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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.
"You mix you're Wheaties with your mama's toe jam."
When the sun's shining outside but your inside with the curtains drawn, dying a self-inflicted death from too much drink the night before (ok, I'm maybe being a tad dramatic), what better to watch than a feel-good, childhood favourite. I remember renting this film on VHS probably about half a dozen times when I was a kid but haven't seen it for years, a review last week by fellow Letterboxd member Robin Solsjo Hoglund reminded me that it existed and I decided to give it a rewatch and see if it still held up.
The film is narrated by the adult Scotty Smalls (the voice of director David M. Evans) and…
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…
I remember when I first got The Sandlot on DVD. I had received it as a birthday present from an aunt, but I never actually garnered any interest in watching it because I have an intense disliking of any and all sports (despite enjoying watching them from time to time). I saw sports films as some kind of unwelcome mix of something I love and something I despise, and was always afraid that I would end up hating it or it would be boring to me. After so many months, I finally got sick enough (literally) to actually decide to give the film a try. And wouldn't you know it, I fell in love.
I didn't have the idyllic childhood…
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
Sandlot is a children’s classic by this point, arguably right up there with films like Stand By Me, Home Alone, and My Girl; films that capture the heart and imagination of youth. These are film that are best suited when initially viewed as a young child, my exposure to the film came in bits and pieces in the last couple of years due to my sister falling in love with it, she even has a baseball with a “signature” of Babe Ruth. Clearly it has impacted her in such a way that manages to get past the lingering flaws that runs in this film.
Sandlot’s plot begins with a monologue, tracking back the event of an…
"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.
benny "the jet" rodriguez kinda needs to smash me up with a baseball
A true classic.
This was playing at a local park as an outdoor movie. Free popcorn and caricatures were available, and kids played with inflatable balls on the grassy slope as all waited for the sun to go down. The moon, nearly a full one, was positioned directly behind the screen in the sky. Once the film started the sounds of picnic snack being enjoyed and group laughter at the comedic moments filled the night. Under these circumstances the film itself is part of an experience, and is in a way buffered from scrutiny.
The only criticism I would throw out there is the overt use of sexism. Surrounded by lawn chairs and blankets, there are moments of checking out a girl that…
One of the best baseball movies of all time.
I don't know if this movie is good or my childhood memories of watching this have warped my critical thinking. Probably a little of both.
Greatest movie ever? Probably not but it's pretty damn close! This is in my top 10 for certain, maybe even top 5
The ultimate coming-of-age and sports movie. Pretty much my childhood.
Ohhhhhh high man Marcus you don't even wanna know the TRUTH about this movie
You're killing me Smalls!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
from my "watch it again" section on american netflix instant, all currently available to stream, ranked by how highly i…