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Gordie and Chris' friendship becomes this as Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix's real-life friendship fell apart by the early 90s.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Meta example. Rob Reiner seemed to be fine with the kid gang portrayed smoking mainly because it happened in the book. 17 years later Reiner who is now known as one of the biggest advocates of anti smoking gets parodied in South Park.
The Woobie: Gordie, who by the end of the film has lost the only two people who ever really cared about him, and Chris, who works incredibly hard to make something of himself only to be cut down for a stupid reason by a thug.