Parents' Guide to

Mac and Me

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

So-bad-it's-good "E.T." rip-off; lots of product placement.

Movie PG 1988 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Amazing must watch

The movie is amazing it is even better than et we love the movie. We meet the director soon he is so happy to meet our family it is the best. We watched it and think the voice acting and every thing is so good. It’s a family must see. You should watch it a lot it is a fun movie. Kinda like et. It is so very so cool i love this movie Mac and me it has a great storyline it is so good we love alien. Movies the best part of the movie is the chase scene i like it it is so good and i like it. We love this movie it should be a fun family movie night when you watch this it reminds us of Star Wars. The animation is amazing but the worst part is the mars part. I want you to watch this i hope you found this Mac and me movie review help full my uncle loves it. So watch it pls pls please please 🙏 do🔫👇🏽🙌👄😿🫀😿👥😿👥😿👥🫂😿 watch it you will love it thx for looking at my review bye.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 5+

Love the 80’s, McDonald’s, Coca Cola and hilariously bad movies with massive budgets? You’ll love this!

This movie is the best movie to ever get a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s so bad, it’s amazing! I definitely recommend watching it with friends, then quoting it for days upon days as terrible inside jokes. You can get a lot of mileage out of a movie like this. Also, google “Paul Rudd Conan O’Brien Mac and Me”- you’ll definitely find an entertaining waste of your time with the results!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (12):

If you like kitschy '80s movies of the so-bad-they're-good variety, then MAC AND ME is as ridiculous as you can get. The acting is terrible, the storyline takes bizarre turns (for instance, when Mac the alien escapes a pack of neighborhood dogs by climbing to the top of a tree, we hear an '80s-style love ballad), and the product placement in this E.T. knockoff -- while clearly intended to make the viewer crave Big Macs, Coke Classic, and Skittles -- merely add to the absurdity. At least the filmmakers had the good sense to not make Eric's wheelchair fly like Elliot's BMX bike in a remarkably similar chase scene.

As long as you go into this with the right attitude -- knowing that Mac and Me isn't Citizen Kane by any stretch (or E.T.), families who find humor in kitsch should find much to enjoy with this one, in spite of its sheer awfulness. It's as '80s as big hair and acid-washed Guess jeans, and you might find some nostalgia in the stink of this movie.

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