The Sandlot (1993) – Encore Review


“Let me tell you something kid; Everybody gets one chance to do something great. Most people never take the chance, either because they’re too scared, or they don’t recognize it when it spits on their shoes. ” – The Babe

Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Jun 2017 and 25 Feb 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A kid moves to a new town and tries to blend in by learning to play baseball in the local sandlot.

My Take on it – This is a film that I rewtahced in order to refresh my memory before being a guest on a podcast discussing parts of the movie in great detail.

Thanks to Tierney for the invitation to partake!

This is a movie that I only saw for the first time nearly 5 years ago and rewatching it now, once again showed how enjoyable and nostalgic it can feel.

The story takes place in a more innocent time when kids would spend their days outside playing sports from dawn to dusk and I recalled the days of my youth spent playing baseball in Little League and also just for fun with friends in the neighborhood.

The characters are all not developed well enough, yet they all seem to fit in well with various stereotypes which can help viewers relate even more to the the story and everything that transpires here.

Love the way that they create a town myth about the beast on the other side of the fence and that adds a nice twist to the viewpoint of a kid looking at events from a child’s perspective.

The theme that is most prevalent here is one of friendship and how it can be possible for kids from slightly different backgrounds can bond so quickly and want to help one another as much as possible.

The narration helps so much in keeping things with a nostalgic feel that allows the viewer to feel even more connected to the events because of how it deals with things.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The vomit used in the ride scene was made from split pea soup, baked beans, oatmeal, a little water and some movie gel. They used paint guns to discharge it and they actually nailed a few people in real life by accident. The chewing tobacco was made from beef jerky and licorice. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10) (no change from original review)

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