madeleine3’s review published on Letterboxd:
“It happens sometimes. Friends come in and out of your life, like busboys in a restaurant.”
Rob Reiner’s 1986 classic, Stand By Me is a nostalgic tale about growing up. Four boys looking for an adventure before the end of summer becomes a learning experience about each other. Chris, Gordie, and Teddy feel stuck in the expectations of other people about who they are supposed to be. Chris dealing with the milk money situation and how people see him as a thief. Teddy defending his father because he is in an institution, possibly due to PTSD. Gordie feels as though he is in the shadow of his dead brother. Seeing all the boys defend each other was really sweet, you know they really want to tell each other that they care, but, once again, the expectations about how they’re supposed to react gets in the way. Chris trying to be there for everyone was so wholesome. I wish Vern had more of a character to him other than comic relief and coward. All the performances were pretty good, River Phoenix and Will Wheaton definitely having the best. Totally random, but this feels like the perfect summer movie.