If you're not familiar with it, here's the synopsis:
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.
If you're wondering why I cut and paste the movie synopsis from E.T.'s IMDB page, its because this movie is a total ripoff of that. And that's all you need to know.
This movie will tell you that its good natured and often funny. This is not the case.
A NASA probe came and sucked them up. That's how they came to Earth. Trust me, its just as stupid as it sounds.
Mac and Me felt that Elliott from E.T. wasn't sympathetic enough, so we have Eric, who is in a wheelchair and who's father has just passed away. What happened, you ask? Given how horrifying these aliens are, apparently the movie thought we'd be dealing with enough as it was.
...and off a cliff.
No one drinks anything but Coke.
The aliens will never leave...now that they've found Coke.
Quick! No time to waste - pump these aliens full of Coke, STAT!
It didn't stop with Coke. McDonald's got itself a full 15 minute commercial halfway through this movie.
This film had no good intentions. NONE.
Should you have a fear of clowns, the sound of Ronald McDonalds' laughter will grip your soul and take you to a deep dark place.
And then the product placements just got weird....
Secondly, people have two reactions upon seeing them. Casual observance and hysteria....
Queue the security guard with an actual gun. The alien responds by taking the gun and discharging it in a store full of adults and children, putting the whole "good natured and often funny romp" claim into question.
The conflict gets taken outside where, logically, more shots are fired which causes the supermarket and a nearby gas station to explode. Eric is caught int he explosion and dies.
Also, Eric may be revived from the dead, but that doesn't mean he gets his legs back.
Here's what I imagine the last page of the script reads:
"Our family drives off, looking all American (1950s) and ready to move on with the next phase - everyone will no doubt accept them and not even question what lurks under their weirdly fitting clothes."
You're welcome, America.