Strong messages of friendship, loyalty, trust, and sacrifice, as exemplified by Elliott and E.T.'s unique relationship. Themes include compassion, communication, and empathy.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Brief but strong for young audiences: "s--t," "damn," "Oh my God!," "son of a bitch," plus insults like "penis breath," "stupid," etc.
One of the most successful and memorable product placements in movie history: Reese's Pieces. Also, Elliott has Star Wars figures and memorabilia (which is not surprising considering director George Lucas is Spielberg's close pal). Coke, Head and Shoulders shampoo, Coors beer and Pez dispensers are also featured.
Ease of Play
E.T. drinks beer and gets tipsy, which affects Elliott through their special connection. Elliott starts to act drunk while at school.