YMMV / Mac and Me

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Phelous seemed to think that the aliens were in fact dangerous. He even reedited the footage, turning Mac and Me into a horror film.
  • Awesome Music: Alan Silvestri's score is way better than the movie deserves, something even stated in the liner notes for the score album (which finally came out in 2014). It can be bought for only three dollars here, at perfect quality.
    • The pop songs featured in the film deserve a mention as well. Sadly, only two of them (the Award Bait Songs "You're Not A Stranger Anymore" and "Take Me I'll Follow You") were featured on the aforementioned score album, since they were both written by Silvestri. Luckily, nearly all of the pop songs (save for Flint River Band's "Wait And Break My Heart Tomorrow") can be found easily on YouTube.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In this somewhat in/famous scene, all the kids dance in front of wheelchair-bound Eric. You'll get the picture...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The orphaned Sequel Hook.
  • Memetic Mutation: The wheelchair scene, frequently played on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and continued on Conan whenever Paul Rudd stops by.
    • In Spanish-speaking countries, Eric's Eureka Moment with the windmills ("It's the straws, that's it!") is the only thing anyone ever remembers about this movie. The literal translation of straws (pajas or pajillas) is also slang for masturbation.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Mac's stretching hands. Ugh. ET never tried anything like that.
    • The father alien twisting a tire iron into a knot, and later getting hold of a gun. It's easy to see why Phelous thought this would work better as a horror movie.
  • Rooting for the Empire: It's pretty easy to sympathize with the feds in this movie. Similarly to the Alternative Character Interpretation above, our heroes keep telling them that the aliens aren't going to hurt anyone, even though they've done almost nothing but cause mischief at the best and act like wild animals at the worst. Oh, and one of them gets hold of a gun. Any attempt at bringing them under control is justified.
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • Special Effect Failure: Mac frequently makes the sound of wheels moving whenever he moves, and then there's Eric falling into the river (where he turns into a completely immobile and obvious dummy), a scene Paul Rudd frequently showed on Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
    • As the supermarket explodes into an inferno, Eric is a cutout added in post!
    • The aliens themselves in all their rubbery, stiff glory. Doesn't help that their faces are always in a perpetual state of surprise and the animatronics for them barely work.
  • Toy Ship: Eric and Courtney.
  • Uncanny Valley: The people who designed the puppets for Mac and his family were probably going for Ugly Cute. They failed. Badly. They're positively Nightmare Fuel at some points.
  • Values Dissonance: To a modern audience, giving your kid a birthday party at McDonald's seems like a passive-aggressive way to tell him or her that you hate their guts, but back in The '80s, McDonald's parties were very popular and were one of the best parties a kid could get. And Ronald McDonald showing up at the parties like he does in the film was not unheard of — professional clowns/party entertainers across the country played him, each one handling a certain region, making public appearances at schools, baseball games, etc. That one The Simpsons episode where Krusty the Clown has a clown college for people playing him isn't far off from the truth there.