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“Kids suck,” is uttered by one of the antagonists during “Goonies” (1985). Later, someone says, “I feel like I’m babysitting, and I’m not getting paid.” As for me, with all the adults bickering and kids screaming, I felt like I was at Chuck E Cheese. Speaking of cheese, this film about hapless kids searching for pirate treasure is extremely overrated. It has a cult following. If you made it to age 15 without seeing it, you don’t need to. It’s only redeeming value is that some of the kid actors became successful adult actors (Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton).

A lot of guys consider “Rudy” (1993) one of their all-time favorite sports movies. Having finally seen it, I can tell why. The best sports movies are not primarily about sports. “Rudy” is about perseverance. It also serves up many comfortable cliches common to sports movies: the workout montage, the slow-clap moment, the peptalk(s), the climactic big game. Side note: the practice scenes are fantastic in how they show the brutal, nose-bloodying, knuckle-skinning reality of football. Everybody gets beat all to hell. Every single day. “Rudy” is also where Jon Favreau met Vince Vaughn. See if you can spot Vaughn.