Basically a 95-minute advertisement for McDonalds and Coca-Cola with a plot stolen from E.T. (1982), Mac and Me concerns wheelchair-bound adolescent Michael (Jonathan Ward) who moves to a new city and finds himself meeting up with a strange puppet, sorry . . . alien, named ‘Mac’ (as in “Big” one would assume), who waddles around like E.T.
The puppet, sorry . . . alien, is searching for his parents, who were picked up by a NASA space probe and are now somewhere in California and spend the duration of the movie crawling at a snail’s pace under the glare of the sun, stopping every now and again to emit sounds similar to that of a drunken elephant, making patterns in the air with their extended index finger (did we mention E.T.?)
One of the lead characters spends the entire film in a McDonald’s uniform, there is a ridiculous song and dance sequence which takes place at a McDonald’s restaurant (and features an extended cameo by Ronald McDonald), and the aliens are ultimately saved by drinking Coca Cola.
Since McDonald’s funded, promoted and endorsed Mac and Me – combined with the fact that their logo is shown from beginning to end – it is safe to assume that cast members were bussed in from a local McDonalds restaurant.
That would certainly explain the standard of “acting”.
Ivan J. Rado