"Bring the kids, grab some Reese's Pieces and enjoy."
This TV show should have gone off the air a long time ago. My GOD, John Tesh is so vapid and... oops, sorry ... wrong E.T.I was 10 years old when Ol' Golf Club Head first landed in theaters. I left the General Cinema Galvez 3 almost in tears. (And that's definitely something you keep to yourself when you're a 10-year-old boy.) Does E.T. (the Extra-Terrestrial) still pack an emotional wallop today? Well, yeah... sort of.
Just imagine this: You're on a touring bus in the backwoods of Mexico. You get off the bus to walk around a bit, and you find out the bus has left you behind. You're stuck in the middle of nowhere, you don't know a damn thing in Spanish, and the village you come to doesn't even have a single phone.
Well, on a galactic scale, that's the predicament E.T. found himself in. He's stuck on a strange planet, the locals are terrified (though some are curious about this half-pint big-eyed feller), and he's got to learn the local language to get any cooperation from anyone. Fortunately, he runs into the right person... a little kid named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Elliott takes the alien into his home, where his mother (Dee Wallace Stone) isn't too thrilled about the creature, and his little sister (Drew Barrymore, before the alcoholism, nude pool parties and starring opposite Adam Sandler) is downright horrified.
However, E.T. has many things going for him: the ability to levitate objects, the power to heal small cuts and wounds, and the technological know-how to make an intergalactic phone from a Speak-n-Spell and an umbrella. (He must have worked at a Radio Shack-like place on his home planet.) Now, if only he can signal his buddies to return to Earth and pick him up without the Feds and the dissect-crazy scientists getting to him first, he'll be home free.
E.T. is one of the first examples of product placement. As soon as everyone saw Elliott luring E.T. to his house with a trail of Reese's Pieces, Hershey's reported a jump in sales of their M&M knockoffs. Steven Spielberg and everyone else involved did an excellent job in this film. Special tip of the hat to the Animatronics folks for making a realistic (enough) alien being. After a decade and a half, E.T. is still a cool family film that won't disappoint.Not a bad video game, either (if you can remember the E.T. cartridge for the Atari 2600).