[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
Revisited THE SANDLOT for the first time in a long, long time.
I had forgotten that the movie is framed as a long flashback and that the narration is pretty darned clunky at points, so for the first ten minutes or so I feared the worst--that THE SANDLOT, one of the great coming-of-age films of my childhood, hadn't held up to the test of time.
Fortunately, my initial fears dissipated quickly. THE SANDLOT is still a classic. What struck me more than anything else is that the kids in the movie actually seem like kids. And I don't mean just that the characters are well written (they are), but also that the actors playing them actually seem like kids themselves…
For yet another vehicle of treacly, self-obsessed baby boomer nostalgia, The Sandlot is pretty good. Although the characters are paper-thin, the kid actors are decent enough, balancing some pretty bad moments with enough funny bits to keep humming along. The adult cast is flimsy, but largely inconsequential — except for James Earl Jones, in yet another overly sentimental baseball-related role. In fact, as soon as Jones shows up, The Sandlot nose-dives from an only occasionally annoying memoir into a series of insufferably magical coincidences that are virtually dripping in the gross dog-scented saliva of smug self-satisfaction.
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I watched a lot of kids films in the 90s but I'd never even heard about this one. Maybe it didn't make it to Australia as we're not big on baseball here. Then again, we did get the classic Matt LeBlanc film Ed so who knows. I wish I did see this as a kid anyway because I would have loved it. As an adult, I still enjoyed it a lot. It's a great, nostalgic film about friendship, about kids having fun, and about the best damn summer ever. I enjoyed it a lot.
I’ve heard many things about The Sandlot, being a classic from the 90s, a baseball/sports film, and that quote above that I love, but couldn’t say in my day to day life because I haven’t seen the movie, until now. I’m probably one of the few people who haven’t seen when they were children, and so I kind of expected this movie to be loved because of nostalgia and mainly be a kid centric, and dated 90s film. So going in, I had moderately low expectations.
I liked this a lot more than I expected to and I found it be really charming. It’s very similar to Stand By Me with the voice over of the adult version of the…
Childhood favorite! If you have never seen this you must be living in a hole!
Is it perfect? No. Was it perfect for me when I was growing up without many friends? Yes and I will always love it for that.
Putting the usual sports movie cliches aside in favor of a more intelligent and realistic story, The Sandlot is a funny and charming family film with a large ensemble of very likable characters.
One of those situations where your friends will go on and on about a film and will not stop until you've seen it, yeah that's The Sandlot.
Watched at the summer camp I'm working in with a bunch of kids aged between 6-12, I can really see why The Sandlot is a smart choice. It's a funny coming of age sport drama that can be appreciated by adults and kids alike.
Very reminiscent to Stand By Me and even takes a similar layout but does a good job at becoming it's own movie. Likable plot and characters but it's the movies acting that is the films biggest bust.
Bring on the Sandlot 2
Okay maybe not then.
With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…