The Goonies: Classic or Bad Nostalgia Goggles?

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If you grew up watching The Goonies like Fr. Tito did, it has a special place in your heart. It’s a childhood adventure of going out on your own, finding buried treasure, and saving your family’s livelihood. There is excitement and intrigue, camaraderie, and even a little teenage romance. For a preteen in the 1980s, it was the ultimate film.

If you didn’t see the movie until you were in your late teens and it’s already the early 2000s… the feeling might be a bit different. That was my experience of the movie, and while I don’t “hate” it–it’s still a well-made movie and, at times, very charming, I just don’t have the love for it that the cult following would expect.

It is that disparity that Fr. Tito and I set out to discuss in this week’s Everyday Liminality. Is is nostalgia? Is it that certain things age differently than others? Is it that you have to be a certain age to appreciate something? Most likely a bit of it all.

2 Comments on “The Goonies: Classic or Bad Nostalgia Goggles?

  1. 1985 #1 movie Back To The Future
    Goonies #8
    I was 35 years old. Was watching Cocoon!
    Now at 72 give me any movie with older actors about experiences older people have.

  2. So this is a movie old people in their thirties know about???

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