MAC and Me (1988)



Critic Consensus: Mac and Me is duly infamous: not only is it a pale imitation of E.T., it's also a thinly-veiled feature length commercial for McDonalds and Coca-Cola.

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Movie Info

A young boy in a wheelchair befriends a stranded being from outer space, who is known as MAC -- an acronym for Mysterious Alien Creature. This sentimental, inferior imitation of E.T. shows how both the boy and the alien benefit from their new friendship.

Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stewart Raffill, Steve Feke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


as Eric Cruise

as Janet Cruise

as Courtney

as Michael Cruise

as Wickett

as Zimmerman

as Jack Jr.

as Splatter Car Driver

as Checkout Girl

as Control Room Chief

as Sears Store Manager

as Gardner

as Mr. Ryan

as Store Manager

as Mars Sister

as Water & Power Man

as Air Force Major

as Security Guard

as Mars Mother

as Highway Man

as Counter Man

as Sheriff's Deputy

as Police Captain

as Mars Father

as Dancing Double for M...

as Zimmerman

as Mover #1

as Mover #2

as Doctor #2

as Girl #2 in Car

as Girl #1 in Car

as Policeman #2

as Police Officer #1

as Technician #3

as Technician #2

as Police Officer #1
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Critic Reviews for MAC and Me

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

It's an amazingly bald-faced copy of E. T. even though this is E. T. in a sticky wrapper, left under the heater two hours too long.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Everything about MAC and Me -- not least the fact that it's fairly well-made and involving -- smacks of crass calculation. The filmmakers even have the gall, in the movie's parting shot, to announce a sequel.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Mac and Me is a 99-minute commercial occasionally interrupted by a not-so-good children`s movie.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Give the kids a break; take them to something else.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If you made a film about a homesick extraterrestrial befriended by a little boy, would you dare to have the creature look like E. T.'s cousin?

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

So why is it so hard to like this film? Having seen it done so much better by Spielberg doesn't help, of course.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for MAC and Me

"Mac and Me," although it is pretty much an exact rip-off of E.T, is now one of my biggest guilty pleasures of all time. It is so terribly scripted and acted that you almost feel like you are constantly being slapped in the face, but due to that reason, this film will make you laugh so damn much. It truly is a 99 cent version of E.T.. I can see myself watching this over and over again. As an alien race accidentally lands on earth, a boy finds one of them, befriends him, and helps him find his lost family. The product placement is absurd, the dark tonal shift is off-putting, and the overall execution is so sloppy. Sure it does everything well with it's budget but that is about it. I really enjoyed how bad this movie was, so I will not say it is terrible, solely for that reason, but it is pretty lame. "Mac and Me" is so ridiculous.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Wow, this is bad movie! You can tell from the poster there that it's basically an E.T. copycat.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Once upon a time, a marketing exec at McDonald's was watching a VHS tape of E.T. eating Reese's Pieces and thought to himself, "What if we get our own cute little alien, but have him eat french fries instead?!?!?" The rest, ladies and gentlemen, is cinematic history.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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