stand by me movie review - Aussieboyreviews


For everyone, Stand By Me is a very impressive and entertaining coming-of-age film. This Stephen King story is incredibly engaging and there’s almost no fully-boring scene.


A writer recounts a childhood story of he and his three other friends deciding to hike to locate the body of a missing boy.

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Movie details

Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell
Writer: Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon
Release Date (Australia): 19 March 1987
Runtime: 88 minutes/1h 28m
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film centres on themes of peril, as well as depictions of the corpse of a teen boy and scenes in which characters threaten each other with knives and guns.

Violence (PG)

The film contains infrequent punching and wrestling violence, as well as depictions of a corpse and blood detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features use of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “p***y”, “d**k”, “**shole” and “t*ts”.

Sex (M)

The film includes crude references to masturbation and sex, as well as use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

You don’t at all need to be a Stephen King horror fan to enjoy Stand By Me, an excellent coming-of-age drama about teens on an adventure to detect a corpse. This classic film directed by Rob Reiner is fast-moving, realistic and beyond perfect.

Set in the 50s, Stand By Me is a crowd-pleasing film tackling peril, language, bullying and quite crude chatter, which are all regular teen elements. And if that didn’t seem realistic enough, the child performances have got it all covered. The film manages to depict a painfully teenage reality. The details are abundantly lifelike, and it’s obviously not just the realistic-ness of the film that makes it an excellent coming-of-age tale, it’s how fast the movie feels. Stand By Me is absolutely has to be one of the most entertaining films ever created.

Honestly, this coming-of-age story could be your next favourite movie. Again, there’s nothing horror-themed about it just because it’s a Stephen King adaptation. The film will be entertaining for everyone, but adults can definitely learn that Stand By Me is exactly what teenagers are like.

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