Janet Cruise (Christine Ebersole), mum of Michael Cruise (Jonathan Ward) and Eric Cruise (Jade Calegory) couldn't really have viewed the new house - including the backyard in particular - before the three of them moved there. This is certainly evident as the property in Hacienda Heights, an LA suburb, appears to have an adjoining hillside that proves perilous to Eric who's confined to a wheelchair. Well one day he hears Mac whistling not that far away, so Eric leans forwards while wheeling himself along, next minute his wheelchair succumbs to gravity, so Eric zooms down the hill, off a cliff and into a lake. Fortunately the little girl Debbie (Lauren Stanley) who lives next door, witnesses Eric's antics, screams for help from the cliff top and so Janet and Michael come running to the scene. Even more fortunately - after much hesitation - Mac who was hanging around on the shore, jumps into the lake and pushes Eric out. He'd been apparently strapped in the whole time and so remained in his wheelchair. However this also nearly caused Eric to drown, but he really fought to keep himself afloat and - like I said - Mac pushed him out. See more »
When the little girl sucks Mac into the vacuum and gets flung around the room, a track that goes up the wall, across the ceiling, down the other wall and across the floor is visible for the entire scene. See more »
[yelling to Eric after he falls off a cliff in his wheelchair]
Swim to the side Eric! Swim!
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Hey everyone, dance party at McDonald's; let's go!
The dance party scene was such subtle product placement. I can't say why exactly, but for some reason I was left craving a Big Mac after watching the movie. Hmmm....
If anyone can watch the dance scene and tell me exactly why it was in the movie, I would love to hear it. Also perplexing were the jogging scene with musical score (even Phil Collins at his worst would have been an improvement) and the cameo by that annoying red-headed kid from 'Different Strokes'. Perhaps someone who has watched the movie repeatedly and considers it a cult favorite could enlighten us....?
I do like the fact that the producers cast a kid in a wheelchair as the star, but the writing was awful and the plot was laughably bad. It was an ET knock-off right up to the end, where you will find a shocking conclusion rivaled only by "The Usual Suspects"!
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