"He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home."
One night an unidentified flying object lands on Earth, and the passengers venture out of their spaceship to discover the Earth. And as human beings approach on them, they scramble to get back inside the comfort of their own spaceship, the only problem being that they have left one of their fellow beings behind.
As this has happened, a little boy, Elliott, wanders outside and soon discovers this little creature. His first feeling of this alien is fear, but he becomes accustomed to this little fellow, and they become friends.
Elliott tries to keep this creature, now named E.T. (for extra terrestrial of course) a secret, but soon all of his family finds out about E.T.'s presence. When the mother finds out, she freaks and calls the authorities when she sees a dying alien in her bathroom. From then on, Elliott attempts to set his friend free so he can go back to his home and succeeds.
This movie is very touching. It also presents many messages to the audience. It reinforces that even if we do not know someone, their culture, or anything about them, we should welcome them and attempt to become friends with them. The friendship between Elliott and E.T. is fun to watch, and to see E.T. being taken away from Elliott is heartbreaking. And how can anybody forget the famous line, "E.T. phone home"? This movie is one for all ages, not just kids!