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29 January 2010

The Goonies

directed by Richard Donner

Excellent performances, both kid and adult, abound in this classic film that is guaranteed to be on every Gen Xer’s Favorite Films list. In a quest to save their neighborhood from being turned into a golf course, a group of misfits and goofballs set out to locate the hidden treasure of One Eyed Willy, famous pirate and inspiration for the game Mouse Trap. Hot on their tails are the Fratellis, a family of crooks out to catch the kids and maybe sniff out a little dough for themselves. Crazy booty traps- I mean booby traps, crazy humor and crazy awesomeness combine rings of power to become a film that nearly everyone can quote in its entirety, even those pretentious art house hipsters who only like Donnie Darko and foreign films. Josh Brolin (be still my heart), Corey Feldman (amazing hair), Ke Huy Quan (gadget man), Jeff Cohen (iconic as Chunk) and Sean Astin are just some of the tremendous talent casting their spells, and Cyndi Lauper’s title song is as good as it gets. The Goonies is one of those great kid films from a different time, when foul language and low humor was acceptable. Films like this and Little Monsters, The Garbage Pail Kids and even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all fantastic examples of this magic hour in the filmic timeline. It can never be resisted, is powers are too strong.
Note: I absolutely love The Goonies, and it always has a special place in my heart, but there is one plot hole that I cannot abide. Mouth (Feldman) is fluent in Spanish, so fluent, in fact, that he can even translate a 450 year old Spanish map (think of how much English has changed since Shakespeare). Ok, fine, so Mouth can read Old Spanish. What I cannot abide is the fact that, at the end when Rosalita is shouting for Pops to not sign the contract, Mouth doesn’t understand what she is saying! He keeps saying stupid ass things like “No pen? No write?” Bullshit. If Mouth is so incredibly adept at Spanish, so much so that he can translate a map that only a select group of scholars can translate, he could certainly figure out what Rosalita was screaming, no matter how fast she said it.
Really, BC? That’s the plot hole you get hung up on? It’s not the pirate treasure, or the traps, or the giant octopus (a scrapped plot point, yet still mentioned at the end of the film), or the fact that no competent person had been able to find the treasure, but a group of tweens find it in like a day? To answer your query, no, that other stuff doesn’t bother me at all.

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