YMMV / The Goonies

  • Accidental Innuendo: "One-Eyed Willy", the legendary pirate.
  • Cult Classic: Another of the well loved 80's kid adventure films.
  • Director Displacement: It's very common for people to think that the film is directed by Steven Spielberg. He has only producer and story credits.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The rendition of Goonies R Good Enough in the two NES games (the first only available on PlayChoice-10 machines in the US, sadly) is surprisingly catchy.
    • The Cyndi Lauper original is no less an Ear Worm. Ah-ay-yi-yi-yi-YEEEAH!!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sloth.
  • Foe Yay: Between Mouth and Steff.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Chunk's lie about Michael Jackson supposedly stopping over at his house to use the bathroom becomes wince-worthy in light of his accusations of pedophilia.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The joke about Martin Sheen being a president (despite having played Kennedy in a mini series) is funnier after he played President Bartlet in The West Wing.
  • Hype Backlash: It's a good movie but its fans have a habit of talking it up to such huge degrees that when new audiences finally sit down to watch it, it can't possibly live up to their expectations.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Not in the film, but in the MAD magazine satire. One panel of it shows the Goonies prominently holding Pepsi cans while making a jab at the movie for all the Product Placement in it. In the movie, Mikey is seen flipping through a copy of MAD (one reader called them out on this in the "Letters and Tomatoes" column the following month).
  • Les Yay: The scene where Stef is comforting Andy when the gang encountered the skeleton of Chester Copperpot. Highlighted by Martha Plimpton in the commentary: "This is our love scene right here..."
  • Magic Franchise Word: "Hey you guys!"
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Recently spawned a string of indie T-shirts in the UK, bearing slogans such as 'Sloth love Chunk' and 'Do the Truffle Shuffle!'
    • And on YTMND, there are various sites based around Chunk, like "Chunk is Indestructable", where Captain Picard from Star Trek: First Contact tries to shoot down Chunk, and "Chunk Addresses Congress", where Chunk chastises the US Congress over the War in Iraq.
    • "HEY YOU GUYS!!!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Fratellis, specifically Mama, cross this once we learn their Madwoman in the Attic treatment of Sloth — and her nonchalant line about repeatedly dropping him as a baby.
  • Narm: The kids occasionally act more like three year olds than tweens, especially their insistence on calling the treasure "rich stuff."
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The "It" in the basement... at first, anyway.
      • Afterward, the Fuel shifts toward the Fratellis for treating him that way to begin with.
      • And their willingness to kill the kids just made them more monstrous.
    • The pirate ship has a bunch of these with all the surprises and skeletons.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Both games by Konami were quite good, surprisingly.
  • Painful Rhyme: Justified since they're just kids, but the Goonies Oath includes the lines, "Through heaven and hell, and nuclear war / Good pals like us, will stick like tar."
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The reason for cutting the scene of the octopus, which was about as threatening as a bathtub toy.
    • On the DVD Commentary, Jeff Cohen berates Richard Donner for one unfortunate bluescreen shot of the kids standing in front of the beach coastline.
    Corey Feldman: Hey I saw Superman, and I believed a man could fly.
    Jeff Cohen: You could show a man flying through the air, but couldn't show a bunch of kids standing in front of a coast?
    • The bats are clearly fake in their looks and movements, and in wider shots they're replaced with bowties. Doubles as Narm.
  • Ugly Cute: Sloth — he may be horribly disfigured, but his expressions and personality still make him downright adorable to see.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Despite the one noticeable greenscreen, mentioned above, almost everything else: the stunts, set pieces and fantastic sets (especially the location of Willie's ship) were all done practically and have aged fantastically well as a result. A fact proudly pointed out in the Special Edition commentary.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: People are more likely to assume "Hey you guys!" is from this movie rather than The Electric Company (1971).
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The film is generally remembered as a kids film, what with it centering on the adventures of a bunch of kids. However, the film features a man hanging from a noose, a child stuck in a closet with a corpse, a deformed man chained up in a basement, panty shots of a teenager, jokes about drugs and a whole scene dedicated to a statue's penis. When the Special Edition was released celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a PG-13(12A) rating some were surprised, until they viewed the film through adult eyes.
    • Lampshaded on the DVD commentary when the "statue's penis" scene comes up.
    Sean Astin: "We're teaching kids culture!"
  • The Woobie: Poor Sloth. Even when we and Chunk still assume he's a dangerous Madman in the Attic, it's impossible not to feel bad for him as he sits chained to his seat, begging for food from his Jerkass brother.
    • Speaking of which, Jake Fratelli is a Jerkass Woobie. He's an ass towards Sloth, not to mention a killer, though it's hard to not feel sorry for him as the The Unfavourite in the Fratelli family.
      Jake: "Francis was always your favorite, Ma, you always liked him best!"
      Ma: *slaps Jake* "That's right!"