One of the benefits of stay-at-home entertainment is being able to watch castmates get together for virtual reunions. So far, curious fans ventured online to see stars from Desperate Housewives, Victorious, Sonny with a Chance, The Office, and more. But not all the fun is to be had by TV shows.
The cast of the cult classic movie The Goonies lifted more spirits by gathering today on Zoom and livestreaming their reunion.
Hosted by actor and superfan Josh Gad, it was like an ‘80s pop culture dream come true. Not only did the cast and some of its famous crew show up, but funds were raised for a good cause.
Josh Gad organized ‘The Goonies’ reunion
Gad, who is permanently associated with Olaf from Frozen, is a huge fan of the movie and apparently was trying to put this event together for some time. He was more than excited about promoting the party on Twitter and posted a clip of Sean Astin reciting some famous lines from The Goonies.
It marked the first episode of Gad’s “Reunited Apart” series and proved to be very special. Those who watched had the option to donate to The Center for Disaster Philanthropy to aid in COVID-19 relief efforts.
The original stars showed up
So much joy was felt by fans and the cast as one by one, guests were welcomed into the Zoom chat by Gad and Sean Astin (Mikey).
Nostalgia filled the screen as everyone joined in: Jeff Cohen (Chunk), Josh Brolin (Brand), Corey Feldman (Mouth), Ke Huy Quan (Data), Martha Plimpton (Stef), and Kerri Green (Andy)—complete with theme music. And yes, the Fratelli Brothers were there too.
Brolin called the reunion amazing and said he was shaking beforehand, saying that the quarantine is an opportunity for moments like these. After the group played catch-up, there was a deep dive into memories from shooting The Goonies and some reenactments.
Cohen, who played Chunk, is the only one who isn’t an actor these days and instead practices law. Sidebar: He looks nothing like Chunk anymore.
Gad also promised surprises, and guess who else from The Goonies team showed up? Chris Columbus, who wrote the screenplay, director Richard Donner, and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
The final surprise was ‘80s pop singer Cyndi Lauper who sang the theme song, “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough.”
Spielberg shared that the magic created in the film set the bar so high that his sequel ideas never came to fruition. Don’t count on a part 2.
The film celebrated its 35th anniversary this year
The Goonies hit theaters on June 7, 1985 and the anniversary served as part of Gad’s motivation for hosting this reunion. Annual celebrations shifted due to coronavirus, but each year, “Goonies Day” is recognized with various events and activities.
In Astoria, Oregon where it was filmed, a four-day extended party takes place with screenings, tours, behind-the-scenes tales, and merchandise. Prior to lockdown, 2020 gatherings were planned throughout the US.
Catch the full Goonies reunion on the YouTube link above or catch the spirit of the original film by streaming it on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, or Vudu.