An Honest Trailer for The Goonies

The 1985 Steven Spielberg movie The Goonies was about a group of neighborhood children on a supernatural treasure hunt. It starred young actors who would go on to greater fame: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Cory Feldman, and Ke Huy Quan, who 38 years later would win an Oscar for his work in the movie Everything Everywhere All At Once. In honor of the occasion, Screen Junkies went back to revisit The Goonies and tear it apart in their usual way.

The upshot is that The Goonies was a product of its time and target audience, but worked very well for its time and target audience. It's a beloved shared experience for late Gen X, and early Millennials who caught it on video. The movie was top heavy with talent and production values for a silly kids' movie, sorta of like E.T. with a sense of humor. No wonder it holds up well after all these years.

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