By Mec LeBron, Contributor
One of my favorite movies as a child, “The Goonies,” is playing at Film Streams until Dec. 1. “The Goonies” is produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner. It’s interesting to see Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kerri Green and Jeff Cohen as young actors in the 80s.
With a PG rating, it’s a great movie to share with your kids. Whenever I get the chance, I watch it. “The Goonies” doesn’t get old because it gives me meaning about overcoming fears, becoming closer as friends and family and looking out for one another. There isn’t anything I don’t like about this movie.
“The Goonies” was originally released in 1985. The story follows a group of young boys who set off on an adventure after finding a treasure map in the attic because they want to save their homes. The treasure map involves the legend of a pirate, One-Eyed Willy, who disappeared in the area with treasure. Mikey, Mouth, Data and Chunk set off on the adventure of a lifetime.
They enter the Fratelli house but are forced to hide when the Fratellis return. As they look for their way out from under the Fratelli house, they run into Mikey’s brother, Brandon, and a popular girl, Andy. They ask jocks above them to help them out, but have to press on and overcome booby traps and fear of being caught by the Fratellis chasing them. They look out for one another and become closer as friends and family.
The group becomes closer than ever in difficult times. They do what’s right to save each other even though they’re scared and, in turn, become thankful for each member of the group. Another member, unable to go on the adventure with the rest of his friends, befriends someone who could be viewed as grotesque, but helps free him from his family and, in turn, helps save his friends.
A legal issue that should have been considered is that child actors are unable to make their own decisions. They will jump at the chance to share a first kiss on screen or allow others to call them a hurtful name if they’re being paid to do so. If they don’t want to do what’s in the script, they’re basically done with the movie. Parents let it happen all the time. We don’t consider the impact of how it may affect our children because of money. How do the children feel afterward? These issues can stick with children for the rest of their lives, even though they thought it was not a big deal at the time. People don’t forget. We revel in it because it’s a movie we crave more of.