Is The Goonies The Best Kids Movie Ever?
If you were a kid or even a teenager during the mid-1980s, you are, no doubt, already familiar with the movie The Goonies. The film was released in 1985 and became an instant classic, mostly because it offers something for everyone. It has an interesting plot, it’s funny, the music is great, and the kids who star in it are phenomenal.
Is The Goonies the best kids movie ever? Well that is purely subjective but in my mind I strongly believe the answer to be a resounding ‘yes’. In fact, The Goonies is a great movie to watch even if you’re a grownup because it is not just a kids movie, but rather a human story that transcends age.
The Basic Plot
The movie was produced by Steven Spielberg in 1985 for a budget of $19 million, but it grossed more than $124 million at the box office, making this film a huge success.
The story centers on a group of kids who live in Oregon in a neighborhood called the Goon Docks. They start out trying to save their homes from foreclosure, but it isn’t long before they discover an old treasure map and decide to follow it so they can discover the hidden treasure for themselves.
The treasure comes from a legendary 17th century pirate with the nickname One-Eyed Willy, but when a group of criminals also discovers there’s a treasure buried somewhere, they decide they want a piece of the pie and start hunting down the money as well.
As you can imagine, some interesting shenanigans result throughout the movie, and the young actors and actresses that star in it are nothing short of extraordinary. In fact, between their acting abilities and the interesting storyline, there is little wonder why this movie was such a success. In 2017, the movie was even selected for inclusion into the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress because it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” This is an honor not bestowed on that many movies, and it is not one the cast and crew take lightly.
Who Are The Goonies?
The group of kids calling themselves the Goonies includes Mikey, his older brother Brandon, an inventive kid named Data, a talkative kid named Mouth, and an overweight klutzy kid named Chunk. In Mikey and Brandon’s attic, they discover a doubloon and an old treasure map, and they soon find themselves in an abandoned restaurant that they believe is represented on the map. Unbeknownst to them, the Fratelli crime family is also taking up space in the restaurant, and after they kidnap young Chunk so they can find out where the Goonies kids are headed to next, Chunk is left behind with a deformed Fratelli family member named Sloth.
Meanwhile, with the Fratelli family not far behind them, the Goonies go through tunnels, booby traps, and caves to get to the treasure, which they finally find, and they experience some interesting and dangerous challenges along the way. Eventually, both the Fratellis and the Goonies make it back home, where the Fratellis are arrested and Mikey discovers that some of the gems they found on their adventure are still in his possession, which means their homes won’t be foreclosed on.
There are also some big names in the movie, at least as far as child actors are concerned. Sean Astin of Rudy fame plays the lead role of Mikey, while Josh Brolin portrays his brother Brandon. Corey Feldman is cast as Mouth, and actress Martha Plimpton, who also starred in the movie Parenthood, plays the role of Stef, one of only two girls that accompany the rest of the gang on their adventure.
A Great Soundtrack To Boot
The soundtrack from The Goonies is also phenomenal, with songs by artists such as Cyndi Lauper, REO Speedwagon, Luther Vandross, The Bangles, Teena Marie, and Dave Grusin, among others. In fact, Cyndi Lauper sang one of the most memorable songs on the soundtrack, called The Goonies ‘R Good Enough, and she even made a cameo in the movie playing herself. The soundtrack was originally released by Epic Records but was re-released in 2008 by Sony.
So, now you can understand why The Goonies is such a great movie. It is action-packed and at times provides edge-of-your-seat scenes that will have you looking forward to what happens next. Wondering, is The Goonies the best kids’ movie, may also make you want to watch the film again, even if you already know the answer to that question.
Still Not Convinced?
If you’re still not convinced that this is a movie that you have to see, consider a few facts. First of all, it premiered in 1985 and made a whopping $9 million on opening weekend. This means it is second only behind Rambo: First Blood Part II when it comes to money made on its first weekend. The film made nearly $64 million in the United States and Canada, and more than $60 million overseas, adding up to more than $124 million worldwide.
The movie was also nominated for Best Adventure Motion Picture, and Anne Ramsey, who played “Mama” Fratelli, won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. Four other actors and actresses in the film were nominated for various awards, with Astin winning Best Starring Performance By a Young Actor in a Motion Picture. The town where the movie took place, Astoria, is a real city in Oregon, and they have even hosted special events for certain anniversaries of the film, resulting in 10,000 to 15,000 visitors per day showing up to enjoy certain locations shown in the movie.
But of course, it isn’t the awards or the money that make this a great movie. It is the combination of funny lines, a unique storyline, great acting, and fast-paced action that makes it a great kids’ movie that can also be enjoyed by adults. Indeed, The Goonies can be enjoyed by kids of all ages, and if you haven’t seen it yourself, it’s about time you did.
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