The Sandlot (1993)
Director: David M. Evans
Writer: David M. Evans, Robert Gunter
Starring: James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen
Reviewed By: Sammy the Blade
Method Viewed: Blu-ray
First and foremost…if you haven’t seen this movie before this month (I’m pointing at you Wade Boggs) then you are “a L 7 WEEEENIE!!!!” Hopefully that little jab at one particular head guys of 3Guys1Movie doesn’t get me kicked off of the review team, because it wouldn’t have been worth it. Maybe I’ll just not get a raise during next years review…we do get raises for this right?
Now that the dissing/insulting/jabbing is out of the way, this cult classic movie, which was, and is still enjoyed by just about every child and adult in America, just celebrated its 20th birthday, and a happy birthday it was indeed. This film brings a smile to your face every time, because it allows adults to relive their glory days of their childhood. A childhood when all you had to worry about were school, being home before dark, playing ball, and just enjoying life. The simple times of childhood are always welcomed memories to movie goers alike, and this film can take you all back to those glory days.
The Sandlot is about a special click of friends in the 1950’s, who have a special bond of friendship is almost as strong as their love for the game of baseball. Their passion for the baseball, (which is realistic for children in that time in history) is something very special to the viewer, as it makes you wish that you can just jump into the television and join them in that simpler time, and have that never ending dream of playing in the big leagues. These kids are in such a tight knit group, and are a group who don’t like change or new comers, but begrudgingly accept “the new kid” in town as one of their own. It isn’t easy for Smalls to win these guys over, mainly because his baseball knowledge is about as vast as my knowledge of Babylonian politics. He is not one that would be known as a world class athlete, but the gang takes to him after he finally catches a fly ball, by some magical movie stunt, that scene was pretty corny.
The kids are a mix of friends that you can relate to, because at least one of them will remind you of someone you used to grow up with, or maybe remind you of yourself. The Sandlot friends always seem to be getting into mischief, either on the diamond, at the community pool – which is a fantastically awesome and such a memorable scene…and no, not just because of a personal childhood crush on the lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn – and mischief also ensues with neighborhood dog, named appropriately, “The Beast.” Every group needs a leader, and Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez, is ring leader. Benny looks to be the eldest of them all, and defiantly acts as a big brother/father figure to many of them, especially the newcomer…Smalls. Smalls really doesn’t have a father figure in his life, because his step father (Denis Leary) doesn’t pay much attention to him, and usually pushes him aside, because he is too wrapped up into his work. So because of a non fathering father, Benny takes Smalls under his wing, from the first pitch, and a special bond is made between the two, for they will be friends for years and years to come.
The movie takes the team into a troubling bases loaded situation, or as Vin Scully would say…”up to their hips in crocodiles,” (and I am not exactly entirely sure what that means) when Smalls steals a prized possession of his step fathers, and it almost ends up in the belly of “The Beast.” This small problem sends the gang out on another adventure to try and get this ever valuable possession back, before his dad gets home, because if they don’t…Small’s life will be flashing before his eyes. The quest to get this possession back leads to many contraptions, which literally blow up in their faces, but the biggest problem is not the contraptions, but “The Beast” itself.
The music is great in the film, for anyone that is a fan of the moldy oldies, and the story line is one that can bring a smile to your face, and a memory to your mind. The acting is pretty good, considering the bulk of the cast are kids, but the ending of the film is really corny. I will save the ending by not giving out a spoiler, but ill just sound the alarm, for a spoiler alert. All in all the film is just enjoyable on all levels, and even if you have seen it twenty times, you always seem to find enjoyable scenes. One of the funniest scenes in the film, is really a magical movie moment, and is the scene when Ham (the catcher) is disrupting, jabbing, and heckling the opposing team with insults as they try to bat. The scene is just great and is something to really look forward to, especially when you pop in the new 20th anniversary Blu-Ray edition.
Homerun Line of the Movie:
There are so many to choose from in this film, which makes this so difficult and whichever line is picked, there is a fear of insulting all the other great lines…so here we go!
Ham: Is that your sister in the outfield…naked? Think she’ll go out with me?
Rating: 2 ½ Guys