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Running Time 88 min
MPAA rating PG (for sci-fi action and peril)
Release Date Mar 11, 2011
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Mars Needs Moms

Take out the trash; eat your broccoli -- who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. "Mars Needs Moms" showcases Milo's quest to save his mom -- a wild adventure that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble and a rebel Martian… Show more

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March 11, 2011 - Boston.com - Tom Russo/Globe Correspondent

In Berkeley Breathed’s kitschily titled 2007 children’s book “Mars Needs Moms!,’’ a mother’s absence-via-alien-abduction makes her attitudinal little boy’s heart grow fonder, all right — to pretty touching effect. The 3-D animated feature version from director Simon Wells and producer Robert Zemeckis loses the exclamation mark and conveys the same feeling at points, but more often just frenetically roves the Red Planet, much like Zemeckis filling out “The Polar Express.’’

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March 11, 2011 - Boston.com - Tom Russo/Globe Correspondent

In Berkeley Breathed’s kitschily titled 2007 children’s book “Mars Needs Moms!,’’ a mother’s absence-via-alien-abduction makes her attitudinal little boy’s heart grow fonder, all right — to pretty touching effect. The 3-D animated feature version from director Simon Wells and producer Robert Zemeckis loses the exclamation mark and conveys the same feeling at points, but more often just frenetically roves the Red Planet, much like Zemeckis filling out “The Polar Express.’’

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