Mac and Me
A mischievous alien creature befriends a physically disabled boy in this feel-good family film. After landing on Earth, Mac (which stands for Mysterious Alien Creature) meets wheelchair-bound Eric (Jade Calegory). The two become fast friends, and Eric helps his new out-of-this-world pal hide from the NASA scientists who want the interplanetary visitor for scientific experiments. Christine Ebersole and Jonathan Ward also star.
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- Stewart Raffill
- This movie is
- 1989 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Director: Stewart Raffill
- Worst Screenplay nominee
- Worst Picture nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Mac and Me is a wonderfully bad slice of 1980s kitsch. It's an obvious E.T. rip-off; the acting is bad across the board; and there are plenty of scenes that will leave everyone scratching their heads. Oh, and the product placement is as obnoxious and tacky as you can get. That said, fans of the so-bad-it's-good school of movie watching will find much to enjoy in the cheese and the awfulness. On a serious note: In the film, a boy in a wheelchair loses control and rolls downhill off a cliff and into water where he nearly drowns. This might be a bit much for younger viewers, especially any who know kids in wheelchairs.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- The alien Mac tends to cause car accidents wherever he appears. Cars crash, flip, and spin out of control. While exploring a hilly area past his backyard, a boy in a wheelchair starts rolling downhill, unable to stop, and rolls off a cliff into water below, where he nearly drowns. A gun fight between aliens and police culminates in a massive explosion that sets a mall parking lot on fire. Police on foot chase after a boy in a wheelchair who holds an alien in his lap as they go down hilly roads and through department stores.
- Rare language, like "hell."
- Social Behavior
- Themes of kindness, tolerance, and friendship run throughout, though the movie's quality brings down the effectiveness of the message.
- The McDonald's logo is shown throughout. One of the characters works at McDonald's; she is rarely seen without her uniform. A child's birthday party is held at McDonald's where Ronald McDonald himself entertains partygoers. Characters talk about wanting Big Macs. Coca-Cola cans are frequently shown; apparently, the soft drink is like the water the aliens drink on their home planet. Skittles, Sears, and Wicke's Furniture also make blatant appearances.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A boy is given a mild sedative by a doctor after the boy tells him about the alien he's been seeing around his house.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it