In all honesty, hardly anyone truly gets to experience a genuine Goonies childhood group of friends, because we all know that kids are fickle and friendships change as quick as knickers for them. However, when you become an adult you start to look for people that you can share like minded experiences with, enjoy a good meal and good conversation with and most importantly, someone that can act like a harbour in a tempest when the waves of life get a little too choppy.
The sad thing about that is, that not everyone finds friends like that in their lives. Not everyone gets to know the extreme joy and sense of belonging that one can only experience when they are drawn into a tribe of good people and then find much more than just common ground but something supremely supportive and genuine.
However, finding genuinely enriching friendships is actually quite difficult because adults come with massive amounts of baggage, have no idea how to even be a decent friend and from my experience, a lot of adults would rather cut you down than share in your peace, love and mung beans ideals of friendship. Some adults just aren't looking for new friends, they aren't interested in sharing their time with anyone and they really couldn't give a shit about camaraderie or common goals, but I am pretty sure that they didn't always feel that way.
Friendships that are that solid and meaningful do actually require a lot of work and a sacrifice of personal time, a sacrifice that many adults just can't be bothered investing in. And to cultivate good friendships you also have to put up with people not being as invested or genuine as you are, and that part sucks pretty badly. I have had some bloody dreadful friends over the years that have made me feel used, manipulated, uneasy, offended and even rejected but I also learnt a shit load from those experiences about what friendship is and what I am looking for when it comes to my own friendships.
As an adult, I have some of the most delightful, engaging and meaningful friendships that I have ever had in my life right now. I have friendships that have spanned decades and some that are just beginning to blossom, I have friends that are super easy to be around and some that take a little more work, but I love them all in varied and special ways. I have social friends, work mates, family friends, long time friends and occasional friends and I like to spend time with them all. All of my friends bring something to the table for me and I love them dearly because they are all darlings.
So, yeah maybe I didn't get to experience a dedicated friendship group as a kid, but as a 46 year old woman I have more friends and good people in my life than I have ever had before and that is such a wonderful feeling. Maybe in some ways I am finally getting my long desired Goonies experience after all, just in adulthood. Pretty sure that I would be the Chunk of the group these days because I certainly do have the perfect stomach for a little truffle shuffle!
Release Date: 1985
Running Time: 114 mins
This is one of the best action-adventure movie for kids that has ever been made. I loved it when I was eleven, both of my kids loved it and I am yet to meet someone that didn't get a kick out of it when they were a kid. Directed by Richard Donner, written by Chris Columbus and produced by Steven Spielberg, this movie has just the right mix of adventure, action and awkward pre-teen antics to make it a real winner.
A group of kids from the Goon Docks find an old treasure map, a doubloon and an article about a famous pirate named one-eyed willy (yes, I know, a very unfortunate name). Desperate to save their homes from the threat of a pending foreclosure, they set out on an adventure to find the treasure, facing all manner of 'booby traps' and a family of criminals called the Fratellis that want a piece of the treasure action.
This is crazy good fun, sporting a young and talented cast including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton. Sure, it's an impossible and implausible plot line, but who cares? It's fun, and even now I can still get a good laugh out of it.
FINAL SAY: Do the truffle shuffle.
4 Chilli Peppers