Lovely days.. huh ? Because for instance, after 2001, Spielberg himself will make (The War of The Worlds) where E.T. returns bad this time !
The thing about this kind of movies is that it shows the fairytale's sense of prodigy yet in the usual contemporary American suburb, where the middle-class characters live reality without much to imagine.
The best of (Guess Who's Coming for Christmas) or (UFO Café) was its dealing with the resistant neighbors, whom see that dreaming is equivalent to madness! Let alone representing the lead (the middle-aged super cute Richard Mulligan) as a friendly man who still has a childish spirit, still wonders, questions, and dresses like (Abraham Lincoln) in occasions ! (At least he knows who was !) Which's the most memorable line in the movie. It's so similar to another debate in another 80's dreamy dream (Field of Dreams - 1989). I loved too the scene in which (Mulligan) finds no solution better than (Ethel Merman) to escape from the police interrogation. There are no chases, hot thrill, or even big special effects. This one has a tender personality of its own. You'd love the ending too, it's so symbolic when it comes to the movie's core and its real message.
You've got to recall else (E.T. - 1982), the second segment of (Twilight Zone: The Movie - 1983), or movies like (Cocoon - 1985), (Batteries not included - 1987). Actually, there are all representing the era's lovely manifesto. As life can literally end if one stops dreaming, or how you become old already if you let your habitual reality beats you, and cancels your own incredible individualism. It assures that the dream is something out of this world (aka metaphorically : aliens). And if you give your dream much faith and fight for it, it might come true and equal your love at the end miraculously.
It's delightful movie. One plain TV production that's perfect as my afternoon one. It's kind of rare now to watch anything like it by Hollywood's movies or TV.