Parental Guidance Suggests You Never Say Die

By Matt & Allie Norris 2014-06-11 15:06:33discussion comments
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beforethefilm
Normally, I ask Allie questions specifically about the movie in this spot, but she literally had no clue about The Goonies. Nothing. I couldn't say anything that made her make a connection to the movie besides saying one of the kids grew up to be Rudy and Samwise Gamgee. She knew those characters. Today I'm just asking her a few questions to gauge her potential interest in this movie

Allie, we watched Raiders of the Lost Ark in the first edition of Parental Guidance. Do you like that type of movie?
Absolutely. I love the character Indiana Jones and his adventures. It almost makes me want to major in archaeology.

I'm glad you like the movie but you might want to do read up on archaeology before making that your career. Anyways, you mentioned loving adventures. Would you want to go on an adventure like that?
Let's not get crazy here. What do you mean by adventure?

Like if you found a pirate treasure map in our attic. Would you go looking for it?
Dad, what possible reason would we have a pirate treasure map in our attic? My kind of adventure still has 4G service. But to answer your question, I'd probably show it to you and you would go find the treasure.

That's a good point. You do know your Dad. Do you like jewels? What about guys with misshapen heads?
What in the world is this movie about?

I laughed and told her she just had to watch it. She seemed concerned about the movie but I assured her that I thought she would like it a lot. In fact, I brought in my 11 year old daughter, Lindsay, to watch it as well. I was that confident that they would both love the movie.

After the Film


Allie's Thoughts on The Goonies
I love my Dad more than anything in the world but I sometimes lack faith in his movies. When he describes them to me, I can feel my eyebrows lowering to show my skepticism. If there is one thing this column should have taught me by now, it is to trust my Dad's instincts on what he thinks I'll like. May I just say, The Goonies was the first movie in forever that I have actually laughed out loud at. Of all the characters, Chunk is by far my favorite character. I feel wrong laughing at him doing the "Truffle Shuffle," but man, that's good humor right there. The story was fun, and it became more and more exciting as they got closer to the treasure.

"HEEEYYYYY YOUUUU GUUUUYYYYYS!" Sorry, I just felt like saying that in this article somewhere. I literally have been saying this for a week to annoy/entertain my Goonies-deprived friends. After seeing the Sloth action figure, I didn't think I'd like the character so much, but I felt bad for how he was treated by those nasty Fratelli's. We needed a sequel to this with just Sloth and Chunk going on their own adventures.

More than the great characters and the adventure, the best part of this movie was watching it with my Dad. He constantly would tell me a really funny part was coming up and then he would die laughing when it happened. He's a pretty cool old guy. (Maybe he'll let me drive his car more for admitting that?)

After the film, I had a few questions for Allie.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much did you like The Goonies?
It's a solid 9. It needed more Chunk to get a 10. :)

The movie is "old" and can look that way in many scenes. Does that bother you ?
No because I'm your kid. I'm sure many people would pass it by on first glance, but it's their loss!

Would you recommend this movie to your friends?
I definitely will. It's an awesome movie for all ages!
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