Those who found Stand by Me cheesey to an unbearable degree would be best advised to avoid the The Sandlot. i for one, enjoyed stand by me and consider it one of the best coming of age films of all time, but if stand by me shows us how to make a good coming of age film, the sandlot shows us how to turn the cheese up just a little to much.
co-writer/director David Mickey Evans borrows liberally from TV's The Wonder Years, to fashion this exaggerated slice of Americana dream pie with "That's when I learned...." clichés. Although the cast of youngsters are more than capable, the direction is a real weak point in this film and it effectively neuters any asemblance of realism in the performances.
Top it all off with a wonder years- esque voice over (which sounds like the actual voice over from the wonder years!) and a wish-fulfillment, flash-forward ending that makes mature chedder seem like a triangle of the most mild dairylee, and it becomes clear that Sandlot is one of the cheesiest coming of age films out there.
but sometimes we all like a bit of cheese don't we? at the end of the day this film isn't meant to be earth shattering, it's not meant to provoke responces and make us think. its just a bit of fun!