Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started. Close Menu. Four young friends find the remains of a missing teenager in this first-rate adaptation of Stephen King's The Body. Directed by Rob Reiner. More purchase options. By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.
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Goonies never say die; this quartet is stuck in a vortex of abuse and mistreatment, usually coming from a parent to their child. Reiner brings a nuance to the boys and faithfully captures the distinctive ways that these odd pubescent creatures interact with one another. The friends shoot the breeze about girls all posturing, naturally and entertain one another by recounting Castle Rock apocrypha, as in the extended tangent about vengeful projectile-vomiter Lardass Hogan. The director would put his fondness for the oral tradition of storytelling on full display in The Princess Bride one year later, but in Stand by Me , tall tales help add shading to a specific lifestyle. The narrator goes on to note that Chris ended up murdered from a chance encounter and Teddy did a stint in the clink. That line perfectly encapsulates the two separate sensibilities that combine to make this an enduring account of youth: the headstrong feeling of invincibility endemic to boyhood, as King creeps in the background, dangling their marred futures just out of frame. Yearning to return to purer days, regardless of whether that purity is imagined or not, is the one constant uniting every generation of viewer. That dull ache of remembrance of things past is always a two-part process, conjured first from affection for days gone by, and then from the pain that those golden years are lost forever. Jesus, does anyone?