Saw it in the theater in 1982.
Thought it stunk then.
Still think it stinks.
I skipped seeing it in 1982 because it sounded like a stinker. For the 30th Anniversary, I’m going to celebrate by skipping it again!
I’m with you.
I liked ‘The close encounter of the 3rd kind’, compared to E.T. And I watched reruns of it, but never E.T.
I saw it when I was 3, in fact it’s the first movie I actually have a memory of seeing in the theater. Maybe I was just the right age for the film, because I thought it was decent.
Years later, we watched a dubbed version in German class, and I have to say, it was hilarious then. In German, the relatively simple phrase “ET phone home” becomes “Eh Teh Telephonieren Nach Hause”, which pretty much sent the entire classroom into fits of laughter.
The only funnier thing from German class was when the teacher brought in some German Peanuts cartoons, and in one panel, Snoopy declares that he can do something “hundschenschtil”, which we quickly deduced was the German phrase for “doggystyle”. Everyone in class remembered that vocabulary word!
Atari lost it's ass on their video game of ET.
There were other factors, but they ended up dumping 5million of them in the desert.