'The Goonies' -The Quest to Purify My Pop Cultural Soul

Posted by Miserable Retail Slave on November 19, 2010 at 7:44 PM

by RFP

The Quest to Purify My Pop Cultural Soul, vol. 7

'The Goonies' (1985)

starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman

The Goonies is one of those movies that most people love. The reason they love it is because it reminds them of being a kid. It's about childhood friends having adventures and people can relate to that. Sure, most of us haven't been on a mission to find One Eye Willy's (which, I mean, yuck) buried treasure, but I'm sure all of us can think of numerous other childhood adventures that seemed equally exciting at the time. 

It's also an iconic '80s film that has been referenced numerous times throughout pop culture, whether you realized it or not. 

The Venture Brothers, an Adult Swim cult favorite on Cartoon Network, subtly lifts the themes from the opening of The Goonies for the opening of their show. The Fratellis are the family of criminals and main "bad guys" in The Goonies as well as an alternative band from Scotland, whose music (specifically the song "Flathead) has been featured in ipod commercials. The pop-punk band The Ataris have an album, arguably their most popular, named So Long, Astoria. The Goonies takes place in the "Goon Docks" of Astoria, Oregon.

The Goonies features its own wink to pop culture. When Chunk tries to call the police to report that his friends are hiding out in the Fratellis lair, the on-duty police officer recites a long list of "false alarms" that Chunk had tried to report before - including little furry creatures that multiply when hit with water. Chris Columbus, who wrote The Goonies from a Stephen Spielberg story idea, also wrote Gremlins. Anyone up to see Chunk's secret adventures with Gremlins? Yeah? Me neither.

Important product placement of candy also factors into The Goonies. Chunk befriends Sloth, the super strong, but extremely deformed member of the Fratelli family, by giving him a Baby Ruth, the same candy bar that vacated a swimming pool by the nerve to resemble a turd in Caddyshack. Was the use of the same brand of candy bar meant to signify that Chunk, in fact, looked down upon Sloth as a disgusting abomination and so was, metaphorically in a pop culture referential way, making Sloth eat shit? Discuss.

Sloth is part of the early '80s brotherhood of the deformed. Other members of this group include Jason Voorhees and the Toxic Avenger.

Notice the similarities? They're all separated at birth if you ask me. Same bloodline. 

The plot of The Goonies is simple. A group of kids band together to search for buried treasure in order to pay off a group of land developers who are threatening to evict their parents. Finding the treasure would mean the Goonies would be able to stick together and have more wacky misadventures for the rest of their lives. Or until they become teenagers and all start to hate each other.

I'm not going to go in depth on the plot because I'm sure you've already seen it and, also, I used up all of my Sean Astin jokes in the Encino Man installment in this series.

Has My Pop Culture Soul Been Saved By Watching The Goonies? Honestly, I am pretty sure that I had seen The Goonies before when I was a kid, but I really didn't remember it. I am also pretty sure that it had been on over some person's house at one point, but I was too drunk to pay attention. 

I'm glad I took the time to sit down and watch it. It's not the best movie ever made, but it certainly has that distinct '80s quality to it. The '80s teen movie genre is one of my favorite types of movie, so I definitely enjoyed this.

Saved or Failed? SAVED


FILM COUNT 1,198 after last Friday

+ The Goonies, + Altitude = 2,000 movies that I have seen in my lifetime.

Let me take a second and describe the movie, Altitude, to you in one sentence. A giant sky octopus attacks a small plane. Not as amazing as you would think.

The next attempt to redeem my pop culture soul happens next Friday. See the movie and be redeemed along with me. One of the biggest movies that I have never seen, Armageddon.

Plus, don't forget to check back Wednesday on the biggest bar night of the year for our new feature highlighting the movies you have to be trashed to appreciate, The Quest to Taint My Pop Cultural Soul. It's Wednesday. It's Howard the Duck. Oh yeah.

If you have seen The Goonies, your achievement badge is below. Create a folder on your facebook page titled "Film Geek" and save the image to that folder. You'll be able to track your progress and show the world how geeky you really are.

Friday, November 26: Armageddon

Friday, December 3: Forrest Gump

The Quest to Taint My Pop Cultural Soul

Wednesday, November 24: Howard the Duck

If you have seen The Goonies, please comment about the movie. What you like, what you hate, any other pop cultural nuances you may have noticed within it. Tell your friends to participate too!



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Reply Paulie Walnuts
8:39 AM on November 23, 2010 
Terrible movie. Amturf scares me. And your dates are wrong (Armageddon will be on the 26th).

Seriously, though. That guy scared me as a kid. It's one of those movies that was ruined for me at a young age, and thus leads me to disapprove in my old age - however immature I may still be.
Reply RFP
7:33 PM on November 23, 2010 
You're right. I got the dates wrong. Good thing no one cares and no one pays attention.
Reply anillo rolex
10:43 PM on May 25, 2011 
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