The Goonies | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Release Date: 7 June 1985 (USA)
Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Robert Davi
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1hr 54min

Plot Summary:

Mikey has a problem. His home in the Goon Docks area of Oregon is facing foreclosure, and his parents can’t afford to stop it. He meets with his friends, a group of misfits who call themselves The Goonies, for one last weekend together. While goofing around at home, they go up to the attic, where Mikey finds a gold doubloon and an old treasure map leading to the legendary treasure of pirate One-Eyed Willy. After eluding his older brother Brandon, Mikey and his friends Data, Mouth, and Chunk set off in search of the treasure.

Meanwhile, notorious crime family the Fratellis have recently escaped from jail, and are hiding out in an abandoned restaurant that the gang is led to by the map. The kids run into Brandon, along with cheerleader Andy, and her friend Stef. Together they all explore the restaurant after the Fratellis leave, and hide in the tunnels below on their return. Chunk goes for help, while the gang explores the tunnel, discovering they are beneath a wishing well. Mikey is convinced they’re on the right track, so they continue on their adventure.

Chunk is intercepted and captured by the Fratellis, who lock him in the restaurant basement with deformed sibling Sloth and set off after the others. Sloth and Chunk become friends and head after the group. With the Fratellis closing in, the Goonies hurry through the booby traps, and discover One-Eyed Willy’s pirate ship, full of treasure. They stock up but are interrupted and threatened by the Fratellis. Just then Sloth and Chunk show up, subdue the criminals, and the group makes their escape.

Heading through a gap in the cliff wall, they reach the bay and land on the beach, where the police and their parents show up. The Fratellis break free but are apprehended by the police, and the country club owners show up, demanding Mikey’s parents sign for the foreclosure. Just as his father is about to sign, they discover a marble bag full of precious gems and tear up the paperwork. Everyone looks on in awe, as One-Eyed Willy’s ship turns into the bay, and heads across the open horizon of the ocean.

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Review:

Some movies just come along and define a generation, and The Goonies is one such flick. It’s the film that always makes us wish we were 11-years-old again. The ultimate coming of age adventure movie, with a cool gang that we desperately wanted to be part of! This movie defined the childhood of so many people and remains a timeless classic for many of us. Sentiment, nostalgia, and the personality of youth are some of the core aspects that make this such an iconic film.

This fantastical adventure about some kids who go in search of buried pirate treasure to save their home is one for all ages. What makes this film special is the high-energy performances of the fantastic kids in the movie. The story captures the imagination, and takes us on a journey of life, love, self-discovery, and triumph over the odds. In fact, this movie actually has a lot of Stephen King hallmarks, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was adapted from one of his books. By the end you’ll be fist-pumping and cheering at the screen – you just see if you don’t!

With a lively script by Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and fun direction from Richard Donner, The Goonies is a thrilling ride, full of pirate gold, water slides, the ‘truffle shuffle,’ and more booby traps than Indiana Jones could shake a whip at! Sure, some elements of the movie might raise a few eyebrows these days, such as the 1-dimensional female characters, and the poking fun at the fat kid. But, when a movie is this fun and spell-binding, it’s difficult to look at the negative aspects.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, you’ll live the adventure along with them. This is the perfect movie to make you feel like a kid again – and remember, “Goonies never say die!”