Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stand By Me (1986)

I always get nostalgic when the weather starts warming up. Summer reminds me of being a kid, playing outside, and getting into various amounts of mischief. Naturally I try to watch all of my favorite classic coming-of-age movies this time of year, and Stand By Me is definitely one of the best.

Four friends (played by River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell) go on a journey in search of the body of a boy their age who went missing. These aren't your usual cinematic ragamuffins. They smoke, they curse, and their lives are anything but simple. Gordie Lachance (Wheaton) is still reeling from the death of his older brother, Chris Chambers (Phoenix) and Teddy Duchamp (Feldman) come from dysfunctional families, and real happiness for them is fleeting. They laugh and kid around and act like your typical teen boys, but they know what the world is like out there. It's ugly, and their dreams and aspirations will probably forever remain just out of reach. They know they won't be "best friends forever," but in this moment, they are here. They are alive. They're covered in leeches and running for their lives on railroad tracks, and laughing and crying, and that's what it's all about.

God I love the movies.

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