E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is the 356th episode of Screen Junkies comedy series Honest Trailers. It was written by Spencer Gilbert, Joe Starr, Danielle Radford and Lon Harris. It was narrated by Jon Bailey as Epic Voice Guy. It parodies the 1982 science fiction film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, as well as the 1988 comic science fiction film Mac and Me. It was published on July 28, 2020, as part of Blockbuster Summer, a special run of episodes in which Screen Junkies turned their attention to blockbusters both old and new. It is 4 minutes and 3 seconds long. It has been viewed over 100,000 times.
This summer, we're getting honest about summer blockbusters past and present. This is Honest Trailers: Blockbuster Summer.
From peak Spielberg comes a masterpiece of visual filmmaking that works on every possible level to create an all-time classic film. (MAC rolls into the street and gets flattened against a truck's windshield) Hey, stay focused; that was from Mac and Me. (E.T. throws a can at the TV)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Get on your bikes and ride for one of the most uplifting stories ever told about a co-dependent relationship, where a stranded alien stalks a child (both E.T. and Elliott scream upon first seeing each other), forges a physical-emotional link without his consent (E.T. falls over as Elliott collapses in school), and puts him through unfathomable pain unless he helps him go home.
Elliott: He needs to go home...
To be fair, he's not as bad as the Mac and Me aliens; those things are just monsters. (montage of MAC and his family wreaking havoc) Sorry; just can't stop thinking about Mac and Me. Movie really sticks with you.
Follow along with this ugly, old, wrinkly, trashcan-looking-ass alien that pulls off the impossible trick of making you love him despite his horrible face and disgustingly long salad fingers. Then, once you learn to look past all that and open your heart, watch him slowly die! And I mean "die" die! Like, "put him in a bag" dead! The only thing that could've been more of a gut punch is if they killed his entire family. (shots of MAC and his family lying completely still) (whispering) This is what I see when I close my eyes at night...
Enjoy this simple film, told with such detail, craft, and subtlety, it's become an iconic text about childhood. And while Mac and Me is also about a stranded alien who befriends a child with a name that starts with "E" who lives in California with a hardworking single mother and an older brother named Michael, who's lured out of hiding by a trail of snacks left by a boy who stays home sick from school, and when the government is on his tail, they dress him up in a costume, leading agents to chase the kid through the neighborhood, but the mom sells them out, then the kid almost dies until the alien heals him (montage of shots illustrating the comparison between the two films), the difference is, E.T. is good...
E.T.: (to Gertie) Be... good...
...while only Mac and Me has an eight-minute-long dance sequence in a McDonald's. (shows a clip of the McDonald's dance scene) Your hero is in a wheelchair! Why would you do this?!
So whether you want a children's fantasy come to life in a groundbreaking work of movie magic, or the movie equivalent of your mom buying you the wrong toy for Christmas; the film that gave us the breakout role for Drew Barrymore, or the first role of Jennifer Aniston? (an IMDb page pops up listing Jennifer Aniston as "Dancer in McDonald's (uncredited)") -- Guys, I'm not lying! (an arrow points to a girl dancing) Is that her? I think. -- check out either the film that should've won Best Picture that year, or the film that had a profit-sharing agreement with a charity, but flopped so hard, they couldn't pay them a cent. (as MAC and his family drive away, a pink word balloon pops up with the words "We'll be back!") No. No, you will not.
Starring: Home Aphone (Henry Thomas as Elliott); Drew Barrym-Awww (Drew Barrymore as Gertie); Representation for the Disabled Community (Jade Calegory as Eric Cruise); Misrepresentation of Native Americans (Lauren Stanley as Debbie); Keys Keys Keys, Keys on Bad Guys (shots of both films featuring a government agent having a keychain hang out of their pockets); How to Disguise Your Stuntmen (C. Thomas Howell as Tyler, Sean Frye as Steve, and K. C. Martel as Greg, wearing various face-covering objects) (shot of obvious stuntmen on bikes); Botanicus? Is That You? (E.T. in front of his spaceship); A Literal Fleshlight (E.T.'s glowing fingertip); Five Nights at Freddy's (MAC dancing while disguised as a bear); Marooned with Children (MAC's family); A Wrinkle in Slime (Pat Welsh as E.T.); and Fetus the Slack Jawed Yokel (MAC).
A.T.H.F.: Awkward Tween Hunger Force
Sorry we kinda bait-and-switched you with this one, but E.T. is pretty much flawless. Here, we'll leave you with a deleted Ant-Man scene from Avengers: Endgame. Cool? (Eric rides down a hill in his wheelchair, but can't stop. He falls over the edge into the water below as MAC watches. The audience of Conan applauds with Conan O'Brien and Paul Rudd trying to hold their laughter.)
Viewer's Comments Edit
In honor of Sir Ian Holm, please say, "And he lived happily ever after, to the end of his days." - O-Dog
Say "Choose yooour destinyyy!" in your Mortal Kombat voice. - Jason Carter
- The first comment on the viewer's comments pays tribute to Ian Holm, best known for his roles as Ash in Alien and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, who passed away on June 19, 2020 at the age of 88 due to complications from Parkinson's disease.
Production Credits Edit
Produced by: Spencer Gilbert & Joe Starr
Edited by: Kevin Williamsen
Post-Production Supervisor: Emin Bassavand
Supervising Producer: Max Dionne
Associate Producer: Ryan O'Toole
Executive Producer: Roth Cornet