When eleven-year-old Scotty moves to a new neighbourhood, he joins the local baseball team and acquires a new set of friends to play ball with, while avoiding the legendary ball-eating dog known as the Beast, who patrols the back of the sandlot where they play. Unfortunately, it’s there that Scotty has accidentally hit his father’s prized baseball, autographed by Babe Ruth, so the boys have to risk everything to retrieve it.
This is one of those movies spread over a golden American summer (in this case, 1962) that’s aimed at tweenie boys who’ll chortle at the jokes, bodily fluids and dog slobber that peppers the film. And for kids who don’t know their dugouts from third base, it’s not just about baseball either, but more a warm little movie about boys growing up and having a good time while they’re at it.
Is The Sandlot suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Very young viewers may be frightened by the dog.