The Sandlot

1993

Action / Comedy / Drama / Family / Sport

49
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 68155

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James Earl Jones as Mr. Mertle
Marley Shelton as Wendy
Karen Allen as Mom
Denis Leary as Bill
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Reviewed by kiddcarl-cornell 10 / 10

Definitely a homer of a movie!

My family and I have watched "The Sandlot" many times over the past 15 years and we still enjoy every moment of it immensely. As devout sports fans and period piece buffs, it's not only one of our favorite sports movies, but also a great period piece that we admire. To this very day, we still quote lines from the film on occasion.

If you love baseball, period pieces, or both, I definitely recommend "The Sandlot"!!

Reviewed by chimera3 10 / 10

One of the Best Childhood Classics Ever

I think I was in grade school when I was introduced to this work of art. Since then, it has become a cult classic in more ways than one. I can find myself quoting this movie so much that sometimes I don't even remember doing it. For those of you who have not seen this movie (and I do mean ever), whether you weren't born when it was made or haven't even heard of it, I highly recommend that you do so. This is a movie that many of us kids who were born in the 80's grew up with and I would recommend it to anyone.

It all begins with Scott Smalls, a newcomer in a town in the Southwest. Doesn't have any idea what he's doing, makes a complete idiot out of himself without any help. It is at that point that he comes across one Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez, avid baseball player. Scotty (as he is called by everyone else) is then invited to go to the sandlot to play some baseball with some other boys.

Of course, his first game is nothing to write home about. The boys make fun of him and razz him to where he doesn't know if he wants to play anymore. By the second game, he's ready to go. As time wears on, the boys become friends and they start to have some fun. One day comes a rival neighborhood team that invades the sandlot and taunts the boys, exchanging insults at the drop of a hat.

Back in the day, "You play ball like a girl" was a serious insult because nobody believed that girls could play baseball. Following that heated exchange, the boys then go to the rival team's field and make sport of them without even trying. To celebrate, the boys then go to a carnival...where they make the biggest mistake ever: take chewing tobacco and then go on a fast ride, where they quickly lose the contents of their stomachs.

Then comes the biggest pickle to ever come their way: Benny (as he is called) destroys one of their baseballs with a powerful swing of the bat, forcing them to get another ball. Scotty, thinking he's done the right thing, swipes his stepdad's baseball signed by Babe Ruth and then plays with it. Unfortunately, he then hits the ball over the fence of Mr. Merle, to which it became property of the notorious "Beast."

True to form, the guys then figure out ways to try and get the ball back, only to fail miserably each time. Having had enough of the madness, Benny engages the Beast in a run around the neighborhood and wins, rewarding them with more baseballs than they know what to do with. Mr. Merle (James Earl Jones) comes out and introduces himself, telling the boys that they could've easily knocked on the door and he would've gotten the ball for them, making Squints the object of ridicule.

"The Great Bambino!" "You play ball like a girl." And let's not forget the obvious one: "You're killing me, Smalls!" I dare anyone say (at least those who are very familiar with this movie) that they don't know these lines. They will stay with you until you remember no more. Watch this gem over and over. Show it to your kids. They may find something that they actually like.

Reviewed by popcorninhell 7 / 10

Steeped in Nostalgia

By the time I got around to watching The Sandlot, I was already in high school. I don't know why that is exactly – It's considered an early nineties touchstone in much the way Pogs, Game Boys and The Mighty Ducks (1992) were back in the day. By the time it was widely available on VHS, the movie was laser-focused on kids my age. To whit snippet of dialogue like "you're killing me Smalls," had actually managed to sneak into my vocabulary without me even realizing it. So by the time I sat down to watch this ode to summer and eye-fluttering nostalgia, I was already at a point in my life where I was knee-jerkingly against everything that everyone else liked.

That is the legacy of The Sandlot that in my mind before setting out for a redemption re-watch. A clichéd, cloying, and unrelentingly sweet kid's movie that had neither the sense of wonder that E.T. (1982) had nor the propensity to revel in its silliness the way something like The Little Giants (1994) did. To top it off it was about baseball, a sport I had failed miserably in, two years in a row. I even had the distinction of being the only kid on my team to never hit the ball when up to bat. Hearing the collective sighs of parents in the stands and seeing the encroaching outfielders strolling closer as I came to the plate was excruciating.

Now that I am older, The Sandlot is more of a silly, good-natured summer movie than a vessel for childhood frustration. It's cute and quotable, liable to give anyone who watches it the same warm feeling when watching A Christmas Story (1983). It's a kid's film from the perspective of kids. Not exactly a rarity but by taking place in 1962, a lack of grounding could've turned out as un-engaging as Newsies (1992).

This doesn't stop the film from loading up the plot with a gaggle of stock characters. There's the leader (Vitar), the fat kid (Renna), the ham (Leopardi), the nerd (Gelt) et al. with Tom Guiry rounding out the cast as our fish-out-of-water and de facto narrator. The fact that Sandlot didn't see fit to add "the girl" is unfortunate but then Renna's "you throw like a girl," line wouldn't have been as funny and Leopardi's graft at the pool would have actually had consequence.

What strikes me the most about The Sandlot the third time around (I think) is it's not really about baseball. In fact, other than a late junkyard dog inspired action boost, the movie basically sits there like a summer heat wave. It's not really about anything other than chasing that feeling of no school, no work. None of the characters really change all that much, and inclusion of James Earl Jones feels like a lesson falling on deaf ears at best. At worst, it's a non-sequitur. If we're honest the only thing holding this thing together are a couple of loosely chronological hijinks.

But the hijinks are arguably the best part of the movie and coincidentally what everyone remembers so fondly. The whirlybird scene, the rival team standoff, the extended chase through the neighborhood, it's all so effective in a broad, shameless kind of way. It's during these moments our patience is rewarded with light-hearted, un-cynical entertainment in what otherwise feels like a Skippy's Peanut Butter commercial.

Nevertheless, The Sandlot appeal remains hidden under oh so many layers of quaintness. Even a casual observer will notice the camera-work is sloppy, the acting amateurish and the story lacks urgency. If you grew up with it, watching it a second time isn't likely to change your mind on its merits. Since I technically didn't grow up with it, I can't really see anything other than nostalgia propping it up.

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