E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a Steven Spielberg fantasy about a troubled boy, his alien, a landline, and Reese’s Pieces product placement. Plus, it was an early role for Drew Barrymore.
My earliest childhood memories, or at least one Brady Bunch episode, had primed me for the day that I was to see my first drive-in movie.
I vaguely remember watching the film… Elliott and his little monkey flying around on a bike, and the shocking scene (shocking to my innocent ears at the time) when Elliott called his brother “penis breath”.
Otherwise, I was wrapped up in the playground under the screen, a bunch of trips to the concession stand, and a bit of “Peeping Tom” on the high school kids in their parent’s cars.
Everything I had imagined about the drive-in theater had come to life, and it was amazing.
Not for long, though. It was later announced that the site would be demolished at the end of the summer to make way for another strip mall or something.
In a time before I journeyed into the world in search of more complicated things, nothing ever felt better than that sticky August movie night.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is available on Amazon in Blu-Ray, DVD, and Amazon Instant Video.