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In E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, the titular character acts pretty immaturely at times.

For example, he

  • follows a random, obviously planted candy trail, on a hostile planet,

    Elliot leaving a trail of Reese's Pieces

  • drinks alcohol without understanding the repercussions,

    E.T. drinking beer

  • and gets super-emotionally invested in a movie, to the point of subconsciously using a psychic link to get someone to recreate a scene from it.

    Elliot kissing his classmate

Canonically, was he young or immature, or was he just a member of a fairly naïve species?

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    1. Who doesn't eat trails of mysterious candy? 2. His planet probably doesn't have Coors, so he didn't know it was alcohol (because he clearly didn't know that Coors is terrible). 3. This site is full of people who are strangely emotionally invested in movies. Your name is "Rogue Jedi" for that very reason. I don't see the problem here. :P – Wad Cheber stands with Monica May 22 '16 at 1:03
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    These people do that without anyone psychically forcing them to do so. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica May 22 '16 at 1:06
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    None of this establishes that he was immature. He's clearly naive about Earth culture, just like you're (presumably) naive about what life is like on his planet. Unless you travel more than I suspect. – Molag Bal May 22 '16 at 1:11
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    <Stops eating trail of Reese's Pieces found on floor and looks up> Wha? I mean, yeah, of course people don't really eat obviously planted trails of candy. Why would anyone be that stu- <trap falls on head> – Wad Cheber stands with Monica May 22 '16 at 1:13
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    "follows a random candy trail, on a hostile planet," If he was psychic he probably judged danger according to sensing the mind of a predator (psychically). Since the kid meant him no harm, and was actually asleep if my recollection of the scene is correct (have not seen the entire movie), he would've sensed no danger - and been correct about that. ..just musing. – Andrew Thompson May 22 '16 at 1:21
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He's ten million years old.

From the novelisation by William Kotzwinkle (emphasis mine):

The planet was unspeakably strange. He was ten million years old and had been a great many places, but he'd never encountered anything as complicated as this. Overwhelmed, he crept away, needing to rest his brain in the vegetable patch. He slumped down next to a cabbage and lowered his head. It was all over.

I've also read that he's actually relatively young among members of his species, but can't find a canonical quote for this (I don't actually have the book to hand, although I read it several years ago).

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