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Mac and Me
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First of all the movie is the most obvious E.T. ripoff ever. (1) A family without a dad and two boys(2)Older brothers name is Michael,(3) Girls name Debbie vs Gerdie, (4) Alien tricked into the house with food/beverage (Coke replaced the Reeses) (5) Alien talks, (6) Chased by the Government, etc. There was even a scene which LOOKED like the playground scene where the van stopped so they could plan.Man I was waiting for the wheelchair to start flying.
After I watched this I felt a sudden need for a value menu at McDonalds with a Coke and some Skittles. The product placement was non stop-always placed in a way the viewer could see perfectly. As the movie was in the final scene I thought the barrage was over until I saw MAC has a MCKIDS shirt and I just started cracking up. For reference you may remember it- the scene where the alien family gets citizenship in the US and then drives a car!
Honestly this movie is only for kids. Any adult would watch that McDonalds dancing scene and know it was cinematic awfulness. Two stars because its honestly in that rare "so bad its good" but only to laugh at and only once.
Well, it isn't. Actually it is almost indescribably awful. Never mind the E.T. cloning job (similar in a way to the roomful of hideous, botched Ripley clones in "Alien Resurrection".) Don't even think twice about the incredible product placement. Those things are too well known to need discussion. What makes this thing so abominable is that the characters are so shallow and the script so idiotic that it's almost impossible to think that the people emoting before the cameras (I won't pollute my keyboard by calling it "acting") didn't realize what cultural sewage they were in up to their hips (or, in Jade's case, knees.)
Truth be told, I found this filmed chunk of vapid stupidity to be so bad that I couldn't watch it in one sitting. I think the fimmakers were deliberately trying to see what they could get away with, and this insult was the result.
I have no idea what motivated these people to sign up. Being in this did nothing for Calegory professionally, and I'm sure Jonathan Ward wished he'd never signed on the line. I'm sure these two are quite successful today in their chosen fields, but whenever the Ur-'80s totally rad older brother appeared toting his all-but-obligatory skateboard or the disabled kid with hair like aluminum rolled-in and spoke in his grating, irritating squeal, all I could think was, "You putz."
By all means, buy it- but do it to add to your bad movie collection. That is its only virtue.
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."
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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I have been looking for this movie for many years. I am so glad I found it!!!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this movie as a kid and now my kids love it, too. I don't care that it's "just an E.T. knock off". Read morePublished 25 days ago by inheaven
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