Friday, May 25, 2018

Stand By Me is not a good film

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I felt a little guilty after I posted TISM's (He'll never be an) Ol' Man River. Hadn't River Phoenix died tragically young and hadn't I enjoyed Stand By Me when it came out?

But I was going through a phase in connection with my own childhood at the time. Though it's now overlain by two levels of nostalgia - the baby boomer nostalgia in which it was steeped by its makers and the nostalgia of today's parents, who first saw it when they were children - Stand By Me is not a good film.

If you doubt me, listen to the Deja Review podcast.

It is particularly strong on the nonsense of the film's plot and the awfulness of Corey Feldman.

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