So Stand by Me is a nice little film about a small posse of kids about to go to Junior High, and all of them have troubles with their dads, especially Gordy, who seems to have loved his older brother Denny more. Kind of like The Breakfast Club only the characters are on an adventure and in a race against time, they decide to follow a train track across the state because the group's wimp Vern said he overheard his brothers talking about the dead body of a teenager named Roy that is missing in action, and so the group decides to do a cross-country walk by themselves to try and claim the body to be heroes. The thing is, it's plural: that's what the group of kids want, and it's what the group of naughty teens want as well. It's not the actual walk that's the big adventure, however.
I saw this movie with my whole family, and I think this is the type of movie that you should watch it with. It'll prevent you from skipping ahead waiting for an action scene when all the charm is the whole point. It's also occasionally exciting when the gang jumps a fence into dangerous territory and they get a little bit of train trouble, though I wish this thing with a gruesome man and his, ahem, Chomper, went on a little longer. It was all fine and dandy and the boys all gave performances that are hard to overlook and are completely believable, even if some of them got a little bit over wimpy.
Look, the thing is, I might watch it again. This movie is good with some first-rate performances, a few surprises, one of which made me laugh a little, and as a drama, it really, REALLY works. The problem is how it ends. If this was a new movie, I'd say this was a cliffhanger. Everything's fine until the ending just appears abruptly and just does what it does: ends the movie. There are so many things that are underdeveloped, like the relationship with families, and especially the conflict between the kid's and the teenagers. Don't they remember what happened? Aren't they, I don't know, fugitives now? There didn't seem to be any time to end the story properly for the filmmakers if that's where it was going, but still: it was only eighty minutes. I wish it was a hundred. I enjoyed myself for a giant chunk of this nostalgic eighties movie, but the ending was basically atrocious in every way, so I guess I'm recommending that you see it, and I think you may see it differently than me: It's just on this website, it's a review of how much I personally enjoyed it.
Fun fact, by the way: There is a Chris Chambers in my family. I'm so not lying, and I feel proud to be a part of the Chambers Clan, even if this River Phoenix character certainly doesn't.