Lunchtime Movie Review

Stand By Me (1986)

Episode #34

Columbia Pictures Corporation released Stand By Me to theaters on November 26, 1986. Rob Reiner directs the film which stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, and Corey Feldman.

Stand By Me Movie Summary

Once upon a time in Hollywood, 1985 to be exact, the meathead, Rob Reiner, said to his movie exec friends, “If WE release our own tweener coming-of-age story, similar to, but not completely identical to this year’s successful The Goonies, I’d bet we could make $52 million dollars!” His movie exec buddies cheered, and green lighted a film version of Stephen King’s 1982 novella, The Body, but instead of setting it in Astoria, Oregon like The Goonies, they made King set his story in CASTLE ROCK, Oregon. They then added a darker, more adult tone, and gave it a Shawshank Redemption voiceover with that cranky guy from What About Bob?, and 1986’s Stand By Me was born.

Writer/author/cranky old guy from What About Bob?, Gordie Lachance reads in the newspaper that an old friend from his childhood has died. This triggers the memory of a goonie adventure he shared that friend and two others over the Labor Day weekend in 1959; just before they started junior high together. Gordie, as a boy, is the “Mikey” of the group. He’s a freakishly quiet child who has been rejected by his parents after the death of his football star brother. Gordie enjoys writing and telling stories about obese boys who throw up on the townspeople to get revenge for their fat-shaming ways.

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Columbia Pictures Corporation released Stand By Me to theaters on November 26, 1986. Rob Reiner directs the film which stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, and Corey Feldman.

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