Time: 114 mins.
SYNOPSIS: A group of misfit kids, who are about to lose their homes, discover a treasure map that, if accurate, could solve all their financial woes. The map's existence doesn't stay secret for long, forcing them to run for their lives from a family of bank robbers who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the treasure.
BOTTOM LINE: This is one of those movies I loved as a kid and surprisingly find equally as entertaining as an adult. Donner mixes just the right amount of humor and adventure, keeping the tone light even when the Goonies are in life threatening situations. There's never any doubt that they're going to succeed in their quest, but the story is well-constructed with great characters and imaginative action sequences that make this one of the best kid flicks around. Astin (in his first major role) ably anchors the film as Mikey, an asthmatic kid with the heart of a lion, who refuses to give up, battling the bureaucrats and the criminals with equal abandon. No one's going to destroy the home he loves, as long as he can still draw breath, which with his condition is never an easy task.
With his trusty sidekicks along for the ride (played hilariously by Feldman, Ke Quan and Cohen), he develops a belief in himself that he can handle anything life throws his way...even a bullying older brother, a misunderstood monster and long-dead pirates. Ramsey, Davi and Pantoliano are a highly talented trio, that use their physical abilities and comic timing to make the law-breaking Fratellis both fearsome and funny. The final third of the film is a rollercoaster of action-adventure delights that are more thrilling and funny than the first half of the film leads you to expect. Though Spielberg only produced the movie, his touch is appenrant throughout, which, in this case, is a very good thing. This is a team effort that could have fallen flat, but instead proves how great casting, intelligent writing, original art direction and perfect pacing creates a film to be enjoyed over and over again.