"Remember, kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you'll never go wrong.
— Babe Ruth
A 1993 classic Coming-of-Age Story
, it follows the summer adventures and misadventures of a group of boys and their ragtag baseball team playing on "The Sandlot," their makeshift baseball field in Los Angeles, during the summer of 1962.
Scotty Smalls is fairly brainy but struggles with making new friends due to being uncoordinated (doesn't have any skill at sports) and general shyness. In addition to being The New Guy
, his mom recently remarried and he isn't quite adjusted to his new step-dad. Watching a group of kids play at the sandlot, he is invited to join by their best player and team leader Benny Rodriguez. An outcast among the group at first, Benny guides Scotty to become a decent ball player
in his own right and is accepted by the others.
As the film progresses, they learn about s'mores, crushes, friendship and that growing up doesn't always mean disaster. They are also forced to match wits with "The Beast," a vicious genetically altered dog who was locked up for killing some 170 people trying to steal from the junk yard
, and now lives behind the left field fence.
Basically this movie was to the kids of The Nineties
what The Goonies
was to the kids of The Eighties
. It also follows The Hero's Journey
so well it's practically the baseball version of Star Wars
Two direct-to video sequels were made thirteen years after the original had came and went:
- The Sandlot 2 (2005): Set in 1972 (Ten Years after the First Movie) and features a new cast of kids taking over the lot. Essentially a Generation Xerox of the first movie only with girls in the group and replacing the prized baseball with a model rocket.
- The Sandlot: Heading Home (2007): Featured a bit more originally as it features an arrogant professional baseball player getting knocked out and winding up back in 1976 (Four Years after the Second Movie) to relive his childhood and learn The Power of Friendship.
This film provides examples of: