Starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Josh Brolin, The Goonies was a movie for tweens — before tweens were even a thing. The Spielbergian plot follows kids from the “Goon Docks” section of Astoria, Oregon searching for pirate treasure. Along the way, they encounter a gang of criminals, the Toxic Avenger, “booty” traps, and the lady from Throw Momma from the Train. It may not have the heart of E.T. or suspense of Gremlins, but this 80s classic is like a two-hour theme park ride. Here are five scenes from this cult classic that help explain why Goonies never say die.
First you gotta do the Truffle Shuffle.
Long Before the Harlem Shake, there was the Truffle Shuffle. Want to try it for yourself? Lift up your Hawaiian-print shirt and shake your tummy flab while making bumblebee sounds. Do it right and you’ll win entry to the Walsh household, with the help of a Rube Goldberg machine that involves a bowling ball, chicken, and a sprinkler system. Sure, it wasn’t the most dignified scene for actor Jeff Cohen, but don’t feel too bad for him. He’s now a high powered entertainment lawyer in L.A. (and hasn’t done the Truffle Shuffle since college, he claims.)
One of the things that makes this film unique is its dark humor. In one of the funniest scenes in the film, Chunk is being interrogated by the Fratellis, who are searching for the rest of the Goonies. When asked to tell them everything he knows, he spouts out a laundry list of confessions that involves cheating on a third grade history test and using his uncle’s toupee to play Moses in a Hebrew school play. But his last confession is the real show stopper...
Always separate the drugs.
Being fluent in Spanish comes in handy for Mouth (Corey Feldman). Not only can he translate 17th century treasure maps, he can also help communicate with the Walsh’s new housekeeper, Rosalita. It’s typical 80s movie humor: really funny, but kinda racist.
It’s not like my mother’s Steinway.
To free themselves from the pirate’s lair, the Goonies need to pass a final test: playing a sequence of notes on an organ made of human bones. Play the right chords and they’re free to go home. Play the wrong ones and they face certain death. Kind of reminds me of my 5th grade piano lessons.
It’s our time down here.
Three things sum up the protagonist Mikey Walsh: treasure hunter, possible Flovent addict, and master thespian. If you’ve ever doubted Sean Astin’s acting chops, take a look at his classic our time monologue which begins with “Don’t you realize the next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town” and ends with the line “But that’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.” Move over Josh Brolin.