[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.
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
tenía literales años que no veía the sandlot --a la que conozco mejor como nuestra pandilla. quisiera decir que es una película particularmente buena, pero mentiría. es correcta, eso sí; esta escrita, filmada y actuada (e iluminada y decorada y lo que quieran poner aquí) de acuerdo al más rígido de los manuales no escritos del cine hollywoodense.
no obstante, lo que tiene a su favor es que sus anécdotas son comunes; creo que es difícil haber sido niño (y hasta ahora no conozco a un ser humano que no lo haya sido) y no haber tenido al menos alguna de estas experiencias --o similares: la mudanza, el grupo de amigos que muestran rechazo al recién llegado, la leyenda urbana…
Even though I've come to realize over the years that this is kind of a rip-off of STAND BY ME (complete with wistful narration, a scary junkyard dog, and a mass vomiting scene), it is still nearly every bit as good. After all, the world needs MORE movies like STAND BY ME, not less.
This is a wonderful film through and though. Funny, moving, smart and self-aware, filled with classic songs from the era that have never lost their sparkle, and the whole cast (kids and adults) is just awesome. I've watched it dozens of times, and I'll watch it dozens more.
"You're killin' me, Smalls!"
The Sandlot is a recollection of the American childhood. Playing catch with dad, going to the field with friends to play some ball, cooling off at the pool. Though the film isn't put together all that well, the story is excellent and it's too much reminiscent to not enjoy it.
I never thought a film about young kids would appeal this much to me. One of my favorites!
this film wraps every small town, all-american, summertime, fourth of july cliché you can think of into one charming little package, in which "you play ball like a girl" is the insult to end all insults and summer just seems to last forever. i had nearly forgotten this movie since watching it as a child... i'm glad i got to revisit it. the crude jokes are abundant with this one, so it was actually really decent of the script to take the time to emphasize how the legendary kissing of wendy peffercorn was pretty gross and a bad thing to do.
did anyone else have a major crush on benny rodriguez as a kid?
If I close my eyes, I can recall how it felt standing in the sun with my right hand getting sweaty in my too big, first baseman's glove. I loved that glove, cause it could catch anything, but being a hand me down from my stepdad, I was never going to grow into it. Between hitters, I'd wipe my hand down, so I could get the best grip possible. Man it was hot out there, but I didn't care. What could I possibly want to do with my summer more than this? I loved defending my territory and trying to anticipate where to stand depending on the next one at bat. What I loved even more was batting, hoping for…
Childhood: The Movie
Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast Episode #5 - www.canwestillbefriends.net/episode-5-sandlot/
For the film's 20th anniversary, the director and the movie toured throughout the US during the summer of 2013 and played at baseball stadiums. The movie is a childhood favorite for me and my friends and we just had a ball watching it in the outfield.
What's not to love about this one, c'mon.
I love The Sandlot, my favorite film with an ensemble cast of kids. it seems to get better and better.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-636 are not ordered yet.
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…