Parents' Guide to

Mars Needs Moms

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Surprisingly touching adventure has sad moments amid comedy.

Movie PG 2011 88 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 42 parent reviews

age 8+

Be prepared to watch your kid watch mom die

I don't remember seeing this important information when I glanced at the review: there is a scene in the movie where the little boy watches his mom die and there is absolutely nothing he can do to save her. It seems to stretch on forever, with the rescue and resuscitation not feeling obviously imminent. My 5yo was crying silent tears on the couch next to me. Definitely too much for both him and me! Is your child prepared to watch mom die?
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age 5+

Mars does need moms, thanks! =)

This a great family movie for any age group. We plan to watch it again and probably purchase this film at some point. There is some violence, but as long as you keep your children informed on what is appropriate behavior off-screen, they will be just fine and have many laughs during this movie!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (42):
Kids say (38):

This is a surprisingly tender and sweet adventure. As motion-capture technology advances and produces more and more films, the startlingly realistic animation it produces is no longer as occasionally disturbing as it was when The Polar Express was released. It's easier to just be in awe of it now -- and to see the actors' faces and expressions in every scene. And MARS NEEDS MOMS, like most animated movies, features a noteworthy comedic voice cast, especially Green as Milo, Fogler as Gribble, and Cusack as Mom.

The film's weak link is the '60s-show-obsessed Martian, Ki (Elisabeth Harnois). She believes in groovy love thanks to watching the same 1960s TV program over and over again. It's funny for a little while to hear her say anachronistic catchphrases, but after a while the joke gets a bit flat. Still, this is an enjoyable movie that helps kids understand that, despite the rules, the chores, and the bedtimes, mothers love their kids fiercely, unconditionally, and sacrificially. Mothers -- don't be surprised if you cry and your kids hug you extra tight.

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