In The Goonies, directed by Richard Donner (the recently released 16 Blocks), a group of kids (including Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and Josh Brolin) is facing its last days together. The housing complex in which they all live is about to be paved over – that is, unless the families living there can raise enough money to fight off the construction.
When one of the kids finds a pirate treasure map, he gathers up his group of buddies to go looking for the loot, hoping that some extra money will allow them to continue living in the same neighborhood. After coming across a series of caves, caverns and thrills, the kids figure out that they must stave off a family of criminals if they have any hopes of finding the treasure.
In Back to the Future, which screens directly after Goonies, a down-and-out high school kid named Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels back in time to the 1950s after his kooky mentor/friend, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is shot in a mall parking lot.
Upon entering the past, Marty ends up coming into contact with a younger version of his mom (Lea Thompson), teaching his dad (Crispin Glover) how to stick up for himself and staving off a high school bully. The film is sheer campy, creative fun; directed by Robert Zemeckis (Castaway), it would eventually spawn two successful sequels, as well.
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