A Tribute to Vern From Stand By Me

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Vern Tessio, played by Jerry O’Connell, is the portly lad in the classic 1986 film Stand By Me. He likes Pez. He also owns a comb. He one day hopes to find his penny collection, which is buried somewhere under the porch. Gunaxin has already written about how great Stand By Me is, so now let’s focus on how great Vern is.

First, let’s get in the mood by watching the trailer to the movie. Note the Vern sequences.

Best Vern Dialogue

STAND+BY+ME+DVD+REVIEW+2 300x264Vern: You guys wanna go see a dead body?

Vern: If I could only have one food for the rest of my life? That’s easy-Pez. Cherry-flavored Pez. No question about it.

Vern: Oh, God. That’s weird. What the hell is Goofy?

Vern: Do you think Mighty Mouse could beat up Superman?
Teddy: What are you, cracked?
Vern: Why not? I saw the other day. He was carrying five elephants in one hand!
Teddy: Boy, you don’t know nothing! Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman’s a real guy. There’s no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.
Vern: Yeah, maybe you’re right. It’d be a good fight, though.

Gordie: Well this kid is our age but he’s fat. Real fat. He weighs close to one-eighty. But you know, it’s not his fault. It’s his glands.
Vern: Oh yeah, my cousin’s like that, sincerely. She weighs over three hundred pounds! Supposed to be Hyboid Gland or something. Well, I don’t know about any Hyboid Glands, but what a blimp! No shit. She looks like a Thanksgiving turkey. And you know this one time…

Vern: Geez, Gordie. Why couldn’t you have gotten breakfast stuff? Like Twinkies and Pez and Root Beer?
Gordie: Sorry, Vern. I guess a more experienced shopper could have gotten more for your seven cents.

gcvt2 300x142Vern: What am I supposed to do, think of everything? I brought the comb!
Teddy: Oh, great! You brought the comb! What did you bring a comb for? You don’t even have any hair!

Vern: There’s one thing I didn’t understand. Did Lardass have to pay to get in the contest?
[Chris and Teddy sigh]
Gordie: No, Vern. They just let him in.

Vern: Oh great, spit at the fat kid. Real good.

Vern Poll

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Vern on the Web

  • Vern Facebook Page
  • Jerry O’Connell fan site
  • Ode to an 80s Fat Kid: Vern Tessio

Vern Today


WTF? That looks NOTHING like Vern. What did he do, pig out on Twinkies for the Vern role? I hate this guy just for looking like this. Even worse, look who he sleeps with… Rebecca Romijn, aka her:

Rebecca Romijn


Let’s end with the Stand By Me music video.