An Oldie But Goodie

Today I saw a movie I have not seen or really given any thought to for quite some time. I saw the 1985 classic film The Goonies. I saw it in Fallston where it was playing for a $3 ticket deal. So I decided to go. I gotta say, with all the language involved and some innuendos I am kind of amazed the got away with only a PG rating. But then again it was made in the 1980s…

The Goonies has a great cast, first off. The movie features a very young Sean Aston and Corey Feldman. The movie also has Josh Brolin. Goonies follows Mikey and his misfit gang of friends called The Goonies. (Go figure…) Mikey and his gang find a treasure map in the attic. It turns out the map belonged to a pirate named One-Eyed Willie. So the Goonies decide to head out and find the treasure for themselves to save their parents’ homes from land developers.

The Goonies come across a restaurant owned by the criminal gang the Fratellis. The Fratelli family are on the lam from breaking out of jail and are none too pleased that the Goonies found their hideout. Chunk, one of the gang, is eventually captured by the Fratelli’s. He is thrown into a “dungeon” in the basement. There he finds probably the most famous character in the film: Sloth. Sloth is a deformed “person” (I think he is a person) who is chained up. Chunk is terrified by Sloth at first…until he gives Sloth a Baby Ruth candy bar.

The way to One-Eyed Willie’s treasure is not easy. It is full of danger and booby traps. These include a pit of spikes, falling boulders, the kids being shot at by the Fratelli family, and a room where you need to play human bones to a certain tune or the room will disintegrate. That plus they say “Shit” quite a few times in the film, along with some other minor profanities. I have a feeling if the movie were to be released today, it’d probably be PG13.

Back to the movie…it is actually difficult to explain the premise of The Goonies without giving away major spoilers or plot points. But all I will say is, The Goonies is chock full of quotes that people still use today. One in particular, “HEY YOU GUYS!” has been immortalized in pop culture. Hell, it was even referenced in Family Guy at one point. That and the Truffle Shuffle are iconic in film history at this point. The Goonies is so iconic, even Bob’s Burgers parodied the movie for an entire episode.

The film has a very 80s vibe to it, too. Mikey is seen wearing a Purple Rain shirt, other characters wear leather jackets and denim, and to top it off, Cyndi Lauper did the main theme for the movie! I mean, how much more 80s can you possibly get? So do I recommend a rewatch of this film? Yes, but keep in mind it’s age. The Goonies is a quintessential 80s film. It is up there in 80s history with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the NeverEnding Story and ET. It probably helps that Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus wrote and directed it.

So The Goonies is a great film overall. If you are into corny jokes, adventure, and fat kids jiggling, then by all means check this movie out! So out of 10, for pure nostalgia and timelessness, I am giving The Goonies a 9.5. That’s about as good as it gets. I rarely give out a perfect rating for movies, so 9.5 is damn near perfection in my book.

So have you seen The Goonies? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments and, as always, thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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