A 1988 MerchandiseDriven ripoff of ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial ET]]''. 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 ([[HilariousInHindsight not]] [[Creator/TomCruise that one]]): Single mom Janet, 16-year-old Michael, and 11-year-old and wheelchair-bound boy Eric, who are moving from Illinois to California. Of course, it's the youngest kid who discovers the alien first--HilarityEnsues 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.'' what ''Film/{{Hobgoblins}}'' is to ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''. Both [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/movie-reviews/mac-and-me.php Something Awful]] and [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/ronald-mcdonald-approved-case-file-151-mac-and-me,36033/ the AV Club]] provide detailed recaps of the film. It was also the subject of WebVideo/{{Phelous}}'s very first review on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, and can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0MDcUbwKtI here]]. Interestingly, ''Mac and Me'' was Creator/JenniferAniston's screen debut.

A clumsy scene in which Eric rolls off a cliff became a RunningGag on ''Series/LateNight with Creator/ConanOBrien'', and later ''{{Series/Conan}}'': Whenever Paul Rudd is a guest, Rudd will play that clip instead of one from whatever film he's promoting at the time!

!!This film provides examples of:
* AwardBaitSong: "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 at this trope.
* BatmanInMyBasement
* CharacterAsHimself: Ronald [=McDonald=] is credited as this. He wound up winning the "Worst New Star" Razzie for 1988!
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Both the aliens ''and'' Eric]]; the attempted tearjerking before revival is milked for all its worth too.
* DisappearedDad: We're not told why.
* DullSurprise: Arguably many instances of this; the human characters don't react with nearly as much surprise and horror as most probably would at the aliens' antics or the dangers they inadvertently cause.
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: The alien family, [[spoiler:until they become American citizens at the end]].
* FollowTheLeader: 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''.
* HandicappedBadass: Eric, for a given [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld very adolescent]] definition of "badass" Chuck Norris he ain't, but you gotta admit the wheelchair stunts are pretty impressive.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Michael and Courtney.
* MadeOfExplodium: A small supermarket goes up like it was firebombed during a gunfight [[spoiler:between police and the aliens]].
* PlotHole: Why would Eric think sucking MAC into a vacuum cleaner would work unless he saw what happened at the beginning of the film?
* PoliceAreUseless: The police and government authorities, for all their efforts to recapture these aliens, often let them slip past them way too easily; one security guard in the supermarket practically lets one of the aliens simply take his gun out of his hand.
** Especially egregious is what happens right after when the police are called in to confront the aliens; when Eric charges forward to protect his friends, the pursuing officer flips over the corner of his cruiser when he has ''plenty'' of room to spare....And that's not even getting into the police actually causing an entire store to explode violently.
* ProductPlacement: This might be the all-time record holder, as some of the placement serves minor plot points. 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''!
** UsefulNotes/McDonalds -- A character (Courtney) works there, and the kids go to a huge birthday party there, hence Ronald's cameo. The trailer actually played up the cameo. While Eric names the alien "Mac" based on his being a '''M'''ysterious '''A'''lien '''C'''reature, 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 -- The aliens nosh on these too, much as E.T. did with Reese's Pieces.
** 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 there[[note]]Not an actual Wickes ''location'' but rather one of their billboards on a desert highway[[/note]], 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.
* SequelHook: "''[[TemptingFate We'll be back!]]''"
** [[SubvertedTrope Oh, no]], [[HilariousInHindsight you won't]]!
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: The dance number at [=McDonald's=]. Would definitely qualify as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment if the [[BizarroEpisode entire movie wasn't this crazy]].
* WideEyedIdealist: 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?