Friday, August 8, 2014

A Bloggers' Film Society: August 2014: Stand By Me

A while back, The Armchair Squid asked if I would be interested in spearheading a bloghop with him.  I try to participate in his monthly Book Club and thought this sounded fun.

Our inaugural movie is Rob Reiner's seminal look at childhood and friendship, "Stand By Me".

Currently #93 on my flickchart list

I missed this movie back in the day. (I'm certain I watched it in college and after when I worked in a couple of video stores). I would've been about to turn 16 when it came out.  I was reading a lot of King's books at the time and had two strong friends but we didn't do a lot of movie watching.  What we did watch was a whole lot lighter than this.

My two best friends from that time popped in my head as I watched it now.  It is a strong movie.  I've never seen anything else by the two men who worked on the screenplay but I have seen lots of Reiner's movies, as well as performances by the majority of the actors, many of whom went on to rather lengthy careers, though maybe not all as leading men.

I've often wondered what the first R rated movie that I watch with me son will be.  This would be a strong contender.  I look at him and the relationship he has with his two best pals and envy him for all that he has with them.  Don't get me wrong....my adult relationships are very strong.  I might even disagree with the narrator's final heartfelt assertion and I doubt any kid is ever as self aware as these characters are portrayed as being, but that carefree time....the conversations you have before you discover girls...when the biggest worries are determining what Goofy is....summer days that spread out with endless possibilities for mischief and adventure...I do hope my boy enjoys it all.






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