What's to Blame For Mars Needs Moms Bombing? (Hint: Everything)

Looking for one reason why audiences failed to connect with the Robert Zemeckis-produced Mars Needs Moms over the weekend? The New York Times has figured it all out: the 3-D ticket prices were too high. Wait, no: there are too many family films in the current marketplace. Er, actually, it was probably because of the uncanny valley. Maybe. Or the storyline, because "what child wants to see a movie about his mom being taken away from him?" One of those four reasons. Or, because the theater was too cold. Or, because popcorn prices were too high... [NYT]


  • Fred Zeppelin says:

    Or perhaps it's the concept that you somehow need to animate real people to look like - well - animated real people. Which ends up just looking creepy.

  • Neo says:

    Dan Fogler.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Not enough car jackings or prostitute beatdowns to entertain the average 8 year old.

  • Andrew says:

    He is awful.
    Oh, and he was in Take Me Home Tonight too...2 of the biggest bombs of the year, maybe HE IS THE REASON.

  • The Cantankerist says:

    You're in line at the multiplex. "Mars Needs Moms"? Really? You're taking your kid to that? A film about the God of War wanting to impregnate as many women as he can?

  • The Cantankerist says:

    Or, more likely: the thought of "I want my mommy" for two hours in 3D is not quite as appealingly novel to parents as the filmmakers might have thought.