And at the end of the story there was a tear in Melissa's eye. It was hot, it was dusty, it was broad daylight. I was amazed that anyone could sweat in the dry heat, let alone produce one tear. I said something like, "Is something in your eye?" And she said, "That's beautiful, that's great." And I said instantly - I'm very impulsive about these things - "Would you write it?" And she said, "No, no, no - I've retired. I'm writing something I've been working on for 8, 10 weeks. I've hit a wall and I can't write anymore; I've got to get away from writing; I can't write." It took me a week to convince Melissa to do the movie. I even worked on Harrison.Q: The view of life that comes out is not candy-striped in any way. In the movie, you do see suburbia as warm and inviting, yet the fact remains that if Elliott, the kid, with his parents' separation and his brother getting uppity and his sister getting all the attention - if he hadn't met E.T. he'd have been one lonely kid.