Stand by Me
Four boys seek adventure and heroism in the Oregon woods with their search for a missing teen's dead body in the 1950s. What they uncover about themselves along the way, however, means even more.
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- Rob Reiner
- 1987 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Feature nominee
- Best Director nominee: Rob Reiner
- 1987 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- 1987 Academy Award®
- Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), KoreanClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that despite its high nostalgia factor and preteen stars, Stand by Me should by no means be considered a children's movie. It has a ton of strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), implied and displayed violence, and sexual references/crude jokes, and it also deals with adult-oriented themes -- including the disillusionment of adolescence. Kids and teens also smoke and drink, and a dead body is shown. Stories about parental physical and emotional abuse aren't shown but are mentioned frequently and are key to the story. There's also an extremely memorable (and extremely gross) scene involving mass vomiting during an eating contest.
- Sexual Content
- Innuendo (references to masturbation, getting laid) and crude jokes. The boys are curious about the opposite sex and discuss girls in a crude but age-appropriate way.
- A dead body is shown; references to other violent acts (including a father hurting his son and another dad shooting a gun). Some peril (a train approaching while boys on the tracks) and threats. Scuffling/wrestling.
- Many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "t-ts," "d--k," and more, almost all by teen boys.
- Social Behavior
- The movie shows that growing up is an often-painful process. That said, the boys' friendship is a powerful force in their lives, and the movie has a strong nostalgic appeal.
- References to Winston's cigarettes, cherry PEZ, and Fruit of the Loom underwear.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Underage kids drink and smoke; a teen drives while drinking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it