Manly Movies – Stand By Me
Stand By Me (1986)
Director: Rob Reiner
Writers: Stephen King (novel), Raynold Gideon & Bruce A Evans (screenplay)
Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Dreyfuss
After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood (1950s) journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.
Filled with so many iconic lines, and copied and parodied so much, you may forget most of it came from this movie. And yet, this is a movie that would never be made today. Not because it has a dead teenager it it, or mile violence, or cursing. Not because there is a scene where underage boys are in their underwear. But because there are almost no women in it. Aside from very brief scenes with a mother and a waitress, and one particularly odd story recounted by one of the boys, there are no other women in this movie. And, to some extent, that’s the point. This is a coming of age story of boys, not kids. Boys. And it is one that you should watch.