ripoff of E.T.
Shortly after being picked up by an unmanned space probe and taken to Earth, a family of humanoid space aliens escapes from a research lab. They get split up, with the youngest entering a van belonging to the Cruise family (not that one
): single mom Janet, 16-year-old Michael and 11-year-old wheelchair-bound boy Eric, who are moving from Illinois to California. Of course, it's the youngest kid who discovers the alien first — Hilarity Ensues
as the creature's attempts to reunite with his family cause Eric's family to think he's going insane.
This is to E.T.
is to Gremlins
. Both Something Awful
and the AV Club
provide detailed recaps of the film. It was also the subject of Phelous
's very first review on That Guy with the Glasses
, can be seen here
. Interestingly, Mac and Me
was Jennifer Aniston
's screen debut. A clumsy scene in which Eric rolls off a cliff became a Running Gag
on Late Night with Conan O'Brien
, as whenever Paul Rudd was a guest, Rudd would play that clip instead of one from whatever film he was promoting at the time.
This film provides examples of:
- Award Bait Song: "Take Me, I'll Follow You" by Bobby Caldwell.
- If Jara Lane was famous, "You're Not A Stranger Anymore" might be considered an attempt of this trope.
- Batman in My Basement
- Character as Himself: Ronald McDonald is credited as this. He wound up winning the "Worst New Star" Razzie for '88.
- Disney Death: Both the aliens and Eric; the attempted tearjerking before they are revived is milked for all its worth.
- Disappeared Dad: We're not told why.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: The alien family, until they become American citizens at the end.
- Follow the Leader: Besides being an E.T. ripoff, the title of Mac and Me is one word different from an early working title for E.T., which was E.T. and Me.
- Handicapped Badass: Eric, for a given very adolescent definition of "badass" - Chuck Norris he ain't, but you gotta admit the wheelchair stunts are pretty impressive.
- Love at First Sight: Michael and Courtney.
- Made of Explodium: A small supermarket goes up like it was firebombed during a gunfight between police and the aliens.
- Plot Hole: Why would Eric think sucking MAC into a vacuum cleaner would work unless he saw what happened at the beginning of the film?
- Product Placement: All-time record holder. The products in question are:
- Coca-Cola — This turns out to be the Earth analogue to the aliens' primary nourishment on their home planet, and thus vital to their survival!
- McDonald's — A character (Courtney) works there, and the kids go to a birthday party there at one point, hence Ronald's cameo. The trailer even played up the cameo. While Eric names the alien "Mac" based on his being a Mysterious Alien Creature, bear in mind that the restaurant's most famous sandwich, the Big Mac, is name-dropped in the film. The aliens even come from the planet of "Quartus Poundus", which might refer to another McDonald's sandwich — the Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
- Powerwheels — Mac steals a Powerwheels car, and ends up getting chased by dogs while riding it.
- Sears — The mom gets a job here, and the government agents chase Eric and Mac through it.
- Skittles — Also important to survival.
- Valvoline — The logo for this motor oil producer mirrors the 'V' sign the aliens make with their hands, as well as provides a clue as to where the rest of MAC's family is hiding.
- Wickes Lumber — Mac desires to go therenote , and it's also the location of a comic relief scene with the alien family and the final confrontation with the government. All the furniture in their house is made with Wickes Lumber, as well.
- Sequel Hook: "We'll be back!"
- That Reminds Me of a Song: The dance number at McDonald's. Would definitely qualify as a Big Lipped Alligator Moment if the entire movie wasn't this crazy.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: When Courtney makes the very good point that the government might actually have a good reason to catch MAC, like for instance him having a disease, Eric's only rebuttal is "He doesn't have any diseases." How can he know that for sure?