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MAC and Me (1988)

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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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A wheelchair-bound boy helps to reunite an earthbound alien with its extraterrestrial family in this shameless rip-off of Steven Spielberg's E.T.. Separated from his parents shortly after arriving on planet Earth, a Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) quickly strikes up a friendship with lonely Eric Cruise (former Easter Seals spokesman Jade Calegory). New to town and in need of a pal after losing his father, Eric discovers just how amazing the universe can be when mischievous MAC takes him on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Cast

Jade Calegory
as Eric Cruise
Christine Ebersole
as Janet Cruise
Tina Caspary
as Courtney
Jonathan Ward
as Michael Cruise
Martin West
as Wickett
Ivan Jorge Rado
as Zimmerman
Danny Cooksey
as Jack Jr.
Jack Eiseman
as Splatter Car Driver
Sherri Stone Butler
as Checkout Girl
John Curtin
as Control Room Chief
James C. Duke
as Sears Store Manager
Bud Ekins
as Gardner
George 'Buck' Flower
as Security Guard
Tom Fuccello
as Mr. Ryan
Ernie Fuentes
as Store Manager
Heather Green
as Mars Sister
Roger Hampton
as Water & Power Man
Christopher Law
as Air Force Major
Elena Moure
as Mars Mother
Buckley Norris
as Highway Man
Lowell Sexton
as Counter Man
Sean Simmons
as Sheriff's Deputy
Sterling Swanson
as Police Captain
Jack David Walker
as Mars Father
Mayah McCoy
as Dancing Double for Mac
Ivan J. Rado
as Zimmerman
Richard Bravo
as Mover #1
J.D. Hall
as Mover #2
Gary Brockette
as Doctor #2
Sheila Chambers
as Girl #2 in Car
Alyce Coleman
as Girl #1 in Car
Andrew Divoff
as Policeman #2
Raymond George Forchion
as Police Officer #1
Michael Geary
as Technician #3
Jack Ong
as Technician #2
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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?

August 30, 2004
New York Times
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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
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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
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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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