Yes this movie is somewhat cheesy, but god is there heart. What I love about this movie is it's center around an old couple, we don't get enough movies about the elderly. The little saucers are so cute and I think they effects of them flying around still holds up pretty well. I still get sad when McRae has to give up his little friend at the end, but in a good way.
Our personhood is shaped by a collection of so many events but those encounters that occurred during childhood hold a uniquely important place. This funny little film would probably just seem a goofy relic of 80s popular humanism to a viewer today. But to a kid growing up in the Bronx during the eighties, it was unspeakably beautiful and moving. I lived in a building like that and hoped for the same redemption.