[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.
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…
It is easy to understand how The Sandlot became a nostalgic childhood classic for entire generations. It has baseball, goofy characters, nostalgia, funny moments, life lessons and still more baseball.
The film starts off strong with its 1960s nostalgia and the introduction of its characters. In fact this is the most enjoyable point in the movie as Smalls begins to find himself playing ball with this ragtag group of misfits.
However, the story soon sputters out of steam and despite a sentimental ending there is little to hold it together. But there is no reason to over analyze. Just sit back and enjoy the show. You're killing me Smalls! Yaya.
You can hate baseball and still adore this movie. That takes some skill! Or nostalgia. Regardless, this is still one of the most enjoyable adolescent/sports flicks I've ever seen. It holds up so well at my current age. What was once hilarious and relatable coming of age movie is now an adorable, feel-good session. Still has one of the best chase sequences and childhood insult matches ever. Glad it didn't succumb to 90's nostalgia lameness like many of our other fallen comrades of old...
- The Spork Guy
This childrens shiti movie sucks such as in actors,story and scenery.
I dont even want to play beisbol after this film,they should put it in youtube instead of the cinema...Good video man.
Taking a trip down memory lane. All sorts of emotions come into play when watching this flick. My only suggestion would be a Mighty Ducks / Sandlot cross over... I mean we already have Jesse and Mendoza ;)
But in all honesty a great childhood movie that captures the beauty of Americas greatest past time :)
Such an amazing movie ! It still fills me with joy every time I watch this. I want to quote this forever .
In fact I just paused this movie so I can make smores .
A better baseball movie has never happened
"Pee-drinking crapface" kills me every time.
I think children's films hold up best when they begin from the point of nostalgia. This way it is told from an adult perspective which means parents will appreciate it and kids will still like it when they get older. Nobody wins when adults are making what they think kids want.
Side Note: I wonder who got to keep the animatronic version of The Beast? Or did it end up in a scrap heap somewhere?
If only for the fact that we get the phrase "L-7 Weenie" from it.
"You're killing me Smalls."
Sap, and not that great of sap; and lots of kids going "Ahhhhh!" I toyed with giving it only two stars, but since a true rating would likely be 2 and 1/4 stars, I just decided to round it to 2 and 1/2.
Charming, numbers of nostalgic moments for the older viewers, and at least one character in the gang we can relate to.
With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…