26 October 2011
What can be considered dramatic and life changing? In a small town in Oregon on Labor Day weekend four preteen boys see another boy’s lifeless body lying under some dead tree branches. It changes their lives forever. In the movie Stand by Me by director Rob Reiner and producer Bruce Evans; Gordie, Chris, Teddy, and Vern go on an adventure to see a dead body, and they learn a lot along the way. Evans shows experiences in friendship, growing up, stereotyping, and life and death as being crossroads in their own destinies. Adult Gordie types the last lines of the film on his computer, and they write, “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?” This quote conveys a message about friendship. Evans exhibits the boys playing poker for money, using foul language, and smoking cigarettes in the beginning of the movie. Children at that age are starting to understand life, and they need each other in the process of growing up. Many people do not continue being friends with the same people they were friends with when they are young. As people mature, they go different ways. Evans shows this at the end of the movie when the narrator explains what happened to all of the boys. As twelve year old boys: Vern is the loyal friend that everyone in the group picked on, but they would not be the same without him; Teddy is the one that has no regard for his life, and has an abusive father that was put in a psych-ward; Chris is the leader, and comes from a bad family; and Gordie is the smart and creative friend. As mature adult men: Vern is married to his high school sweetheart, and operates a forklift for a living; Teddy cannot get into the Army, so he is in and out of jail; Chris becomes a lawyer, but dies by being stabbed in the throat while braking up a fight in a fast food line; and Gordie becomes a writer with a loving family. Stereotyping is another big...