Stand by Me ★★★★½

I think I thought I'd seen Stand By Me, but in reality I think I'd just seen all the 'famous' bits either in clips or parodied in popular culture. It's a sweet film, and does well to evoke the time in which its set, without over-egging it. Some of the performances are almost too 'grown-up' to be believable for the age of the protagonists. But putting this aside, it's a warm, rich depiction of a certain type of relationship - particularly among males - at a pivotal time of life.

The epilogue (post-epilogue?) is rather unnecessary and in some ways breaks the fourth wall when it doesn't need to.