Full Movie Reviews
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 02/20/2013
This movie struck me straight in the heart. I am man enough to admit that this movie was beautiful. I loved the characters so much. It is so true in every aspect. Never has a movie reminded me what it was like to be in 4th-5th grade. These young actors did such an amazing job that I was blown away. The characters were done perfectly. Each character represented every personality that I have had in my group of friends. Chris is one of the most likeable characters to every be in a movie. He is just so real and cool, but compassionate. I cannot wait until my son is old enough to understand this film. Everyone should see this film before they die. Many have tried, but all have failed to come close to this film. To be 13 again. Truly beautiful. A masterpiece.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 03/05/2012
This memorable picture started my inquisitive nature and curiosity in the medium of film. It was my first movie experience in an actual theater. The story revolves around a shy Gordie (Wil Wheaton), mature Chris Chambers (River Phoenix), eclectic Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) and chubby Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell). The four individuals discover a dead body and embark in an adventure. Its screenplay was exceptional with lines from the movie: Gordie – “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?” “You can do anything you want, man. “ Chris – “Yeah, but so what? Everybody's weird.” The soundtrack was wonderful and applicable to each scene while the performances were realistic. It had a good mix of dramatic and humorous …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/29/2012
Four youngsters hike across country together to find the body of a missing boy. A right of passage drama based on a novella by Stephen King, Stand By Me is an affectionate snapshot of boyhood and life in fifties America. Much loved by many, I found this film to be rather lightweight in content, being overly reliant on its likable leads and an enjoyable soundtrack of contemporary hits. It does have a nice sense of period and director Rob Reiner shows a sensitive hand with his actors coaxing fairly believable performances from his young charges. The flaws for me were in the writing (surprise surprise); River Phoenix character seems rather too responsible and adult for a twelve year old which also gives his pivotal scenes with Wil Wheaton a rather disturbig Brokeback vibe. King's attempts …
Preston29 - wrote on 11/11/2010
Before this year I had never heard of never mind seen this amazimg film, I came about it when I found an old DVD that my brother had left behind as he moved out. When I started watching the film it gave off an immediate atmosphere within the room. The film tells an amazing story of freindship, giving a great portayle of the mischevious things boys get up to around that age. Showing a great insight to how friends treat each other, what they rely on each other for, an in general how each friend contributes to each others lives. The film also tells a great story as well as having the friends, and the experieces you share, but also how life chages as you get older and how most people in life look back when they reach that age where they feel they have acheived so much, but remonis on how …
mdtinney - wrote on 10/12/2009
I first watched this movie when I was around 17 years old and I love it even more every time I watch it. "Stand by Me" is the ultimate story about friendship, and being able to trust and rely on your friends. It's main characters are four twelve year old boys; intelligent, aspiring writer Gordie (Wil Wheaton), the 'tough' leader Chris (River Phoenix), the sensitive 'but trying to hide it' Teddy (Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry O'Connell), the wuss of the group.
The four friends, who are all facing troubles at home, group together in order to find the body of a 12 year old who was recently hit by a train and killed. However, the bad gang in town is also after the body, and so Gordie and his friends must get there first. The story is told from the perspective of an older Gordie, looking …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 10/19/2008
This is without a doubt one of the best coming-of-age tales I’ve ever seen. I haven’t read the novella by Stephen King which this film was based on so I don’t know how close this movie followed the original material. However, I cannot praise this film any higher. The four main cast is top notch: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell. Each of them were put on the spotlight during their journey to see a dead body, so we really got to know them well, despite the film’s running time of only about an hour and thirty-five minutes. Wheaton is the writer whose brother had died, played by John Cusack, and doesn’t feel accepted by his father, Phoenix is the natural leader of the group who is both tough and sympathetic, Feldman is the sarcastic kid and is a bit …