Parents' Guide to

The Goonies

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.

Movie PG 1985 114 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 95 parent reviews

age 13+

I Can’t Believe this is rated PG!

We were looking forward to watching this with our 8 year old, 10 yr old, 12 yr old and 14 yr old but now i remember why I couldn’t remember anything from this movie from when I watched it as a kid— my parents probably didn’t let me watch the whole thing and I didn’t let my kids watch the whole thing either. The hanging dead body should have been my first clue. We turned it off when the “scary thing was chained up and being tortured”. We should have turned it off at the “sexual torture devices” part but I thought it’d get better. It didn’t.
age 12+


There was no warning in the common sense media summary "Parents need to knows that the kids find a FROZEN DEAD BODY with a gunshot wound on its forehead. This was after a range of other concerning but easier to look over things such as a person hanging themselves (it was fakez they were doing it to trick a guard but it didnt look like that initially), reference to sexual torture devices, a teenager sneaking a look up a girls skirt with a mirror, low level swearing, drug references and a scary basement scene with a guy chained up. It might be 80s level PG but it's not 2020s level PG more like M. Watch it through first without your kids if under 12.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (95 ):
Kids say (149 ):

This adventure romp is like Bad News Bears meets Pirates of the Caribbean. The Goonies comes from the imagination of Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story, and screenwriter Chris Columbus (who would later go on to direct the first two Harry Potter features). Director Richard Donner (whose Superman: The Movie is made the subject of one gag reference) got solid performances out of an ensemble of young talent -- Mikey (Sean Astin), Brand (Josh Brolin), Mouth (Corey Feldman), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), and Data (Jonathan Ke Quan). While Mikey's older brother, Brand, tries to disassociate himself from the misfit goonies and hang out with the cooler guys at high school, by the end of the movie he's bonded with his kid brother. Of course, little emotional details like that are sometimes lost with the theme park-scale waterfalls, waterslides, drawbridges, and full-sized treasure ship around which the plot is set up. For what it's worth, though, The Goonies does feel every bit as long as its 114 minutes and contains some obnoxious commercial-product placements, but overall it's an exciting, timeless adventure that can be enjoyed by all members of the family.

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