[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
A piece of paradise a half block wide and a whole summer long.
Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair.
Performances : 6.7/10
Story : 9.2/10
Production : 8.7/10
Overall : 8.2/10
The Sandlot does something nearly perfectly that most films could only ever hope to accomplish. It captures a moment. That period during your childhood where everything is possible, no matter how impossible. That desire to never want to grow up because it could never get better. That feeling of wonder and awe that even the smallest thing could inspire. In all seriousness it's like Goonies but with baseball in it. Since I'm very much into baseball this film just hits home in a way that most other "kids movies" won't ever manage to do.
It's not particularly well acted, but it's really just a bunch of kids having…
Nostalgia Bias: Arto’s Childhood Revisited (#3)
"...This is baseball. You gotta stop thinking. Just have fun. If you were having fun, you would've caught that ball."
I knew it was inevitable in revisiting childhood nostalgia that I would come across at least a few turds, but the last movie I reviewed infuriated me so much, I had to watch something I knew I’d love.
I never liked baseball. In the preteen years, my father would try his hardest to make me love it as much as him, but it was never my thing, and his persistence only made me hate the sport altogether. Despite not being a sports fan, I couldn’t help but see loads of kids sports movies as…
"The Sandlot," with its honey-dipped palette and period design that evokes the mythic innocence of 1962, is a sweet and rambunctious tale of friendship, baseball, and the adventures that both offer. While not remarkable cinematically, the film is solidly made. Where it excels is in its characters and themes, both of which reminding us all of people we've known and places we've been.
Even though I've come to realize over the years that this is kind of a rip-off of STAND BY ME (complete with wistful narration, a scary junkyard dog, and a mass vomiting scene), it is still nearly every bit as good. After all, the world needs MORE movies like STAND BY ME, not less.
This is a wonderful film through and though. Funny, moving, smart and self-aware, filled with classic songs from the era that have never lost their sparkle, and the whole cast (kids and adults) is just awesome. I've watched it dozens of times, and I'll watch it dozens more.
"You're killin' me, Smalls!"
As someone who has played baseball since the age of 5, it's actually kind of embrassing it took me to the age of 16 to finally get around to this. While, the plot may seem a little formulaic, and not without its cliches, The Sandlot is an incredibly endearing, and relatable coming of age story. This is just one of those films that made me feel like a kid again, and reminded me why I love the sport. All of the kids do a really great job here, while not only having great chemistry with each other, but also making their characters unique and very funny in their own ways. It's also always good to see Dennis Leary (although he's…
This movie is pretty well directed for being a movie about a bunch of kids, and being made in the nineties.
Basically, this movie is about a group of kids that play baseball in their local sandlot in a small-town area; the times, being around the 1960s, or 70s. The narrator,also the child version of our protagonist, Scotty Smalls, tells the audience his tale of the best summer of his life.
For a PG movie, there are some minor swear words and suggestive themes, but it is a fun coming-of-age story that you can watch again and again.
Enjoyable comedy and well told story from a kid's perspective.
Watched this film again just to see if it would hold up. Over all it did. Squints and Ham are the best. Interaction with the folks is a bit strange, the mom seems overly pushy but the kid stuff still makes me want to play some ball.
It's very episodic and the characters aren't as well drawn as they should be, but there's enough nostalgia and heart here to understand why many have taken to this movie.
You bob for apples in the toilet!
And you LIKE it.
I watch this every year and I know it like the back of my hand. On this viewing I was noticing the costuming. I don't know how perfectly accurate they are, but the clothes (especially those of Scotty's parents and Wendy) look vintage without looking costumey. It's the early 60s so you could've had everybody looking polished and perfect with big 60s hair but this looks so relaxed and realistic. That hat Smalls is wearing needs to be BURNED.
I'm not that into baseball, but this film does have a certain universal charm to it. However, for me, said charm only lasts for so long.
"wendy peffercorn my darling lover girl."
"The Sandlot" recaptures the magic of being a boy in the 'Burbs with nothing to do all summer but play baseball. These boys had big dreams and bigger imaginations the latter of which is put to the test by a nightmare of a beast a giant dog who devours baseballs and puts abrupt endings to one too many ball games. This is so refreshing because the only real problems the boys have is figuring out how to get their Babe Ruth autographed ball back from the ball chewing monster behind their outfield fence. There are no earth-shattering personal or family problems to be seen. This is light-heated fare. The nightmarish vision of the beast turns out to mostly be a…
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