The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud) when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie).
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
Mikey Walsh and Brandon Walsh are brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood -- unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that's quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed "One-Eyed" Willy's hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen, Clark "Mouth" Devereaux, Andrea "Andy" Carmichael, Stefanie "Stef" Steinbrenner, and Richard "Data" Wang, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood. The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the restaurant of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, and the severely disfigured Lotney "Sloth" Fratelli. Sloth befriends the Goonies and decides to help them.Written by
The original poster art (not used on the video tape box) featured the cast dangling from the feet of another with the top one hanging on a rock. Some of the newspaper ads featured slightly different artwork with the characters drawn in a different order from top to bottom. See more »
After being in the pipe, the Goonies' hair keeps going from wet to dry. For example, Mikey's hair is dry when he tells Andy to hold his hand, then wet in the next shot when he sees the waterfall and exclaims "Oh, wow!" Next, the first time the kids are seen through the waterfall his hair is dry again. When the shot goes back to the kids after the close-up of the treasure, Mikey's hair is once again wet before he steps through the waterfall. It also happens several times in the passageway with multiple characters. See more »
Lunchtime! The longer you animals bark, the colder your lunch gets. Come on, move it out. You too, down there! Hey, turkey!
See more »
The Spanish Castilian version changed the character of Rosalita to Rosana, changing her from Spanish to Italian, that changed also "Mouth" jokes and also make One-Eyed Willie's Map all in Italian. Sadly that created a "Character error" on Mouth because the Fratelli Family spoke in Italian and he doesn't understand them. See more »
Silly but good fun for pre-teens and young teenagers
Mikey Walsh and his friends face separation as they all prepare to move away as developers buy up their properties. The only hope is that they can raise enough money to keep the house. When they stumble across a map relating to the long lost treasure of pirate `One-Eyed' Willy they go after the treasure but it leads them to tunnels under the hideout of the Fratelli family who are on the run from the law - the Goonies must get the treasure before the Fratelli's can find it.
I haven't seen this film for many years and, when someone told me it was their favourite film I couldn't really voice an opinion (or at least, not an informed one). Having now seen it myself I must admit to be a little at a loss to understand the sheer amount of cult love it gets; I can only put it down to us all loving something from our childhood in a guilty sort of way! The film is enjoyable but no more than that, and I wasn't sure who it was aimed at: it seemed to be too scary for young children but far too childish and silly for older kids. The plot is a sort of Indiana Jones for children and it works reasonably well despite an excess of flaws in several key areas.
The plot is silly and feels very disjointed, I was never totally sold on the treasure hunt nor the threat of the Fratelli's. It varies wildly between sickly sentiment (`I'm gonna take care of you', `you're my best invention' etc) and overblown action that doesn't really excite because it is so unrelated to reality. The effects can be forgiven due to the age of the film, but really it should have been more dramatic considering. The comedy also swings wildly from silly slapstick to some very funny lines; the whole thing is very rough around the edges and it is quite refreshing to see this in comparison to so many more `clean' and shrink wrapped kids movies - at least this has a touch of anarchy about it! That said, I didn't laugh that much although I did enjoy the rough edges.
It is funny to see the cast now, although few of them have really gone on to become adults who did great things. Astin is a little too drab for the film, his role has to carry the story whereas the others get to have more fun. Feldman, Cohen and Ke Quan all get to enjoy themselves and are good value despite occasionally being more silly than funny. The adult cast are much better and it is a shame that they aren't used that well - Davi, Pantoliano and Ramsey are all good and I would have preferred to have had more laughs from them. Like the film itself, it's all very rough round the edges in terms of performances, which is both a good thing and a bad thing.
Overall I have not been won over to the extent that the army of Goonie fans are. I enjoyed it even if I couldn't really get into either the comedy of the silly action. It has it's moments and is probably best used to start and wean children off more childish stuff without making the jump right into adult films.
10 of 17 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this