In some other world, 'Mars Needs Moms' would have settled for being just a family-friendly intergalactic adventure, a sprightly adaptation of Berkeley Breathed's 40-page children's book rendered well in 3D. Instead, Simon Wells' take on the material is an odd duck: part anti-feminist, anti-authoritarian screed, part insufferable culture-clash comedy, and part suitable space shenanigans that are nonetheless stranded in the uncanny valley thanks to producer Robert Zemeckis' insistence on employing motion-capture animation for his every post-'Polar Express' project.
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