A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this film features some immature kid behavior: sneaking into a movie theater, breaking into an abandoned house, and stealing baseball equipment. But the larger lesson that Tommy learns is that he doesn't have to always be bigger and better, and that he doesn't have to be a jerk to be successful. Expect a little bit of mild language ("fat ass," etc.).
What's the story?
Cocky and arrogant, baseball player Tommy Santorelli (Luke Perry) jumps from team to team, looking for the biggest paycheck. Tommy needs an attitude adjustment, and he gets it in the form of a baseball to his noggin. When he awakens, he's 13 years old again, playing in the sandlot in his hometown. This was where he sold out the first time: To make it to a baseball prep school, he switches teams and ensures that the beloved sandlot will be torn down. But this time, he has a chance to do it differently. Can he put friendship first this time?
Is it any good?
There are so many delightful things about this film, even if it borrows most of its plot from other films. Yet predictable plot twists are handled with such a kind heart and light touch by director William Dear that you hardly mind. The film is effective and fun, and for young children who've never seen the earlier films, they're likely to delight.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Tommy's transformation. Do you ever feel pressure to sell out your friends to get something you really want? Do you ever want something so badly that you're willing to do anything and hurt anyone to do it? What do you think would happen if you stuck to what you know is true for yourself? Families can also discuss the appeal of sports movies, especially those featuring underdogs. Why are they so much fun to watch?
- In theaters: May 1, 2007
- On DVD or streaming: May 1, 2007
- Cast: Danny Nucci, Keanu Pires, Luke Perry
- Director: William Dear
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Friendship
- Run time: 96 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: language and some rude humor.
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