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The Sandlot Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Field of Dreams for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that if this nostalgic baseball comedy missteps, it's in the treatment of Wendy -- the much sought after, slightly older "babe" who one of the boys tricks into kissing him. While the guys ogle her with typical preteen interest, the camera lingers on close-ups of her various body parts. Whatever the intent, the result is unnecessary. Family relationships are also somewhat strained (particularly between one of the boys and his indifferent stepdad), but friendship plays a strong role and comes off in a very positive light.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of sports movies. Why are there so many of them? Is it always a guarantee that the underdogs will come out on top?
  • Do you have to have been a kid in the 1960s to appreciate this movie? Why or why not? What about it appeals to kids of different generations?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids are bound to pick up a few baseball-related tips and rules.

  • message true1

    Messages: Full of nostalgia, the movie has positive messages about friendship and loyalty. Family relationships are more complex, but characters' intent is generally good.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The kids are typical preteen boys ("shut up, butt face" qualifies as a witty rejoinder), but they clearly care about each other when it counts. Even though the film is set in 1962, some parents will question the way that girls are portrayed.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: The "beast" over the fence (a dog) may scare younger, particularly sensitive children.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: The boys ogle teenage girls, and the camera lingers on the female anatomy. One of the boys tricks a lifeguard into kissing him.

  • language false2

    Language: A few instances of "shit" uttered by kids. Lots of name calling and low-level swearing: "crap," "butt," "jerk," idiot" and other creative insults.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable