At last! Goonies revealed as Emperor's clothes!
Brilliant! It's not just me, then. It's me and Richard Watson. I'm stunned by the reply string. People genuinely love The Goonies, yet it's patently awful. Just because it's found itself nestled on the 'cult 80s' shelf, doesn't excuse it. And I'm sorry Dojj Singh, but making reckless comparisons that put Ferris Bueller and Weird Science in the same category is as misplaced as Spielberg and Columbus's belief that Data's (ahem) 'gadgets' were cool ... even in 1985. Weird Science may (loosely) be labelled an 80s cult classic - although it's a mighty stretch in my opinion - but it's got none of the wit of Ferris. Just 'cause they're both written by John Hughes doesn't make them anything like each other, and if anything proves that even John Hughes had his off days. Mind you, John Hughes on an off day is still a country mile ahead of Spielberg 'phoning in' his efforts on Goonies.
Watson's comparison with The Children's Film Foundation is bang on. In fact, the inclusion of Keith Chegwin could only have improved the plodding, clunking mess that it is. Wake up and smell it, people. This film stinks worse than Chegwin's later career. (And that includes Naked Jungle.)