E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial

What E.T. did for phones, Elliott did for red zip up hoodies.

Phoooone hoooome.

We’ve all said it. It’s easily one of the most quotable lines of all time. (Seriously, just admit you’ve used this line at least once in your life when you needed to call someone. We won’t judge you.) That little alien botanist won our hearts with his giant, glossy eyes and distended belly in no time flat in 1982. How could you NOT love him?

Spielberg was fresh off Raiders of the Lost Ark (We ♥ Indiana Jones) and hadn’t really dabbled in kid-friendly movies yet, but he decided there was no better time than the present (in 1982), and thus, E.T. was born. Since we were all fresh-off watching Spielberg’s other hit, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, we weren’t really prepared for aliens to be friendly, but there was something special this little, wobbly guy with the glowing red finger.

Starring Henry Thomas as Elliott, Dee Wallace as his incredibly unaware mother (How do you not wonder about the small child with a sheet over him? Aren’t you concerned with who your kid’s hanging out with?), Peter Coyote as the government official with the secret heart of gold, and (of course) Drew Barrymore as the adorable Gertie, E.T. was a fun (though maybe a little terrifying in parts) escape.

Of course the kids take care of the alien and keep him hidden from the government, all while trying to devise a plan to get him back home. And, yes, all ends well… but not before a hairy chase scene, the infamous bike-flying scene, little Gertie screaming her head off at the creature hiding in her dolls and well, and perhaps the most valuable product placement ever (Hello, Reese’s Pieces!)

E.T. was just about perfect– good family fun PLUS the all-important life lesson that maybe aliens aren’t so bad after all.

We ♥ E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.

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~ by weheart80s on January 3, 2011.

One Response to “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial”

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