Its name pays homage to the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts. GF is usually a “road trip” (O Brother, Where Art Thou; Planes, Trains & Automobiles); however, sometimes the journey can be more of a spiritual one (Chariots of Fire, Bad News Bears). GF contains a “road” which can span oceans, time, or even down the street as long as growth occurs. It contains a “team” or a “buddy” which our hero needs to guide him or her along the way, and a “prize” which is sought and which is primal: a return to home, a treasure, regaining one’s birthright.
GF examples: The Wizard of Oz; Paper Moon; Saving Private Ryan; Ocean’s Eleven; Maria Full of Grace; O Brother, Where Art Thou; Reservoir Dogs; Tangled; Argo; Hell or High Water