In our series on Generation X & Y we will take a look back at the movies, characters, television shows, and products that defined a generation. If you're not sure who Generation X & Y are, read our introduction. We start out with a movie that is indisputably one of the best of the 80's. It even has a 7.8/10 on IMDB. While some of that may be nostalgia, trust us it's good. What were talking about is the cult classic The Goonies.
The Goonies laid the groundwork for Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, getting kids interested in swashbuckling adventures and the search for treasure. The plot is as follows: a group of pre-teens who live in the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon are on a mission to save their homes from demolition. They discover an old Spanish map which leads them to embark on an adventure in search of the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. Along the way they are chased by a family of creepy criminals, who also are after the treasure.
Warner Bros. released the movie in the US on June 7, 1985 and it went on to haul in $61.5 million worldwide, not a bad sum for the time. The Goonies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featured music by top acts of the day like Cyndi Lauper, REO Speedwagon, and The Bangles. Cast members joined professional wrestlers "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Captain" Lou Albano in a "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" music video where even Steven Spielberg made a cameo appearance.
The Goonies featured two unforgettable characters: Chunk and Sloth. The smart mouthed chubby kid Chunk, played by Jeff Cohen, made it hard to be an overweight middleschooler because well, everyone called you Chunk. Now if you were creepy or ugly, you got called Sloth. Played by former football player John Matuszak, Sloth was ugggleee. Not a nickname you wanted. Millennials today would throw a tantrum and demand a safe space if they were compared to the guy. I mean look at him:
The Goonies inspired many a kid to search for treasure in places like the backyard. I remember me and my sister digging holes in our backyard because well, you never know. We never found anything but a spanking from our dad when he tripped in one of the holes. But still, it was worth it because sacrifice leads to rewards my friends. If you haven't seen this movie, go look for it. If you get the Goonie fever, there is a website dedicated to the movie.