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"MARS NEEDS MOMS"
(2011) (voices of Seth Dusky, Dan Fogler) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Animated Sci-Fi: A young boy must save his mom after Martians kidnap her and intend to use her parenting skills to program their "Nanny-bots."
PLOT:
Milo (voice of SETH DUSKY, performance capture by SETH GREEN) is your typical 9-year-old American boy. He doesn't like to eat his broccoli or take out the trash or go to bed when his mom (voice of JOAN CUSACK) tells him to. One evening while his father is away on business, he becomes so angry at his mom that he wishes he didn't have a mother.

That wish is granted when Martians come down and kidnap her! As it turns out, the technologically advanced aliens who live beneath the surface of the Red Planet have been nabbing some of Earth's best mothers for decades and stealing their memories and maternal skills to program their "nanny-bots." Under the dictatorship of The Supervisor (voice of MINDY STERLING), this female-dominated society has kept the dumber, more fun-loving (but nurturing) males confined to a subterranean layer of the planet leaving the females to run their militaristic society.

Milo, though, has stowed away aboard the alien abduction craft and makes it his mission to rescue his mother before the Martian mind probes literally obliterate her. He is helped by Gribble (voice of DAN FOGLER), who also stowed away aboard an alien ship years earlier when the Martians took his mom. But he was too late to save her. Also lending support is Ki (voice of ELISABETH HARNOIS), a peace-loving Martian who uncovers the truth that her society once was a family-run community with mothers and fathers taking care of their own offspring and not machines.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes, indeed. The film is told completely from the perspective of a 9-year-old boy and is loaded with action and 3-D thrills.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For sci-fi action and peril.


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