Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stand by Me (1986)

Who doesn't love a good Stephen King adaptation? Stand by Me, directed by Rob Reiner and starring a quartet of child actors who would all become notorious in their own way (Wil Wheaton--current geek god; River Phoenix--current tragic martyr; Jerry O'Connell--current "I got hot and married a model" inspirational tale; Corey Feldman--current only surviving 80s Corey). The four play childhood friends who go on a quest to see a body. One might even call it a hero's journey. The four encounter a gang of antagonists headed by Kiefer Sutherland (they usually are), but mostly story-tell, male bond, and throw off some classic one-liners. The Rob Reiner film won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (from the aforementioned King novella The Body), has a killer soundtrack, and has gotten a lot of love from the AFI since its release. It's a poignant bromance that I'm looking forward to rewatching, though I'm still going to avert my eyes at the pie-eating-contest memory.

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