In the 19 years since its release, "The Sandlot" has become the yardstick that all childhood summers are measured against.
The David M. Evans's classic follows a gaggle of baseball-obsessed boys during the summer of 1962. But the 1993 film is more than a nostalgic look back on childhood, friendship and baseball. It also offers one of the best Fourth of July sequences ever set to film.
As the world is grilling up their proverbial hot dogs and awaiting their own fireworks finale, let's look at 21 reasons why it's the most perfect Fourth of July moment ever put to film.
1. Mom! I'm going out!
2. Baggy overshirts, tight little jeans.
3. Wholesome street parties.
4. Ham ate something (cake? grapes?) with two hands and then put it back on its plate.
5. Then he prepares a hot dog. Oh, Ham!
6. Benny's name is actually Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez. Benjamin Franklin.
7. Yeah-Yeah is dressed like Tom Cruise in "The Outsiders."
8. Home run!
9. Slo-mo time!
10. Ham's wow-face.
12. Ray Charles's "America the Beautiful."
13. "Yeah Yeah" is speechless.
14. Tommy "Repeat" Timmons might actually be six-years-old.
15. The other kid with the glasses gets some screen time!
16. Smalls still looks confused, poor thing.
17. Squints is the coolest for a few reasons: one, he's wearing a backwards hat; two, he simulated the firework explosion and three, yeah, he's got great glasses.
18. "Sweet America..." (Sniff.)
19. Open-mouth-in-disbelief montage!
20. This is kind of a long finale, right?
21. Your inner-monologue: I wish I played baseball.
12. 'Red Sonja' (1985)
"Sonja" is the only time that <em>Arnold Schwarzenegger</em> out-acted someone.
11. 'Superman Returns' (2006)
There's nothing more American than a Superman movie on the 4th of the July. However, this version starring Brandon Routh was both boring and filled with listless visuals.
10. 'Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie' (1995)
Do you hear that? That's the sound of an entire generation of "Power Ranger" fans becoming totally embarrassed.
9. 'The Last Airbender' (2010)
On top of having a six percent <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_airbender/" target="_hplink">Rotten Tomatoes score</a>, M. Night Shyamalan's mess of a movie was also accused of being really racist.
8. 'Out to Sea' (1997)
Why couldn't Hollywood just let Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon enjoy their twilight years? This is making <em>us</em> feel old and tired.
7. 'Problem Child 2' (1991)
"PC 2" answered all the lingering questions from the first movie, like "What would happen if nothing changed and we just got more of the same, only not as funny?"
6. 'Judge Dredd' (1995)
Fans of the comic were not happy with this sloppy adaptation, where Sly Stallone stumbles around shouting "I am the law!"
5. 'The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle' (2000)
This was the first warning sign that De Niro was starting to phone it in -- but no one listened.
4. 'The Patriot' (2000)
The story of America's fight for independence has been told plenty of times, but here, audiences got one that was ridiculously inaccurate.
3. 'Men in Black II' (2002)
It's just like the first "Men in Black" -- except totally devoid of any charm.
2. 'License to Wed' (2007)
John Krasinski looked almost embarrassed to be in this 2007 comedy, about an engaged couple put through a marriage preparation course.
1. 'Wild, Wild West' (1999)
Well at least, uh, Kenneth Branagh was in it?
12. 'Innerspace' (1987)
Martin Short isn't in enough movies. That is all.
11. 'A League of Their Own' (1992)
A '90s favorite that gave us terrific performances from Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and, yes, Madonna.
10. 'South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut' (1999)
Everyone was expecting a gleeful display of filth and immature vulgarity, and they got that --- along with an amazing movie musical.
Space dementia! Sending oil drillers into space! Animal crackers as foreplay! This movie played it all so seriously, and that took some real guts.
8. 'Die Hard 2: Die Harder' (1990)
If you're going to celebrate Christmas in July, then John McClane has to come along.
7. 'Apollo 13' (1995)
Even though recorded history told us everything had worked out fine, audiences were still on the edge of their seat, wondering if the astronauts would make it home.
6. 'Big Trouble in Little China' (1986)
How could this movie flop? Are you telling us that America isn't ready for a martial arts-comedy-horror starring a wise crackin' Kurt Russell? Give it some time; they'll come around.
5. 'Spider-Man 2' (2004)
The first "perfect" superhero movie.
4. 'Men in Black' (1997)
Only Big Willie Style could give us a movie <em>and</em> song about shadowy government operatives and make it the hot jam of the summer.
3. 'Independence Day' (1996)
In Jeff Goldblum (and Bill Pullman!), we trust.
2. 'Back to the Future' (1985)
Doc Brown, Marty McFly, Biff -- at this point, "BTTF" has transcended the 4th of July.
1. 'T2: Judgement Day' (1991)
The James Cameron sequel is still one of the most epic epics to ever epic.
Honorable Mention: Michael Bay's 'Transformers'
Michael Bay's 'Transformers' is neither good nor bad. It is only Bay.