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|The Sandlot 2|
Actors: Mike Antonakos, Neilen Benvegnu, Sean Berdy, Celia Bond, Samantha Burton
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Sports
Ten years ago, a quirky group of kids invaded the Sandlot, in one of the most beloved baseball movies of all-time. Now, a new generation of kids are back in THE SANDLOT 2, a nostalgic return to the dog days of summer play... more »
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Tiffany C. (jtcallaway)
Reviewed on 10/5/2008...
Cute movie but not as good as the first one. Still a must see! Kids who love baseball will love it!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Clearly not as good as the original
Joe Sherry | Minnesota | 05/07/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Ten years after the events of "The Sandlot" comes another story set in the same neighborhood on the same sandlot. All of the kids from the first movie are now ten years older and have all moved away. The only person remaining is Johnny Smalls (James Willson), the younger brother of Scott Smalls, the main character and narrator of the first movie. Johnny grew up hearing about the legends of the sandlot and how Benny pickled the Beast and recovered the Babe Ruth autographed ball and how Hercules, the Beast, was tamed. But this is now 1972 and those events are barely legend around the sandlot. A new group of kids play there now. But there are only 5 boys on this team. The boys are led by David Durango (Max-Lloyd Jones). The rest of the boys are fairly nameless. Sure, they are all given names, but their personalities are lacking. The catcher, Mac (Brett Kelley) seems to be taking the place of Hamilton Porter from the first movie as the loud mouth, large bodied catcher. But he lacks the personality of Ham. It is as if he is a poor copy of the original character. There is the token black kid on the team, taking the place of Kenny DeNunez. There is one character who stands out, the entertaining Fingers Samuelson (Sean Berdy). Fingers is deaf, hence the nickname, but is somehow the most striking character in the movie.
But there is a twist. This time there are girls. Hayley Good fairer (Samantha Burton) and two of her friends end up rounding out the team and are just as good, if not better, than the boys. Right from the start some of the old conflicts start up: the sandlot kids have a rivalry with the uniformed little leaguers and someone hit's a ball over the fence at Mr, Mertle's yard (James Earl Jones) where there lives a descendant of the Beast called the Great Fear. It is at this point that Johnny Smalls relates the legend of the Beast and the rise of the Great Fear. Naturally mischief ensues.
If anyone has seen the first "Sandlot", that person has a very good idea about how the rest of "The Sandlot 2" is going to play out. The stakes are raised in this movie, though that is also a matter of perception considering the first movie featured a retrieval of a ball autographed by Babe Ruth. Even so, "The Sandlot 2" is not a very original movie. Perhaps this isn't a surprise considering this movie was direct to video rather than getting a theatrical release. But so much of it plays out exactly like the first movie even with the same dialogue. What is most disappointing about this is the fact that both this movie and the original were written and directed by David Mickey Evans. If anyone could recapture some of the magic of "The Sandlot", it would be him. At least this wasn't a low budget sequel written and directed with somebody who has no ties to the original. That's also why this is so disappointed. Evans essentially remade the first movie with small cosmetic changes.
But what I don't understand is why the kids didn't just go and ask Mr. Mertle for help in retrieving what went over the fence. Scott Smalls had been friends with Mr. Mertle for years, so Johnny has to know that he is a decent and friendly man. The brief explanation given doesn't really make sense except that it allows the last third of the movie to have a conflict. Without it, this movie would have ended after an hour. It was just a weak explanation, though, and it just let the kids go through some of the same things that occurred in the original movie.
I'm sure than a younger audience will enjoy "The Sandlot 2", but those who have fond memories of "The Sandlot" should probably stay away. This does nothing to tarnish the original movie, but there just wasn't a need for a sequel and even with the original writer/director on board, there is no comparison between the two movies. "The Sandlot 2" is an inferior product and is missing the charm and humor and fun of "The Sandlot".
Keith A. Jones | Philadelphia PA | 05/14/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am a kid from the beautiful generation the Sandlot came to and to be completely honest when I saw this film being advertised I wanted nothing to do with it. A lot of people have said what they feel about this remake but this is an awful attempt. It was very hard watching this but since my past is so in love with the original it would have been odd to watch this and like it. For on this movie is goofy and these actors really don't have the same talent or strong presence the old cast had. If you ask me this is just a weak attempt to give the new generation their own Sandlot because the only thing different here are the girls. This Sandlot is a legendary classic so why would you be so cheap to ruin a films reputation this way.
The comedy is not the same, neither is the seriousness of the characters, and then there's no powerful character like Benny who was the most memorable character from Sandlot. Nobody here is memorable and they don't give off the deep feeling the original cast gave. Then there is the part at the end where they make this story up about the Beast really wanting to be released because there was a female dog in another fence he was in love with and he couldn't get to her. If I remember correctly the backyard was so huge that there wasn't enough room for another fence or for the Beast to know there was a female dog around. I also hated that the beast was smaller than most of the kids and in the first Sandlot beast was huge. This isn't really a sequel it's just a lousy remake with a couple of changes to make it appeal to kids. It's hard to believe that I don't hate this film because it was made off of a film my cousin and I grew up on but I gave it a fair chance and it just didn't work. Maybe kids will get a kick out of it but I didn't, it's just better to watch the original over and over."
Was this a Baseball movie?
Sweep The Leg | White Plains, New York USA | 06/11/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"For a baseball move it sure didn't have a lot of baseball in it (maybe less then 10 mins worth).
I never understood the point of making a sequel if you're not going to change the plot. It was basically a remake of the original and a really bad remake at that.
Pretend this movie was never made and go watch the original (you'll be happy you do)"