Written by Suze Kundu


Rated or Dated: The Goonies

Standard Issue writers are revisiting a film/book/TV series to see if it’s stood the test of time. Thirty years after its release, Suze Kundu catches up with The Goonies.

The GooniesWhat and why: This month it’s 30 years – really – since the release of Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg’s tale of kids trying to save their neighbourhood from developers.

Rated or dated: As a child, I watched very few movies, usually being at ballet or orchestra or playing sport after school. As a result I have failed to pick up on many popular cultural references in my time. Thankfully the Truffle Shuffle is not one of them, as I was a tiny bit obsessed with one movie’s magical quest for buried treasure. I’m not talking about The Hobbit, although this movie’s star did go on to play Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings franchise. I am, of course, talking about the epic movie The Goonies.

A group of fearless friends attempt to save their homes from destruction by golf course developers by following a map found in an attic and searching for legendary buried treasure. So far, so Disney, right?

Except The Goonies was so much more than that. These kids were normal. They had quirks, they had flaws, they went through the same hang-ups and issues that we did. From being the young kid who was never taken seriously by an older sibling to the awkwardness of dating and first kisses as a teenager, or being the coolest engineer around and being way ahead of your time – at least, that was one of the many characters that I wished I could be!

“Would I watch it and feel the same childlike excitement when Data produces comedy teeth on a spring to get the gang out of danger? Would I laugh as much at the Truffle Shuffle?”

I practically watched this on repeat for a large chunk of my childhood, mesmerised by the adventure, scared of the chasing Fratelli family who also wanted to find the treasure, always warmed by the happy ending – not just because the kids saved the day, but because Chunk loves Sloth, the big cuddly guy heartbreakingly chained up in the family basement.

I hadn’t seen it for a good few years, because that is what happens when I buy DVDs. I never watch them, however much I love them, because I become complacent and ungrateful of their existence. So I approached with caution. Would I watch it and feel the same childlike excitement when Data produces comedy teeth on a spring to get the gang out of danger? Would I laugh as much at the Truffle Shuffle? Would I still get the same hormonal butterflies when Andy accidentally kisses Mikey?

HEY YOU GUYYYYYYS! I am thrilled to say The Goonies stands the test of time. In fact, there are layers of humour entirely lost on me from the first time round (Largely confined to the child-hating Fratellis and notable contributions from Mouth and Brand). It also reminded me of how many of these utterly believable child actors went on to become huge stars in their adult lives. Like regular Hoxton Heroes, we liked these people before they were really big.

The DVD has made a long overdue return to my small stash of rainy Sunday afternoon sofa movies, and I can’t tell you how pleased I was to discover the film didn’t die a death after the mid-90s. But we knew that wouldn’t happen, right? Because Goonies never say die! RATED.


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Written by Suze Kundu

Suze is a nanochemist, both literally and professionally, and a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Materials. Suze is also a science presenter, and loves dancing, live gigs, Muse and shoes. @FunSizeSuze