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My Favorite Martian



A terrible movie -- beware.
  • Review Date: May 8, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Cartoon-style violence.

Sexy stuff

Mild sexual references.


Vulgar references; potty humor.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Intoxication (non-alcoholic)

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that My Favorite Martian has some crude, vulgar references (though most of them are euphemisms), as well as potty humor and cartoonish violence. Also some non-alcoholic intoxication.

What's the story?

Based on the 1960s sitcom, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN gets rolling when TV producer Tim (Jeff Daniels) comes upon a tiny spaceship. He takes the "toy" home, unaware that it's a real spaceship that had crash landed and was shrunken down by its Martian occupant (Christopher Lloyd). The Martian follows Tim home, and when Tim learns his story, he decides this might be his ticket to a higher-profile job. Meanwhile, government agents are searching for the Martian.

Is it any good?


This dismal comedy is hard to recommend. The commercial for this movie features our heroes (the visiting Martian and his earthling friend) in the midst of a car chase. The Martian (Christopher Lloyd) shrinks the car, which goes into the sewer system and comes up in a toilet. We get the toilet-eye view just as a hugely overweight man is pulling down his pants to sit. This is a good indication of the movie's subject matter and humor level.

It is also a good indication of the failures of the rating system. It is hard to imagine an appropriate age group for this movie, but because the language is euphemistic, it gets only a PG rating. As with Flubber, Disney has remade a familiar story with souped-up special effects, but with a poor script.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why there are so many Hollywood movies that are based on television series.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 12, 1999
DVD release date:April 8, 2003
Cast:Christopher Lloyd, Elizabeth Hurley, Jeff Daniels
Director:Donald Petrie
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Topics:Space and aliens
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:language and references

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Parent Written bymattbruns3 October 29, 2015

You need to consider supervising young kids.

There are some innuendos in this movie. Young kids may not understand some stuff.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 13, 2012

my favorite martian

with Flubber, Disney has remade a familiar story with souped-up special effects, but with a poor script. Not recommended. Families can talk about why there are so many Hollywood movies that are based on television series.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byhomealonefan123 November 12, 2012

best disney movie ever

this is a very good movie, if you see this movie, you gotta buy it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex


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