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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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Cast

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Janet Cruise
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Michael Cruise
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Courtney (as Katrina Caspary)
Lauren Stanley ...
Debbie
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Eric Cruise
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Mitford
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Wickett
Ivan J. Rado ...
Zimmerman
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Jack Jr
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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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PG | See all certifications »

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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 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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A running gag between Paul Rudd and Conan O'Brian is whenever Rudd appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), he likes to show a clip from his newest film, and inevetibly shows a clip from this film, wherein Eric rolls off a cliff and falls into the water. Jennifer Aniston, who made her feature film debut in this movie, went on to costar with Rudd in many projects, including _Object of my Affection (1998)_, Wanderlust (2012), and Friends (1994). Rudd's been doing this joke for many years, even when promoting his film Ant-Man (2015). See more »

Goofs

In the McDonalds scene, drinks are handed out and one falls off the table. The cup is clearly empty. See more »

Quotes

Ronald McDonald: Hiya, kid. How's it going?
Eric Cruise: It's fine.
Ronald McDonald: Nice teddy bear.
[laughs]
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Connections

Referenced in Nikita: Tipping Point (2013) See more »

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Send Out a Signal
Written and Performed by Larry Hart
Produced by Brooks Arthur and Larry Hart
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"Mac" = Cheese.
3 March 2003 | by (NYC 'Burbs) – See all my reviews

I know it's a little silly to write a review of a film 15 years after its release. But this poorly done film made its way onto one of my cable movie channels last night, and I feel the need to have a violent, outward reaction outside of the projectile vomiting I experienced.

People, this film is bad. Really bad. Bad like "Showgirls" bad, where it's so bad, it's both insulting and laughable simultaneously. And forgive me, but anybody who finds this 95-minute commercial for McDonalds and Coca-Cola to be warm-hearted or well done in any way knows not a thing about what makes a movie good, and needs a great deal of emotional counseling.

First, let's reiterate that point about this being an extended commercial. Folks, it is. The product placement in this film is shameless.

Next, there are basic things that make a film "good," like strong acting, a well-written script, superior camerawork or quality special effects. "Mac and Me" has none of these. Wooden posts would have made for better actors. The script clunks and thuds with every ridiculous, uninspired line. And the alien creatures of the film, with their bug-eyes and protruding bellies, look about a life-like as melted candles.

I also have to make a point of just how much of a rip-off of "E.T." this film was. Not only is the plot just a poor carbon copy, but even the title of this attrocity becomes an act of thievery when it's revealed that "Mac" stands for "Mysterious Alien Creature." I'm not even the biggest fan of uber-cutesy "E.T." either, but at least there the attempts at manipulation are somewhat subtle. Here, the filmmakers fell just short of subtitles at the bottom of the screen that said "LAUGH HERE" and/or "CRY NOW."

And the cherry atop Stewart Rafill's bile sundae? The scene inside a McDonald's (Our aforementioned sponsor) when normal, everyday patrons suddenly and spontaneously spring to life into a choreographed dance sequence. Yeh, that happens at the Greasy Mac's on Route 1 near my house every freakin' day.

Saps only will buy into laughable hunk of junk... for the rest of you out there, I recommend this movie only if you're looking for new additions to your Ten Worst List.


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