The Sandlot 3: Heading Home

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Baseball sequel has name-calling, bullying.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

At beginning of 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. Inevitable lessons on importance of teamwork and playing baseball "for the love of the game." The kids do some irresponsible stuff (breaking into an abandoned 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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A pro player for the LA Dodgers visits the sandlot to give pointers to the kids and to remind them that the important thing is to play for the "love of the game." Tommy learns the importance of teamwork and selfless play. 

Violence & Scariness

Tommy gets hit in the face with a baseball twice. One of the kids gets hit in the groin by an errant pitch, falls to the ground, then talks in a "helium" voice. Tommy tries to hit some firework technicians with the baseballs he hits. A bullying kid from the rival team sticks his gum on the bike lock of a smaller kid, and young Tommy threatens to fight him. Tommy and the bully trade insults, culminating in the bully making fun of Tommy because his mother is dying of cancer. 

Sexy Stuff

Tommy kisses his wife. When in a bedroom searching for "something really important," Tommy smirks, then looks under the mattress. 

Language

Mild profanity: "Ass," "crap." Juvenile name-calling between kids, such as "turd mouth" and "L-7 weenies." The overweight kid is a frequent source of fat-shaming jokes. When the kids find Tommy unconscious, they suggest waking him up by kicking him in the "nuts" and "family jewels." 

Consumerism

Fox Sports Channel insignia appears in bottom-right corner of screen at beginning of film. Major League Baseball teams prominently featured. Tommy and his mom go see the film Young Einstein. References made to Blackberry and TiVo. Goobers seem to be brand of choice when the kids are at the movie theater. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A manager chews chewing tobacco. Before lead character fully realizes that he has gone back in time 30 years and is a kid again, he tells his mom that he wants a drink. A song during one of the montages mentions having "whiskey and smoke for breakfast." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Sandlot 3: Heading Home is a 2007 movie in which a selfish pro baseball player goes back in time to learn the value of teamwork and selfless play. This film features some immature kid behavior: sneaking into a movie theater, breaking into an abandoned house, stealing baseball equipment. There's infrequent mild profanity ("crap," "fat ass"), but what's more prevalent is juvenile name-calling ("turd mouth," "buttfaces," etc.) between the kids. The overweight player is a frequent source of fat-shaming jokes. The lead character faces off against the bully of the rival team, and they engage in a series of back-and-forth insults culminating in the bully making fun of the lead character for having a mom who is dying of cancer. Kids discuss kicking a kid in the "nuts" and "family jewels" as a way to make him regain consciousness. There's the inevitable scene of kid getting hit in the groin by an errant pitch, falling to the ground, and then talking in a "helium" voice. A manager chews chewing tobacco. The larger lesson that Tommy learns is that he doesn't always have to be bigger and better, and that he doesn't have to be a jerk to be successful. 

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byPrincess 1999 November 30, 2015

Boring

It's kind of boring. The first one and second are alot better! They should've stopped at the second one! The only good parts was when benny and squint... Continue reading
Adult Written byrell5436 April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bybig_sister April 9, 2008

Hmmmmm...

I think they should have stopped at number one...
Teen, 13 years old Written byBob9274 March 31, 2019

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 kids who've never seen the earlier films, they're likely to want to see them immediately.

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? 

  • How does this compare to other baseball or underdog movies? 

  • Why do you think Hollywood releases so many sequels, and why are they almost never as good as the original?

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