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Although it may be derivative and overly nostalgic, I think the 1993 film The Sandlot, directed by David M. Evans, is a genuinely sweet and hilarious adventure that that takes place upon a screen. With its tone and narration, this film ultimately captures the innocence and joy of being young. An example of this is a statement by critic Roger Ebert. He said, in regards to one of the scenes, "There was a moment in the film when Rodriguez hit a line drive directly at the pitcher's mound, and I ducked and held up my mitt, and then I realized I didn't have a mitt, and it was then I also realized how completely this movie had seduced me with its memories of what really matters when you are 12." I, too, shared Ebert’s feelings when watching this charming film. It made me feel as though I was reliving my own childhood memories, such as my first, failed attempt of learning how to hit a baseball properly.
During my viewing of this film, the first feature that captured my attention was the narration. It not only created playful suspense and dread, but also enabled me, as a viewer, to watch through a young boy’s perspective. It made me aware of the character’s thoughts and revealed aspects of each of their future lives. Furthermore, I think that the narration contributed to the comedic nature of the film. For example, in one scene, after Squints kisses the lifeguard, the narrator says, “Michael Squints Palledorous walked a little taller that day. And we had to tip our hats to him. He was lucky she hadn't beaten the crap out of him. We wouldn't have blamed her. What he'd done was sneaky, rotten, and low... and cool. Not another one among us would have ever in a million years, even for a million dollars, had the guts to put the move on the lifeguard. He did. He had kissed a woman. And he had kissed her long and good. We got banned from the pool forever that day. But every time we walked by after that, the lifeguard looked down from her tower, right over at Squints, and smiled.”
In my opinion, another wonderful aspect of this film is the trueness of it. Unlike other baseball ball movies that feature young players, I think that this film is realistic in regards to its characters, as it features average baseball players who possess the attributes of modern-day boys, who are relatable to viewers.
According to several parent reviews, many have deemed this film to a family-friendly. However, despite the fact that it is considered a family movie, I think that The Sandlot is not appropriate for children of certain ages. An example of my reasoning is when the young baseball players attend the amusement park while consuming an entire bag of chewing tobacco. I think that this scene in particular may intrigue young viewers who might not know what the boys are doing and encourage them to do the same. Furthermore, I think that the scene when one of the boys pretends to have drowned and kisses the lifeguard who attempts to perform CPR upon him is also inappropriate for young viewers because it, too, encourages such behavior. Also, while the young boys stare at her with typical teenage interest, the camera lingers on close-shots of her various body parts. Whatever the intent, the result is unnecessary. Even so, I feel as though this is often disregarded in many cases because this is typically considered a young boy's behavior.
Overall, I thought that The Sandlot was an entertaining and captivating film that is both relatable and humorous. However, if I were to recommend it, it certainly wouldn’t be to a young child who may be oblivious to the some of the content within it.

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  2. I realized that my response may only consist of one-page, so I had no other choice but to re-edit it.

    Re-edit: Although it may be derivative and overly nostalgic, I think the 1993 film The Sandlot, directed by David M. Evans, is a genuinely sweet and hilarious adventure that that takes place upon a screen. With its tone and narration, this film ultimately captures the innocence and joy of being young.
    During my viewing of this film, the first feature that captured my attention was the narration. It not only created playful suspense and dread, but also enabled me, as a viewer, to watch through a young boy’s perspective. It made me aware of the character’s thoughts and revealed aspects of each of their future lives. Furthermore, I think that the narration contributed to the comedic nature of the film.
    Although it may be considered a “family-friendly” film, I don’t think that The Sandlot is appropriate for children of certain ages. An example of my reasoning is when the young baseball players attend the amusement park while consuming an entire bag of chewing tobacco. I think this scene in particular may intrigue young viewers encourage them to do the same. Furthermore, while the boys stare at the attractive lifeguard with typical pre-teen interest, the camera lingers on close-ups of her various body parts. Whatever the intent, the result is unnecessary.
    Overall, I thought that The Sandlot was an entertaining, captivating, and humorous film. However, if I were to recommend this movie, it certainly wouldn’t be to a young child who may be oblivious to the some of the content within it.

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