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The Goonies

action & adventure, comedy

A group of ordinary kids discover a secret treasure map, their sleepy seaport lives are suddenly transformed into a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride.

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common sense

ON for kids age 10
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

A classic '80s action-fantasy -- tweens will love!

what parents need to know

Parents need to know this film is a rambunctious, noisy, pirate-themed treasure-hunt action-fantasy -- all the ingredients that kids will love. Kids are in peril, find a dead body, are being hunted by thieves who are after their treasure map, and fall into all kinds of trouble. Beyond the (now-dated) special effects, cavernous (literally) sets, stunts, hideous skeletons, and outsized props, there's a message about being yourself and bonding with your friends and siblings -- even if they're outcasts. Expect some vulgar humor and swearing (including "s--t"). The movie may be too scary for some kids, so know your kid before you watch.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the excitement within the movie. What about the film inspires adventure in your kid?
  • What kind of bond do these friends have? Are the characters relatable?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 4
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's a charmless exercise: director Richard Donner turns the kids into shrieking ferrets, and his jumpy cutting seems to lag behind the action deliberately in a curious attempt to make the film seem more chaotic and cluttered.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Thursday, February 1, 2007

Rotten: While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fresh: The Goonies has every imaginable funhouse flourish. It has crooks, bats, cobwebs, skeletons, a lovable monster, an underground grotto and a treasure hidden by some of the most considerate, clue-loving pirates who ever lived.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Monday, August 30, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

3 stars

- MisterYod4, Wednesday, September 8, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

5 stars

The Goonies is as good today as it was 25 years ago. It's a classic 80s kids movie that spares no expense to make you entertained. It also doesn't feel like a kid's movie, it feels like a great fantasy/adventure movie, treated with respect and care. Richard Donner clearly knew what he was doing and gives you a great looking film with no intolerable camp or cheesy jokes. For the cast being mostly children, it is pretty well acted. Some great performances from Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman. The story is fun, but well drawn out and effective. It's really hard not to enjoy.

- ythelastman89, Monday, June 7, 2010