You can only be young once, but you can be stupid forever.
Stand By Me is my favorite movie for a lot of reasons. The heart-wrenching performance from River Phoenix gets me every time and one of the most vital: I can watch it over and over and get something different each time. Like literature.
“This is a good time.”
Vern didn’t just mean being off limits inside the junkyard, or fudging on our folks, or going on a hike up the railroad tracks to Harlow. He meant those things, but it seems to me now it was more and that we all knew it. Everything was there and around us. We knew exactly who we were and exactly where we were going. It was grand.
Based on Stephen King’s short story, The Body, Rob Reiner’s film is about four inseparable friends in search of a dead body in 1959. It’s the ultimate adventure with the lost boys: the misunderstood hero, the ill-tempered instigator, the sweet and gullible fool, and the protagonist in search of self-discovery. You’re either a Chris, Teddy, Vern, or Gordie.
I’m Gordie through and through.
You’re alternately optimistic, pessimistic, self-realized, and self-doubting. You discover yourself in writing or another introverted activity, even though you’re devoutly extroverted in many ways. You’re thoughtful. You’ve endured the disillusionment that comes with trusting yourself. He’s confronted with the inevitability of discovering and accepting the person he already is, despite being made to feel — as Gordie puts it — “weird”.