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Parents' Guide to

The Sandlot

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lighthearted tween baseball comedy has language, sexism.

Movie PG 1993 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 10+

Dated & sketchy but charming

There are a lot of things to enjoy about this film, but also much to question and have open and honest discussions with your children. The characters and story are cute and engaging. However, one of the boys deliberately causes a lifeguard to give him CPR so he can take advantage and kiss her with some force. The lifeguard is depicted very sexually and objectified by the filmmaker including shots of her slowly rubbing her skin with sunscreen, wearing a very revealing low cut swimsuit and lots of red lipstick. There are also some very close ups of her that made my daughters and I very uncomfortable. There are practically no consequences for this kid in his inappropriate behavior with the young woman - in fact though he is thrown out of the community pool, he is given approving pats on back and even a wink by the lifeguard. There are also several instances of cursing that seem superfluous. As far as racial diversity, there is very little representation. Of nine boys in the ensemble, there is only one actor of color and one Latino boy. The remaining seven are white. The story though is charming, funny and engaging. It depicts realities of the 1960s American white working class suburb and examines themes of friendship, bravery, parent/family issues and coming of age/puberty as well as perception/neglect of a dog. The child actors do a terrific job with their characters and the music, set decoration is very well detailed and eye-catching.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
7 people found this helpful.
age 10+

My son loves this movie, but I'm not comfortable with the sexy stuff, chewing tobacco use and various cuss words thrown about

I love that this movie celebrates the joy of being a kid, long summer days of kids just playing together in the neighborhood, not having to be under the watch of adults 24/7, having camp outs and BBQs and riding bikes all over town. I miss those days terribly. Plus, my 4 year old is a baseball fanatic and it really is the best game in the world and he just wants to play even harder and better every time he watches this movie. But certain parts always make me cringe, with the close up of Wendy's rear and slow pans over her in a bathing suit, I'm like REALLY!? So I just have to fast forward through those parts. And this site needs to update the drug reference part because the movie has a scene where the young boys all try chewing tobacco and think it's cool...at first...but I didn't want my son to get the wrong message that that's a good idea or legal or anything.
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37 ):
Kids say (82 ):

This charming film is like Field of Dreams for the tween set. Like Dreams, The Sandlot features the winning presence of James Earl Jones and a look at times gone by. Both also attempt to leave viewers with a life-affirming message. At the same time, The Sandlot doesn't take itself too seriously. The kids are charming and can really play the game; there's also a refreshing lack of precocious, cynical types. While it trades in some of the stock clichés of baseball films, it does so with utter conviction and earnestness. And, for once, here's a sports film for kids that isn't about winning.

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