Books and Movies Reviews

Stand By Me

Stand By Me is the story of true friendship and the loss of innocence. It brings all childhood insecurities, fears, and dreams intosharp, crystal-clear focus. It begins, as childhood stories often do, with curiosity. Four friends, each with his own emotional
baggage, decide to go on an adventure: to find the dead body of a boy who has mysteriously disappeared. Our quartet, being
young and adventurous, see the excitement as outweighing the possible dangers and risks.
The group consists of Chris Chambers, a very bright, outspoken boy, full of bravado on the outside, yet full of insecurity on the
inside. Chris is intelligent, but being constantly beaten by his father, as well as having to live down his brother’s bad reputation,
have made him fearful and hopeless in regards to his future. His best friend is Gordie Lachance, a boy also full of fear for his
future. Ever since his popular, older brother was killed in an accident, Gordie has become “the invisible boy” to his parents.
They no longer see him or hear him emotionally. Physically they are there, but emotionally they are not. Then there is Teddy
Duchamp, the son of an emotionally disturbed man who has abused him all his life. Teddy lives in constant denial of his
childhood pain and creates a fantasy world in which his father is a good, loving hero. Vern Tessio rounds out the quartet. Vern
is a fairly fat, clumsy boy who is constantly being pushed around by his older brother.
On the journey to find the body of this dead boy, our heroes discover themselvesfirst and foremost. Each boy, in his own way,
has to face his fears, but not alone; they all have each other to lean on. This movie is about true friendship in the purest
sense…the ultimate acceptance of who you are with no strings attached. These boys love and accept each other with all their
frailities and insecurities, and they do not expect anything from each other; they just love each other


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