I was 13 the summer that MAC AND ME came out and even then I could sense how calculated and commercial it was. Naturally, I didn't see it like the majority of the world . But with its new cult standing, I had to finally check it out and it definitely deserves its standing. What were they thinking? An E.T. rip off about 5 years too late. And not only that, it rips off a major moment from STARMAN, right down to the aliens walking through fire. The level of product placement is astounding. I haven't seen this much Coke on screen since BLOW ah, boo yourself! . I counted 15 moments where <more>
characters offer up a Coke Skittles and McDonalds get off light compared to that . Seriously, one could start a Coca-Cola drinking game with this but I fear people participating might have their teeth rot out by the end of the 90 minutes. I will say that I like the alien designs better than the horrifically ugly E.T., even if these aliens do look like Imogene Coca in NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION. I will also give the production credit for casting a real boy in a wheelchair in the lead. I will give them a hug and kiss for throwing said boy off a cliff. Again, what in the world were they thinking? I give this a 10 for being so amazingly blatant.
One of the best films of the 1980s (by burgersandsausages)
When a film critic refers to a film as one of the best movies of the year, they have mean a film has enough potential and drive to become THE best film. Few films of 1989 will be able to surpass the magic of Stewart Raffill's "Mac and Me". It is CERTAINLY the best film of the year, and possibly one of the best films of the 80's.It tells a beguiling story of friendship, compassion, and undeniable warmth. What makes "Mac & Me" such a masterpiece is that it is able to let's face it rob a previous concept and make a bigger, bolder film out of it. This puts ET <more>
to shame.One of the film's best sequences is also its most heartbreaking one. MAC mysterious alien creature is found in tears is he mourns his missing family. Moments like this are what makes movies as strong as they are today.The first time I saw "Mac & Me", I expected a sappy over-sentimental film ala The Right Stuff , but instead, I saw a blazing masterpiece of American cinema. I believe "Mac and Me" is charged with such velocity, that in a decade, or even two, people will look back on it as a prime example of the medium of film. What a shame that it would have taken them that long.
A marvelous little gem of a film. Not only are the special effects terrific, but the acting is great. Good acting really helps a movie and this is no exception. The little alien creature was great, very convincing. When his whole family showed up and *spoiler * almost die, I was pretty freaked out. Whew! I was very happy they made it back home but sad for the family they left behind. This film is quite an achievement for director Stewart Raffill you can see how his work here helped inform his later work, specifically "Grizzly Falls" and "Adjustments". "Mac and <more>
Me" is SUCH a better film than some lame piece of junk like "ET", which really was pretty bad. Well done!!
Mac and Me maybe similar like E.T. but I really like the movie.It has many good moments and and is some times funny.The acting is good and the story is fine. and the effects are good.The music by Alan Silvestri is pretty good too.If you are a fan of E.T then I think you'll like Mac and Me!
Better than E.T. (by js1801)
This film has often been compared to E.T. Yes, it is like E.T. but better than E.T. When I watched this film when I was a kid, I thought it was better than E.T. Now that I am an adult, I still believe it is better than E.T.
Come on..... its 20 years old (by elwoodjames)
Whilst i appreciate the negative comments this film gets and to be honest it looks pretty naff now adays, But i remember watching this when i was younger and i loved it.... I watched this more than i ever watched ET.Same as my little 4 year old loves it now... I guess its just one of those films that require a level of imagination that only kids have....Give this film a break... Let your kids watch it and let them decide on your votes....As my little one loves it so much he decided it deserves 9 out of 10...Come on lets get that score up a bit
Charming! (by jackwareingfilms)
IMHO Mac and Me is far superior to E.T. I can understand the obvious comparisons, but I just really loved Mac's interaction with his Mom and Dad, ALSO how their whistling communication could express the emotions they were feeling at a given time. I know I am in the minority about this, but I like the movie a lot.
I love this movie for all the wrong reasons. (by Mr-Fusion)
Don't let that 8 rating fool you; "Mac and Me" is an awful movie. A blatant nay, shameless ripoff of "E.T." - right down to the broken home and identical neighborhood - it's hard to believe such crap was earnestly marketed to kids. But viewed in the right context with friends, beer flowing , this movie makes for a night of comic hilarity. It's not just the terrible product placement Coca-Cola, Skittles and Valvoline are all in your face . . . also there's the random dance party at McDonald's that grinds the movie to a halt , but the low-rent makeup <more>
effects on the aliens, who have only one facial expression: surprise! Add to that the really bad white family we have to side with, the token bad-guy Feds, and the quality of acting that's just a shade above "Troll 2" that make "Mac and Me" so unbelievably shoddy. It's just not a movie you can take seriously. So I can't give this flick a bad rating because I had way too many mean-spirited laughs during the entire ride. That dummy going off the cliff in the wheelchair in a serious drama moment . . . that's what you can expect here is priceless. And what blows my mind is that the guy who directed this movie also wrote it! You have to believe in this nonsense pretty hard to put that much work into it. I'm not sure there's a better example of something so bad that it comes out the other end smelling of ironic roses.8/10