[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...
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Ignoring the hefty drama-crap that's found so often in sport movies, The Sandlot is a perfect rendition of a feel-good and heartwarming coming-of-age film. The story may be loose and somewhat immaterial, but that's in thought of a sport movie. Unquestionably, it's a series of amusing and nostalgic events; a feel-good anthem with simple yet effective words; a movie where the people come before the sport.
The Sandlot dissects the nostalgia of childhood; where memories were forever lost and remembered, and where friends were the best of friends. It's one that I'll cherish forever.
It might not be as witty and poignant as other films of it's kind like "Goonies" "Super 8" and "Stand By Me," but, that's real competition. All three of those films are in my Top 100. The Sandlot is still a funny, nostalgic film with a lot of sweet, sappy, goofy moments that is a light, fluffy, summer film to watch on a bright, sunny day.
Sentimental favorite, one of my favorite movies as a kid. Getting to watch it with my kids was awesome
The Yankees swept the Red Sox this weekend at Boston. So I was in the baseball spirit and had to watch this. I've probably seen this movie a hundred times and I love the shit out of it. Best baseball movie ever!
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Simply put, one of the best movies ever. There's a youthful innocence and purity to this movie that I can't remember seeing or feeling while watching any other movie besides maybe Stand By Me. It stands by that movie as a classic in my opinion.
I remember growing up as a kid playing in our own neighborhood sandlot with my brothers and the neighbor kids and thinking, "I'm sure glad we don't got a Beast to contend with when we hit our baseballs over the fence."
I grew up with this movie and I'll love it forever. I prefer to think the sequels don't really exist.
This movie is also infinitely quoteable. I catch myself saying "You're killing me Smalls,"…
So maybe its not the great film that I thought it was when I was 14 years old. However it still brings back the nostalgia not only of being a kid but of living in a time when everything seemed perfect.
Even if it was decades before we were born there was a time when we were all Squints with our own versions of a Wendy Peffercorn!
It is unfocused and confused, and the screenplay is very troubled and mundane, but hell, it is tons of fun and the nostalgia was not hammered up. You may think that it's very silly, but that's what childhood is: little circumstances like getting a baseball from a dog feels like a big spectacle.
Not only one of the greatest kids movies of all-time but also an amazing baseball movie.
Not only is it absolutely hilarious but also filled with some touching moments.
The Sandlot captures what its like to be a kid during the summer.
One of my all-time faves.
With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…