YMMV / The Sandlot

  • Awesome Music: "Green Onions", which plays when the sandlot boys have their confrontation with the Little Leaguers.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film has mixed reviews from critics with a 57% on Rotton Tomatoes but overly positive reviews with audiences with a score of 89%.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ham is one of the best-remembered characters in the movie, despite having relatively little screen time. It helps that some of the most meme-tastic lines in the film (see Memetic Mutation and Signature Scene) are said by him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Forcibly, nonconsensually kissing a girl is an important rite of passage. It's said that they were "banned from the pool forever that day", but this is a sidenote, so the example is still valid. She's even said to have been impressed by it and married him in the epilogue.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Smalls' mother telling him to get into trouble during the summer (not too much, but some) becomes not so funny after the actor who played Smalls got arrested 20 years later.
    • It's hard to imagine Squints getting off with just being banned from the pool for life over his stunt. Sexual harassment and matters of consent have become Serious Business even for children. Today he could likely expect serious legal ramifications. Since the movie took place in the height of the Mad Men era when sexual harassment was as American as apple pie, he probably would've just gotten slapped back then.
  • Ho Yay: Smalls and Benny.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Nausea Fuel: The fair scene, in all its glory. Surprisingly works quite well as An Aesop.
  • One-Scene Wonder: James Earl Jones as Mr. Mertle, the owner of the junkyard and Hercules aka "The Beast".
  • Recycled Script: The second movie's plot is almost exactly the same as the first, with the exception of a few plot details.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The standoff between the Sandlot kids and their rival team.
      Ham: You play ball like a girl!
    • The chase scene with Benny and the Beast.
      Benny: Sandlot! Sandlot! Sandlot!
    • The how you build some s'mores scene.
      Ham: You're killing me Smalls!
  • Special Effect Failure: The cutaway shots of fireworks during the Fourth of July game are stretched horizontally (the fireworks appear oblong), meaning non-anamorphic stock footage was spliced into the film.
    • The animatronics used in many scenes for The Beast don't hold up particularly well. Though in a bit of Fridge Brilliance that may make them work even work better considering his mythic status among the kids.