Alienated Audiences of the 1980s

Posted in Reel Chat on 12 Apr by Michael T.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982.  It was greeted by a tsunami of money so violent it caused other studios to jealously raise their fists and greenlight any child fantasy films they had in their stables. From The Never Ending Story to The Explorers to the Flight of the Navigator everyone wanted a piece of that monetary influx that E.T. brought home. While quality peaked and dipped across different properties, it wasn’t until 1988 that a wilted contender lazily emerged and said just what was on its mind.

Mac and Me Movie still frame of the boy and the alien

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