Saturday May 15 @ 10:45 - E.T. RIP-OFFS NIGHT
(feat Mac and Me)
Every major hit spawns a wave of rip-offs, so it was a natural that record-setting box office smash E.T. would spawn a universe of mewling extra-terrestrial offspring. It's a testimony to the original's delicate alchemy (how difficult it was to create a truly adorable alien) that the batallion of E.T. ripoffs is populated with a freakshow of failed cloning mutations that would terrify Dr. Moreau. Well, the tent is open! Come on by and gaze upon a video mix of the saddest group of (un)lovable friends from the sky, each more wrong-headed and misshapen than the last.
Then we watch the Big Kahuna of E.T.'s dark doppelgangers, Mac And Me. Like rat poison or Clorox bleach, this film should be put on a high shelf, well out of childrens' reach. It's sleazily cheap, riotously inept and creatively bankrupt -- it's not even harmless! Some films have product placements, but this movie is a fucking feature-length commercial for McDonald's; with a trailer introduced by Ronald McDonald (watch above), you can bet the film's quasi-lovable alien wasn't the only "Mac" the producers wanted kids to fall in love with. And Mac and Me doesn't just limit its life lessons to the joys of breakdancing in a franchise burger joint, for it also details the life-giving nutritional properties of Skittles and Coca-Cola. We're lovin' it!
Mac and Me // Dir. Stewart Raffill // 1988 // 35mm // 95 min.
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036