Review: Stand by Me (1986)

Rob Reiner's coming of age tale is still glorious, emotional and a beautiful watch 30+ years on. Based on Stephen King's novella The Body, we join a group of young friends who set out to find the body of a missing boy. There's creative Gordie (Will Wheaton), who tells fantastic stories, supposed bad boy Chris (River Phoenix), eccentric Teddy (Corey Feldman) and timid Vern (Jerry O'Connell). The wonder of Stand by Me is their chemistry together, and their friendship is completely believable. It takes us back to a time when we were young and carefree, with our own endless wanderings through the countryside and stand out moments that shape our lives.
There's some fantastic scenes - the train, as an example, where the boys have to run across a track for their lives, and the infamous pie eating contest. The friends argue, rib and support each other and all are holding their own pain and insecurities. Their quest seemingly bonds them even further but as Act III reveals, these childhood friendships are sometimes meant to be transitory. Looking back on them though, they're probably the best time you ever had.
Stand by Me will give you a warm glow and we also remember how DAMN good River Phoenix was. We miss him.
5/5 special moments from our youth
Watch it for: TRAINNNNNNNNN!
Watch out for: Barf-o-rama