


“You know what’s really cool about baseball? You know what I love about baseball? Baseball is the only sport where you can fail 70 percent of the time and still be great. It’s about trying hard and never, ever, ever givin’ up. Just think about it. If you get a hit three out of every 10 times you’re at bat, you’re really good. If you do a little bit better than that… just a little bit better than that… maybe 3.2, 3.3 times… you’re great, and you could be a star. And you’re gonna make it to the Big Show. And if you do that on the Big Show… you’re a superstar.” – David

Number of Times Seen – 2 (4 Feb 2008 and 18 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A recently widowed science fiction writer decided to adopt a young boy who claims he is from another planet.

My Take on it – I saw this film years ago and the quote above has stuck with me for nearly a decade.

It is just one quote from a film filled with great dialogue that many times has the characters discussing very relevant themes that help them (and us) think about how we lead our lives and also how we should try to do so.

John Cusack and Bobby Coleman are both superb here and the bond that they try to form here is great to watch unfold because it feels so genuine.

Each is searching for his own true identity but needs the other in order to find a way to reach a point where they are content with such an identity.

As a parent, I loved watching the interactions between the father-son characters because it is all affected by the issues that they both have about the world around them.

Bottom Line – Loved the interactions between Cusack and Coleman because they feel so genuine.  Their friendship and relationship in this film as a struggling father and son duo is presented so well that it’s easy to try and understand how both are searching for their own unique identity by connecting with the other.  The dialogue is superbly written and we get some great conversations about life that can be seen as life affirming discussions.  As a parent, this story is great to watch because it shows how a parent and child try to form a connection to each other when both have issues with the rest of the world around them. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of the key themes in this film is the search for identity. John Cusack and Amanda Peet both starred in Identity (2003). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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