Stand By Me (1986) (mini-review++)

(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(all-purpose SPOILER ALERT there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 9

effects 8

editing 9

writing 9


4.5 out of 5 🐙


When the credits began rolling on this flick, 12-year-old me proclaimed to his best friend at the time that this was the best movie I had ever seen. And I said it with such serious conviction. I really believed I was making a monumental statement. Every time I think of this memory, I roll my eyes at my younger self. Look, I was 12. It probably was the best movie I had ever seen. It just strikes me as funny, looking back all these decades, at how I probably thought that this was not only the best movie I had ever seen but the best movie I would ever see. Youth is funny.

The movie itself is eminently enjoyable adaptation of a Steven King short story. Roughly 1 billion Steven King works have been adapted and it’s because they are all pretty damn good and entertaining. It’s just a great story about kids encountering the most morbid things kids can encounter for the first time, and, of course, their friendships change and grow along the way of this literal journey.

Poor River. At least we got to see some of his fire.

(Oh, and I’ve always wanted to get a dog and name him Chopper.)







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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