Strong messages of friendship, loyalty, trust, and sacrifice, as exemplified by Elliott and E.T.'s unique relationship. Themes include compassion, communication, and empathy.
Most of the violence is from the government agents pursuing E.T. and eventually capturing him. There are several scenes of E.T. and the characters screaming in horror, usually because they have just encountered each other. In one particularly upsetting sequence, E.T. gets ghostly pale and looks like he's about to die or actually has died. In another scene, men try to stop E.T. and the kids from escaping.
Elliott, while under the influence of his connection with E.T. (who is watching a couple kiss in a movie), kisses a young girl in his class.
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.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
E.T. drinks beer and gets tipsy, which affects Elliott through their special connection. Elliott starts to act drunk while at school.