Sunday, March 31, 2002

ET, The Extra-Terrestrial (IMDB) (Netflix)
A boy and his alien ("I'm keeping him"). This is the 20th anniversary edition, with an new scene or two, some small fixes of special effects that didn't work so well back then, and a kow-tow to political correctness (guns are replaced with walkie-talkies). As with his earlier Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Spielberg's government starts out as a menacing, ominous force and ends up a mostly benign, if not particularly effective, presence, requiring the boy, Elliott, to take matters into his own hands.

Worth seeing again, and taking the kids, who will enjoy their movie counter-parts conquering their fears and enriching the lives of others, whatever their DNA looks like. Drew Barrymore's second picture, and the cute little girl that Elliot kisses in school grows up to be Playboy Playmate and Baywatch babe Erika Eleniak.