Well, actually, the film wasn't better. Just the actor. Stand by Me was a good story and reminded me of other Stephen King movies of the time and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1986)- mainly because of the location and the narration. I thought Gilbert Grape was ok. I still dislike Julliette Lewis, though still love Mary Steenburgen. Johnny was ok, nothing spectacular, but I never really think he is- only in Ed Wood do I think he's something really special!
Nah, this film is all about Leo. He was the fucking bomb. Best spazzmo ever. How come he never got that Oscar? Let me just check who did get it that year... Tommy Lee Jones?! What the fuck! He's shite!!