My Favorite Martian

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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A terrible movie -- beware.
  • PG
  • 1999
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-style violence.

Sexy Stuff

Mild sexual references.


Vulgar references; potty humor.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Intoxication (non-alcoholic)

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMatt B. 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 8-year-old Written byS-man October 11, 2009


I messed up. That long review by E-man, listed as a "kid review", should have been attributed to me, but I forgot to log out of my son's account... Continue reading
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.
Kid, 8 years old October 11, 2009

Review of My Favorite Martian

There is way too much violence:shooting,& punching in the stomach -it looked like this guy was gonna kill somebody.And a lot of sexy stuff including a L... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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