E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote   

Summary - An extra-terrestrial is accidentally left behind on Earth and is befriended by a young boy and his brother and sister. As Elliot attempts to help his extra-terrestrial companion contact his home planet so that he might be rescued, the children must elude scientists and government agents determined to apprehend the alien for their own purposes...which results in an adventure greater than any of them could have imagined.

Cautions - Some language and thematic elements

Commentary - "There are classic films that leave a lasting mark and some that leave an enduring legacy. Then there are those special few that leave a mark, a legacy and, somehow, something even greater. Something more palpable and timeless. Something almost indescribable. Something that washes over its faithful fans; a warm, refreshing wave of nostalgia so pure and tangible that it transforms a beloved movie into an experience akin to coming home.

"For children of the '80s and early '90s, Steven Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is more than a mere movie. Reducing its charm to the word "mark" or its appeal to the word "legacy" seems feeble and feels impersonal. And for a film whose heart still beats strong some thirty years after its debut, for a film Spielberg still considers his most personal, for a film audiences of all ages still call one of their personal favorites, feeble and impersonal just won't do. I won't pretend 21st century kids will develop the same deep appreciation and affection for E.T. as children of my generation, nor do I expect them to so easily look past its less than seamless special effects. But E.T. remains as funny, thrilling, touching and powerful today as it was in 1982, and it would be tough for anyone -- young or old, boy or girl, newcomer or longtime fan -- to come away without having laughed, gasped, cried or cheered, for the first time or the hundredth."
- Kenneth Brown


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