Certain movies belong to certain times in your life. It doesn't mean as much to watch teen romances to me now as it did when I was a teenager. However, back then I thought I'd never be interested in political thrillers (which I am now).
The Goonies is a movie that belongs to my childhood. I was about the same age as all of the kids in the movie when it came to theaters. That's not where I saw it. I think I saw it at a birthday party with a bunch of other kids - a pretty appropriate setting when you think about it. It's not a great movie in the sense of filmmaking. The director, Richard Donner, was not a visionary or auteur, but he was never trying to win awards for his films. Somehow, he still made classics that hold up today. And it doesn't hurt that he was directing from a story by the master of childhood wonder, Steven Spielberg.
So, if it's not great filmmaking, why watch it? Because it is a great movie and extremely influential. Don't believe me? Watch The Goonies and you'll see the direct ancestry of the smash hit Stranger Things, whose creators (also my age) have admitted the film's profound affect on the show.
Enjoy Richard Donner's nostalgic 1985 adventure, The Goonies!