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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.
Ever since high school, people have been on my case for never having seen this. "You're such a big baseball fan (and movie fan), how have you never seen it?"
It was as I feared. An immature children's movie. There's nothing wrong with that; those have their audience. I am not part of it. I'm fairly certain everyone who says it was great saw it as a kid, loved it then, and now loves it out of only nostalgia.
It's not a very good movie, and it's sort of a rip-off of Stand by Me. The difference, of course, is Stand by Me was an intelligently made film about kids that was meant for adults. It's a great movie. This is not.
"A piece of paradise a half block wide and a whole summer long."
Admittedly, I'd never seen The Sandlot before. I know, it has a reputation with people my age as a film you should have watched as a kid however, I hadn't really heard of it until a few years ago.
This coming-of-age comedy centres around a group of kids in 1962 America and the copious amount of time they spend playing baseball in their local sandlot. It's just such a relatable film as everyone has had summers they spend with their friends just hanging out in the same spots.
Surprisingly, The Sandlot was a lot funnier than I thought it would be, mainly thanks to the various characters…
The greatest achievement in the history of film making.
A lot could have been avoided if they just knocked on their neighbor's door........
Love how this supposedly takes place in the Valley hahah
"You're killin' me Smalls!"
This is the problem with never seeing movies when I was little, I miss out on that nostalgic vibe that I am suppose to get with movie like this, then I watch it as more of an adult and I end up not liking it as much as most people.
I think the movie is fine, don't get me wrong. I don't have any real problems with it, it's just that it never really did anything that impressed me either. The characters are OK (except for Ya-Ya I wanted to punch that kid in the face y'know), the story is OK, the pacing is OK, everything is OK, it does have that childhood vibe wrapping it all together that makes it good, but just good though.
I can definitely see why people love this, it's just not really for me I guess.
Longer than needed, slack pacing, annoying characters, meandering storytelling and bad humor. So why does it get 2 1/2 stars? Well, I'm soft on baseball in general and the scene of the kid and Babe Ruth is so terrible it becomes fantastic.
Oh, and James Earl Jones is great.
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…
Top 200 is pretty definitive. Essentially the top/most memorable 20-25% of all the films I've seen in my life (which…