The Sandlot (1993)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Americana, Coming-of-Age, Period Film, Sports Comedy  |   Release Date - Apr 9, 1993 (USA)  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Anthony Reed

A summertime counterpart to the wintry A Christmas Story (1983), The Sandlot is one of those quaint coming-of-age movies that looks back on childhood follies and adventures through rose-colored glasses. Also like A Christmas Story, The Sandlot is blessed with its own peculiar group of stereotypical characters who seem to be taken from everyone's childhood, and each tall tale seems taller than the next, warped in the same cleverly childlike way. In particular, the black-and-white silent movie sequence where we are shown how The Beast got so big and mean is a home run.