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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…
"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.
So much fun revisiting a film I had watched hundreds of times as a kid but forgot most of the film completely after 20 years or so!
Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar) is such a cool, charismatic kid - the star player of the neighbourhood friends' baseball team - who also happens to be the only one who's nice to Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) who has just moved in following his parents' divorce. Benny, along with 7 other buddies - Squints (Chauncey Leopardi, who I recognized as the bully in Freaks & Geeks), 'Ham' Porter (Patrick Renna), and others - play baseball every day at the Sandlot, a nearby ballpark. Nearly every day, they have to scrounge up 98 cents for a…
This has to be the most lit childhood movie anyone can watch, I mean, honestly.
All about coming of age, baseball x100 and converse sneakers.
Oh yeah, Smalls never had a smore.
Love the sandlot it's a classic
Familiar coming-of-age story pulled off with wit and pizzaz
This movie exists in the heart, and in the mind, as it tugs on that nostalgic feeling of how hot you remember that summer being, how you almost didn't make it out alive from that crazy situation, and how far you crushed that baseball. Simply a joy. One of the most magical films ever made.
obligatory childhood favorite
I haven't seen this in a while. I have a feeling it is just as good now as it was then, and even if that isn't the case, its value as a cultural artifact isn't derived from the opinion of people like me, but from the opinion of people like me ten years ago, the time in which this movie first found its place in the slowly filling attic of my soul -- the shaft of sunlight from the window not yet speckled then with floating dots of dust, and the shining objects of innocence not yet draped in the clammy cloths of cynicism.
A classic film that certainly has its cheesy and illogical moments, but the charm of its characters and its childlike, fun spirit has stood the test of time.
Actual Rating: 7/10
"The Sandlot" possesses a fun, nostalgic, and youthful charm, that rarely appears in modern coming of age films. While most sequences are predictable, David Mickey Evans' simplistic direction benefits the story by focusing more on it's characters rather than plot. Despite it's background of the 1960's, the movie manages to remain relevant due to it's portrayal of friendship. Nothing bold or groundbreaking, but a remarkably positive film from beginning to end. Still shocked that I hadn't watched this beloved classic until now.
Letter Grade: A-
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…