The Sandlot

Movie review by Randy White, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Lighthearted, nostalgic tween comedy; some language.

PG 1993 101 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 39 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 90 reviews

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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.

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age 13+

Garbage

Formulaic and trite, with bad dialogue, lousy acting, and a dash of rape culture. The Sandlot was made for Baby Boomer audiences misremembering their childhoods and robbed from A Christmas Story and Stand By Me doing it. Pass on this stinker.
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