Genre Grandeur – Stand By Me (1986) – Encore Review 6 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Youth-Led Movies, here’s a review of Stand By Me (1986) by Me

Thanks again to Sally of 18 Cinema Lane for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Bubbawheat of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights and we will be reviewing our favorite Animated Comic Book/Strip Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Bubbawheat!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“The kid wasn’t sick. The kid wasn’t sleeping. The kid was dead. ” – The Writer

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (1st time was at a video night with friends in ’87, video, cable, 13 Oct 1992, DVD, 17 April 2013, 2 Mar 2015, 7 Oct 2015, 25 Sep 2016, 30 Jul 2018, 6 Oct 2019 and 28 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Four friends go on a quest to discover the dead body of a local boy in order to win fame for their discovery.

My Take on it – When Sally chose this genre, this was the fuirst film that I thought of and I knew right away that it would be among my choices.

This is a film all about true friendship and camaraderie and it all is done from the perspective of a 12 year old kids.

His outlook on life, friendship, parents and even death are quite unique to listen to and it still amazes me to this day that this story was written by Stephen King especially given the fact that there are no horror or supernatural elements involved here at all.

Despite the fact that the movie is slightly under 90 minutes, they still manage to develop the characters very well and we get a clear distinction between all of them.

The two gangs of kids in this story are also diverse in their outlooks on life and this film give sus both of those aspects.

Love the wya that the story is constantly jumping back and forth between the two gangs in order to allow us to know their whereabouts the whole way through.

The film has spectacular dialogue and there are so many quotable line sin this film that has accompanied me on the journey of life over the past 3+ decades.

They are so true about life and friendships and are quite timeless.

The cast of this film is superb and it always fascinated me to see the kind of careers that the 5 lead characters have had ever since.

They all started small here yet moved on to many bigger and better things over the years.

Rob Reiner does a wonderful job directing this film and he is able to give us a child’s perspective on this kind of tale which works so well in helping to give this film a certain ambiance and feel.

It doesn’t matter how often I’ve sen this film (or read the book), I am always completely drawn in by everything and don’;t want to let go even after the credits begin to roll.

Bottom Line – Amazing story and friendship and camaraderie. Still amazes me that this novella was written by Stephen King because it has no horror elements to it at all. The characters are developed really well and we get a clear idea of who the members of the two gangs really are. The story jumps back and forth between their whereabouts over the course of things and that helps add even more to the story. The dialogue is superb and this film has some great quotable lines that have accompanied me over the past 33 years because they are so true about how we live our lives and handle our friendships. The cast is superb and it’s amazing what kind of careers each of the five main character have had ever since they started out here. Reiner does a superb job directing this film and the ability to give us a childlike perspective on this kind of tale is quite impressive and amazing to watch unfold no matter how often I’ve seen this. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Rob Reiner considers this the best film he has ever made. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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