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.
  • 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.