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The Sandlot 3: Heading Home

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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A fun baseball movie with a good message.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

At the beginning of the film, Tommy repeatedly sells out the people and things he loves to make himself look better. But in the end, he learns that he can be just as successful doing good things and listening to his heart. The kids do some irresponsible stuff (breaking into an abandonded house, stealing baseball equipment). An umpire tries to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on young Tommy, and the group freaks out at the prospect of two men's lips touching.

Violence & Scariness

Tommy gets hit in the face with a baseball twice. Tommy tries to hit some firework technicians with the baseballs he hits. Young Tommy threatens to fight the town bully.

Sexy Stuff

Tommy kisses his wife.


Mild language, including "nuts," "fat ass" and "buttface."


The Fox Sports Channel insignia appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen at the beginning of the film. Major League Baseball teams are prominently featured. Tommy and his mom go to see the film Young Einstein.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhuero April 9, 2008
Adult Written byrell5436 April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old February 19, 2011

perfect for kids, tweens, teens, and adults

I love the movie sooooo much! It's about this 41-year-old baseball player (famous, by the way) called Tommy Santorelli. He's really arrogant and selfi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybig_sister April 9, 2008


I think they should have stopped at number one...

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?

If you mixed Back to the Future with A Christmas Carol and sprinkled in a liberal dose of baseball fandom, you'd end up with this sweet, fun baseball movie that entertains while it instructs.

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?

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