Stand by Me
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite its preteen stars, this should by no means be considered a children's movie. Aside from the abundance of profanity, implied and displayed violence, and sexually suggestive material, the predominance of adult-oriented themes dealing with the disillusionment of adolescence requires a mature, adult-outlook. There is plenty of sexual innuendo and alcohol and cigarette consumption by kids. A dead body is shown. Acts of violence are both alluded to and shown on film. Stories about parental physical and emotional abuse are not shown but are mentioned frequently and are integral to the story.
What's the story?
STAND BY ME (based on Stephen King's novella) revolves around four small-town 12-year-old boys who set out on a trek to find a dead body. The team overcomes oncoming trains, a disgusting bout with leeches, and the rival advances of a competing "gang" to collect the prize of seeing a dead body.
Is it any good?
The movie accurately depicts the painful process of maturation that has plagued both teens and preteens for ages. In many ways, the conclusion of the quest signifies the end of innocence (or at least childhood) for the principles, as the four boys are never quite the same after making their gruesome discovery.
The film's brilliance ultimately lies in its all-embracing adherence to the immutable rules of reality. Stand by Me goes to considerable lengths to identify the issues and accurately portray the pressures that lead to the disenchantment of teens everywhere. The boys' unyielding sense of camaraderie and irrepressible spirit of youth sees them through towering adversity that is ultimately admired, and at the same time abhorred.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the motives that compel the characters (adolescent children) to seek refuge in reckless behavior.
Discuss death -- whether it be a sibling or a stranger, and its effect on family members.