The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies is one of those movies that my boyfriend keeps talking about but every time we walk past it in the bargain bin, we don’t pick it up and get something else instead (usually not so much of a bargain as this).  Finally, a week or two ago, my boyfriend really wanted to get it. If not, this review would never have happened! Its my first time seeing The Goonies, maybe you’re thinking what other awesome movies I’ve missed…The answer to that is probably lots 😉

the goonies posterDirector: Richard Donner

Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy Quan, John Matuszak, Anne Ramsey

On the eve that brothers Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brand (Josh Brolin) are forced to leave their homes along with a group of their friends in their neighborhood due to developers taking over the land to build a golf course, they find a treasure map in their attic.  This treasure map allows Mikey to recall a story that his father once told him before when he was a child about One-Eyed Willy and his treasure on a hidden pirate ship.  This makes him convince his friends, also called The Goonies, to go find this treasure in hopes of finding enough money so they can stay together.  In search for his brother, Brand and eventually two of his friends Andy (Kerri Green) and Stef (Martha Plimpton) end up joining into this adventure.  The entrance of the treasure hunt ends up being in the home of the wanted criminals the Fratellis: Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her two accomplices along with a locked up Sloth (John Matuszak). Will the talents of The Goonies, Data (Ke Huy Quan) and his booby traps, Mouth (Corey Feldman) and his mouth and a few others like Chunk (Jeff Cohen) and Mikey himself and his brother and friends be enough to find the treasure and save their home?

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You know what this movie reminded me of? Indiana Jones! It was Indiana Jones for kids.  I love Indiana Jones adventure so I easily fell in love with this movie. Sure, there are a few parts that maybe aren’t really good because they are predictable but its like walking into being a kid anymore.  Granted, my childhood was never so fun and I didn’t do hangouts with groups of friends.  This one really drew me in with the play with words, the booby traps, the lucky escapes, and just trying everything to stay with our friends and enjoy the moments with them.

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I’m not going to go into the cheesy effects much but as much as I’d like to say that it retracted from the movie, it probably added even more.  There was nothing fancy about this but for example, my boyfriend and I laughed at the bats.  They were ridiculous and no one would be even afraid of them if thats what bats actually looked like, but it provided us with lots of entertainment.

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The Goonies themselves each were loveable in their own way.  They each brought something to the hunt itself whether it was courage, luck, brains, booby traps or just being extra eyes or strength. It gave them all a nice balance in the group and for a bunch of young actors, they did a great job.  What enforced that feeling of Indiana Jones is Data/Ke Huy Quan since he was in one of those movies too and I LOVED his role 🙂 The Goonies just made the audience want them to succeed because it felt like we were every part in this adventure also.  They all had characters that grew on us and made us laugh with some of their silliness.

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In any child’s flicks, they have to have some form of moronic villains and the Fratelli’s took the prize at it.  Mama Fratelli lead her two sons to chase after the Goonies after hearing about the treasure.  As much as Mama Fratelli feels like the most evil of villains, her sons are easily tricked and even though grown up were kids also because they would also fight and want to right. (Rhyming was not intentional).  As much as this movie wasn’t extremely intense, they proved to be the comic relief.

I regret not swiping this up from that bargain bin the first moment I saw it.  It shines as an children’s adventure flick.  It embodies what children would dream about and the adventures they could have.  It also brings in lots of messages about appearances and values.  Not to mention its just purely fun and entertaining! I’m guessing I’m one of the few people who haven’t seen this, but I’d like to say that I highly recommend it 🙂

26 thoughts on “The Goonies (1985)

  1. I saw this a few weeks ago. I had never seen this movie before then, so it came as a surprise when I actually enjoyed it. Wild seeing young Josh Brolin in this. He’s a different person now. If you like him as an actor I suggest watching Best Laid Plans. A young Reese Witherspoon’s in there too. Anyway, something that bothered me about this movie was the language content. I’m not a prude or anything, but certain movies I expect the language to compliment the dialogue. I didn’t find it with this movie. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the whole Indiana Jones theme, pirates and the like! Loved how they had to work through puzzles to get to the next step. Such a cool movie in that respect!


    • I’m not too familiar with Josh Brolin’s movies to be honest. So I have no comparison. All I know was that he was in last year’s MIB3. But if you’re recommending Best Laid Plans, I’ll try to search it up 🙂
      I don’t know, I’d have to rewatch it to see the language. It didn’t bother me this time around.


  2. This is a classic, before you were born my friend!! Great job searching the bargain bins of the world for great movies. Thanks for sharing. I remember when this movie came out. I was far too cool to like back then, but I have always liked it. Language? I never noticed it was that bad. Now I am going to have to watch it and take notes on the swears. I do not swear in writing very often, but in life, it is one of my weaknesses. Swear words make me laugh. 🙂


  3. The Goonies is one of the best kids films ever made! I used to watch it all the time and now, when I’m having a bad day, I always return to it. I’m so jealous that this was your first time seeing it! It’s a magical kind of experience.


      • That’s a fair point. Every time I watch it now nostalgia plays a huge part. Interestingly enough, the company I work for often requires the help of the guy who played Chunk who’s now an attorney in LA. I’m dreaming for the day when I finally get to speak to him and tell him how much I love him and the truffle shuffle.


      • Yeah, I read up on Jeff Cohen and him being an attorney. He looks completely different from the movie.
        I think for most childhood movies, it all dials down to nostalgia. Some movies they only are still great because we associate so many nice memories with them 🙂


  4. I haven’t seen this one since it came out in 1985. I should probably watch it again and give it a review on my blog since I specialize in movies from the 80’s. Good review and I am glad you liked it and that your review older films as well as the newer ones. Nice variety.


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