Study Guide

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Friendship

Friendship

ELLIOTT: You should give him his dignity. This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

Friends don't let friends dress in drag against their will.

ELLIOTT: I want to save you! Let's get out of here! Get out! I gotta let him go!

Elliott may be in science class, but is he really talking about a frog here? For starters, what's all this "Let's" stuff?

MICHAEL: You know, Elliott, he doesn't look to good anymore.

ELLIOTT: Don't say that. We're fine.

Wait—what? When Michael asks Elliott about E.T., Elliott drops a big, fat "we" on him, suggesting Elliott and E.T. share more than just a love of Reese's Pieces.

ELLIOTT: Is he here? You've gotta find him, Mike.

MICHAEL: Where is he?

ELLIOTT: In the forest. The bald spot. You gotta find him

We have two friendships on display here, Shmooper: First, Elliott's spent the night sick and sleeping in the words in a hunchback costume, but the wellbeing of his pal E.T. is the most important thing on his mind. Second, we have Michael's loyalty to Elliott, shown in his understanding of Elliott's concerns and his willingness to help. Sometimes big brothers aren't so bad.

ELLIOTT: We're sick. I think we're dying.

There's that "we" again.

ELLIOTT: Leave him alone! I can take care of him.

Even as he himself is dying and hooked up to a bunch of strange machines, Elliott's a fierce protector of E.T. He's also confident that he knows what's best for him.

KEYS: Elliott, that machine—what does it do?

ELLIOTT: The communicator? Is it still working?

KEYS: It's doing something. What?

ELLIOTT: I really shouldn't tell. He came to me. He came to me.

Elliott remains loyal to E.T. right up to—what appears to be—the end. Keeping secrets from adults? Totally a hallmark of friendship.

ELLIOTT: You must be dead. Because I don't know how to feel. I can't feel anything anymore.

On a scale of 1-10, Elliott and E.T.'s empathetic connection is a 28.

E.T.: Ouch.

E.T.'s an alien of few words, but the words he does use convey a lot. "Ouch" is repeated several times throughout the movie, but never as poignantly as it is at the very end when E.T. is leaving earth. E.T.'s not talking about physical pain—he's talking about heartache. Elliott gets it.

E.T.: I'll be right here.

Each time this statement is uttered in the film, it picks up new significance. At the end, it's basically a friendship bomb, as E.T. promises Elliott that he'll stay in his heart. Cue sobbing.