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Mac and Me (1988)

An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.

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2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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... Janet Cruise
... Michael Cruise
... Courtney (as Katrina Caspary)
Lauren Stanley ... Debbie
... Eric Cruise
... Mitford
... Wickett
Ivan J. Rado ... Zimmerman
... Jack Jr
... Linda
Jack Eiseman ... Splatter Car Driver
Barbara Allyne Bennet ... Scientist
Richard Bravo ... Mover #1
Gary Brockette ... Doctor #2
Sherri Stone Butler ... Checkout Girl
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An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.

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Eric's new in the neighborhood. Mac's new on the planet. See more »


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MGM [United States]

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12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi amigo Mac  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,424,112
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1.85 : 1
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The McDonalds scenes were all shot in City of Industry, CA, just outside Los Angeles. The set was a real-life McDonald's built specifically for crew member training and filming television commercials. Everything inside worked, but it never served a real customer. When it wasn't being used, it was locked up behind a chain link fence. It has since been torn down, then in 2006 was rebuilt but has never been open to the public. See filming locations for the exact address. See more »

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Near the start of the movie, a cameraman reflected in glass screen at the Army lab. See more »

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Eric Cruise: Hey, look at all the cars! Pretty nice...
Janet Cruise: Pretty nice.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Don't Go in the Woods... Alone! (2013) See more »

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Waves
Performed by Debbie Lytton
Written by Marti Sharron and Glen Ballard
Produced by Marti Sharron and Michael Lloyd
Arranged by Michael Lloyd (uncredited)
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Oh my, my, my...
26 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Okay, I'm going to assume the makers of this film knew they were making a cheap knock-off of the infinitely better E.T., and anyone who does not agree with me on this should have their brains examined. Look at the facts people! The plot is essentially the same: Weird looking alien gets separated from family and happens upon a family where the kids take him in. Then there's the fact that the dad in the family is gone (dead? divorcee? the movie never explains), and that the older brother is named MICHAEL! We get a cute little girl to play the Drew Barrymore character, there are government agents trying to find the alien, but in the end the finale is totally different (albeit ridiculous, but more on that later). But, to give the film credit, it is hilarious. I loved how the Mom assumed her handicapped, wheelchair-bound son Eric had somehow dragged plants into the house. And we can't forget the grossly obvious product placement (apparently the aliens drink Coke on their planet), the insanely ugly main character MAC (a name which is never actually used in the film I think), and a very 1980's dance contest in the middle of McDonald's. Getting back to the aliens: who the heck came up with their design? They are INSANELY unappealing and ugly. Granted, E.T. wasn't exactly beautiful, but he's Carmen Electra compared to the silly putty potato sack that is MAC. Oh, and I couldn't help but study the scene where the aliens first break out of the NASA satellite since it is so similar to the scene in Independece Day. Think about it: the government agents are peering through the glass window, trying to get a good look at what is making the scientists freak out through a haze of smoke, when the alien jumps out at them. It's weird, let me tell ya. And I swear, if I had heard Michael screech, "They're not gonna hurt anyone!" ONE MORE TIME...rrr. Just what made these aliens so innocent, anyway? Their electrical powers destory everything in their path, and they blow up a supermarket! Sure, they brought Eric back to life after they BLEW UP THE SUPERMARKET, but you would think someone else died in that explosion (which you really have to see to believe). Other great moments?

* Three bad '80s tunes in the span of 15 minutes. * The fact that none of the scenes had anything to do with the rest of the film. For example: MAC somehow hijacks a toy truck and gets chased by dogs. Another example: The hilarious scene where Eric's wheelchair goes out of control and flies down a ravine (!!!!!), leading his Mom to think he's suicidal (actual dialogue: Why would he do something like this???"). * Gigantic boom box and break dancers! YES! * The final scene, which defies comprehension.

I can best compare this movie to Teen Witch, another ridiculous 80's family film. Although I would have to say that Mac and Me is the more insane feature. 4/4 for hilarity, 1/4 for quality.


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