MAC and Me

Critics 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.



Total Count: 25


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User Ratings: 13,041
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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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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

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Audience Reviews for MAC and Me

  • Jun 01, 2014
    "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 P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Wow, this is bad movie! You can tell from the poster there that it's basically an E.T. copycat.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    How can a great movie like this just average 3 stars, with mostly 1 star reviews? A group of aliens get stranded on Earth, and one of them (the youngest one, named Mac) then gets separated from his family, just to end up at the house of a family who just moved into a new neighborhood. One member of that family, a handicapped boy, is lonely and seems to need a friend. A human being and an overly skinny alien with big eyes that has magical powers can't have much in common, but hey, opposites attract. Yeah, it's an "E.T." ripoff, but so what? It's excellent for a ripoff. It's a long commercial for McDonald's and Coca-Cola. And your point is? There are tons of movies advertise products by getting the actors to visit their places or consume their products. It shouldn't matter that "Mac and Me" is pretty much a clone of another movie--that it's not the most original title out there. What should matter is its entertainment value and good qualities, and it has a lot of those. "Mac and Me" is a great, heartwarming movie about friendship that manages to be funny, interesting, and entertaining from beginning to end. It shouldn't go without mentioning that the movie also has nice scenery and a great soundtrack on top of it all to add to the experience. Don't be shallow. Let your imagination soar. If you have kids, "Mac and Me" is an excellent movie to get for them. I'd say it's one of the best family movies of its kind. I was eight at the time the movie came out on video and I've owned it and loved it since. Now that I'm no longer a kid, I still find it to be a nice film to watch from time to time, and I can't wait to share it with my kids in the future. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2003.
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2009
    Once upon a time, a marketing exec at McDonald's was watching a VHS tape of <i>E.T.</i> 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 T Super Reviewer

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