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Benign, vegetarian Bigfoot pays a sitcom visit to a sitcom household in a sitcom suburb of Seattle after being run over by sitcom dad's car. So what ever happened to Tennysonian nature red in tooth and claw? Director William Dear (Timerider), under the Disney-like auspices of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, pays homage to anthropomorphic fashion with his antihunting, happiness-is-a-warm-Bigfoot theme, though if ever there were a dumb animal in need of quick dispatch, this is it. As the predictably ineffectual father, John Lithgow learns every trite humanizing lesson possible from his cuddly fur-ball guest (despite the latter's penchant for totaling furniture and crashing unceremoniously through floors), though the rest of the family already know what dad has to find out the hard way: it's part of their E.T. heritage, the superior understanding that comes with Spielbergian innocence and awe. Survival of the fittest indeed; somebody haul this carcass away. With Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick, Don Ameche, David Suchet, and Kevin Peter Hall.

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