• Released
  • August 12, 1988
  • PG , 1 hr 33 min
  • Children's Fantasy
    Sci-Fi Comedy

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mac and Me is a wonderfully bad slice of 1980s kitsch. It's an obvious E.T. rip-off; the acting is bad across the board; and there are plenty of scenes that will leave everyone scratching their heads. Oh, and the product placement is as obnoxious and tacky as you can get. That said, fans of the so-bad-it's-good school of movie watching will find much to enjoy in the cheese and the awfulness. On a serious note: In the film, a boy in a wheelchair loses control and rolls downhill off a cliff and into water where he nearly drowns. This might be a bit much for younger viewers, especially any who know kids in wheelchairs.
  • Families can talk about product placement in movies. What's the intent of the companies who have their products placed in movies?
  • Movies about aliens landing on earth and meeting humanity are common. What similarities and differences do you see between Mac and Me and other movies with similar themes?
  • How accurately do you think the film portrays the life of a typical suburban boy using a wheelchair?
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