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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mac and Me [1988]

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Director:Stewart Raffill
Writer:Steve Feke
Stewart Raffill
Composer:Alan Silvestri
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:8.7/10
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Synopsis: In part one of a Gauntlet six-movie binge, Jonah and the bots take on the 1988 film Mac and Me: an alien is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy while trying to escape from NASA.


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Stewart Raffill => Director / Writer
Steve Feke => Writer
Alan Silvestri => Composer
Christine Ebersole => Janet Cruise
Elena Moure => Mars Mother
George 'Buck' Flower => Security Guard
Heather Green => Mars Sister
Ivan J. Rado => Zimmerman
Jack David Walker => Mars Father
Jade Calegory => Eric Cruise
Jennifer Aniston => Dancer in McDonald's (uncredited)
Jonathan Ward => Michael Cruise
Laura Waterbury => Linda
Lauren Stanley => Debbie
Martin West => Wickett
Nikki Cox => Dancer (uncredited)
Squire Fridell => Ronald McDonald (as Ronald McDonald)
Tina Caspary => Courtney (as Katrina Caspary)
Vinnie Torrente => Mitford

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The close shot of Eric as he slides off the hill and falls into the lake below mirrors a similar scene from Predator (1987) where Dutch Schaefer slides and falls into a river.
  • Audiences throughout the country were so outraged at the last 5 minutes, especially when Mac blew the bubblegum saying, "We'll Be Back", that most booed during the end credits.
  • M.A.C. is an acronym for Mysterious Alien Creature.
  • As a criticism of the film's gratuitous product placements, the Razzies awarded [?] Ronald McDonald the prize of Worst New Star. As of 2020, Ronald is the only fictional character to win a Razzie.
  • Part of the film's box-office intake was donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
  • Kim Basinger and Anjelica Huston were each offered the female lead role. Both declined.
  • Coca Cola and McDonalds backed the movie, thus the numerous references to both of those products.
  • This film ends with a freeze frame and the superimposed title "We'll be back!" It was such a dismal box office failure that the proposed sequel was never made.
  • The McDonald's scenes were all shot in City of Industry, CA, just outside Los Angeles. The set was a real-life McDonald's built specifically for crew member training and television commercials. Everything inside worked, but it never served a real customer. When it wasn't being used, it was locked up behind a chain link fence. It was torn down and rebuilt in 2006.
  • The highest-budget film that MST3K has riffed, after Marooned (1969)
  • Jade Calegory has spina bifida, and uses a wheelchair in real life.
  • Whenever Paul Rudd appeared on [Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)], he likes to show a clip from his newest film, and inevitably shows a clip of Eric rolling off a cliff and falling into the water. Rudd has done the joke for many years, even when promoting Ant-Man (2015).
  • The movie's ending mirrors a similar ending from another family science fiction comedy movie that came out the same year - Short Circuit 2 (1988). Eric's revival and MAC and his family becoming American citizens.