Adolescence is an uphill battle but one that we all have to take before we’re officially classified as adults, at least on paper. Then as we get older, we find ourselves asking “Where has all the time gone?” as if it was something like the car keys that we can find again if we move that pile of junk mail and cell-phone bills on the kitchen table. I guess we like to look back to adolescence because it was a time where ice cream and secrets were the only forms of currency, a time of innocence and discovery.
But maybe you’re lucky. Maybe you got to go through this life-changing event with a group of friends, people who really understood you, companions who have seen you at your worst and were laughing with you at your best.
No matter who you are, where you are from or what generation you belong to, no movie captures this indefinable rite of passage better than “Stand By Me.”
“Stand By Me” is the 1986 classic about one man’s reflection on a time when things seemed to make more sense and adventures were waiting if you just went looking for them. So he and his three best friends decide to go in search of the dead body of boy their age.
On this journey the boys grow together and form bonds stronger than DNA. Together they learn to deal with growing up and the melting away of their innocence. At the tender ages of 12, sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O’Connell) learn all about what it truly means to be a friend, a family member, a hero.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the movie, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing a special Blu-ray DVD on March 22nd.
If you didn’t see it the first time, don’t’ miss this chance to revisit your adolescence. “Stand By Me” is a rare and timeless film that will be loved by all generations and all ages.
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