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  • Cult Classic: Another of the well loved 80s 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Chunk's lie about Michael Jackson supposedly stopping over at his house to use the bathroom becomes a bit hard to watch in light of Jackson being accused of pedophilia.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • The joke about Martin Sheen being a president (despite having played Kennedy in a mini series and a presidential candidate in The Dead Zone) is funnier after he played President Bartlet in The West Wing.
    • Mikey's speech about how the quest and the danger they're marching into is necessary because is all about saving their homes and staying together so they can't give up before it's finished is a bit Narmy in the film, but seeing as that's the future Samwise Gangee? It can be a bit hard not to picture The Shire instead of the Goon Docks.
    • The gang subduing Josh Brolin. In Avengers: Infinity War, some Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy try to subdue Thanos.
    • After Chunk drops the statue (apparently a smaller Michelangelo's David), the genitalia break off. This is similar to how male Stigoi lose their genitalia in The Strain (TV series) in which Sean Astin (Mikey) played Jim Kent who's spared said fate by way of a Mercy Kill, but not in the novel.
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  • 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jake Fratelli is an ass towards Sloth, not to mention a killer, though it's hard to not feel sorry for him as the The Un-Favourite in the Fratelli family.
    Jake: "Francis was always your favorite, Ma, you always liked him best!"
    Ma: *slaps Jake* "That's right!"
  • 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:
    • Spawned a string of indie T-shirts in the UK, bearing slogans such as 'Sloth love Chunk' and 'Do the Truffle Shuffle!'
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    • 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!!!"
    • "That's what I said, booby traps!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Fratellis, especially Mama, cross it via their Madwoman in the Attic treatment of Sloth - and her casual line on 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."
    • ANDY!!!!.... YOU GOONIE!!!!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The "It" in the basement... at first, anyway.
      • Then, the Fuel jumps to the Fratellis for treating him like that in the first place.
      • And their willingness to kill the kids just made them more monstrous.
    • The scene where they almost mutilate Chunk's hand in the blender to make him talk.
    • How scary was it that Chunk's attempt to call the cops and save his friends was in vain because the Sheriff doesn't believe him due to his notorious prank calls. You're in real danger this time and the one person who can save you doesn't believe you?
      • Not to mention how scary it was for the Sheriff when the phone line cut off? Chunk might be a notorious liar, but he still a kid who might actually be in danger this time.
    • The pirate ship has a bunch of these with all the surprises and skeletons.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Both games by Konami and the LEGO Dimensions Level Packnote  were quite good, surprisingly.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Sean Astin and Josh Brolin are one thing, but the two Fratelli boys that aren't Sloth, Joe Pantoliano and Robert Davi, are significantly bigger names now.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The truffle shuffle scene on the porch.
    • Once Again: "HEY YOU GUYS!".
  • 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.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Of the Little Rascals short "Mama's Little Pirate," if Leonard Maltin is to be believed.
  • Ugly Cute: Sloth. Despite his deformities, his expressions and personality still make him downright adorable.
  • 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, a whole scene dedicated to a statue's penis and several scenes of adolescents swearing. 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.
  • 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.

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