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The Goonies Review

The Goonies is an entertaining movie full of action that should be enjoyed by people of all ages. Reminiscent of childhood adventures, it reminds…

The Goonies

The Goonies is an entertaining movie full of action that should be enjoyed by people of all ages. Reminiscent of childhood adventures, it reminds us all of its wonder and encourages dance-offs! Don’t miss this flick; get up and dance!

At a harbor town where “the Goondocks” is threatened by foreclosure and redevelopment, a group of children known as The Goonies come across an old treasure map which points to One-Eyed Willy’s bounty left by him years earlier. Hoping to save their homes with their bounty finding, their adventure takes them into counterfeit currency lairs which keep Sloth, one of their super strong sons with deformed facial features chained in their basement lair. Clues lead them deeper underground where twisting passages, outrageous booby traps as well as long lost pirate ship holding doubloons, jewels and riches that they follow until finally they find One-Eyed Willy himself!

What elevates this movie above most jaded adults is the cast of young actors – including Sean Astin and Corey Feldman – who actually appear like real children. While children in contemporary youth-oriented films (and some adult ones) often appear like sexual deviants, The Goonies children seem to possess a strong sense of right and wrong while possessing an adventurous spirit.

No matter whether they’re being pursued by bloodthirsty gremlins or socializing with cute extraterrestrials, the children in The Goonies act as though all their make-believe is real – an admirable quality which may even define this movie!

The story unfolds like an animated Raiders of the Lost Ark and, unlike Poltergeist and Gremlins, does not feature any truly horrifying acts by its children. They may urinate on themselves and consume insects; their fingers may get chopped off; yet these don’t constitute signs that these kids have turned into sexual deviants or murderers.

As in other high-quality children’s movies, The Goonies presents its parents as caring and affectionate rather than savagely abusive; when the Goonies find themselves alone in a cavern beneath the ocean their absence becomes more profound. Furthermore, unlike so many recent films with racist stereotypes like these characters come from diverse backgrounds; The Goonies is representative of its times in both its appearance and background representations.

The Goonies features many four-letter words, but these are mostly used as shorthand for excitement and humor. There are some scenes in this film which would not be appropriate for very young children; particularly concerning its use of God’s name in vain as well as references to drugs and alcohol use and sexual relationships.