The Sandlot: Heading Home


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Rating: PG

Danny Nucci as Benny
Luke Perry as Tommy (20’s/40’s)
Sarah Deakins as Sara
Sonja Bennett as Pearl
Cainan Wiebe as Ryan
Jay Brazeau as Doctor Parker
Chris Gauthier as Uncle Pork Chop
Meshach Peters as Q
Brandon Olds as Two Ton
Paul Jarrett as Earl Needman
Cole Heppell as DP
Samuel Patrick Chu as Wok
Keanu Pires as Tommy
Brendan Beiser as Umpire
Kai James as Timber
Cormac Kerins as Carter
Leila Johnson as Judy (20’s/40’s)
Jason Bryden as Phil Dixon
Renzo Carbonel as Roll
Ryan Drescher as Wings

Special Features:
For the Love of the Game: Sharing Memories with “Goose” Gossage
Deleted Scene: Tommy Talks to Mom
Storyboard Gallery
Keanu & Ludwig’s Double Play
Director’s Video Diary
Cal Ripken’s Play Baseball Instructional Demo
Backyard Sports Game Demo (DVD-ROM)

Other Info:
Widescreen and Fullscreen
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 96 Minutes

The following is from the DVD cover:

“Take the field with a new lineup of scrappy sandlot sluggers! Starring Luke Perry as a pampered pro athlete who rediscovers his love for the game, ‘The Sandlot: Heading Home’ is a pulse-pounding and heartwarming tale about losing your ego, putting your friends first…and winning it all!

Major league baseball superstar Tommy Santorelli (Perry) racks up great numbers at the plate, but his “me-first” attitude drags his team down. But Tommy gets a second chance when he’s knocked unconscious by a pitch and wakes up as a 12-year-old on his childhood playing field…the sandlot! Now, with a greedy developer, Earl Needman, threatening to bulldoze the sandlot unless Tommy’s ragtag friends can beat Needman’s much-better team, Tommy must decide whether to put his own interests first by switching teams…or stay true to his friends by leading them to their greatest victory yet!”

“The Sandlot: Heading Home” is rated PG for language and some rude humor

The Movie:
“The Sandlot” returns for a third inning and man, it’s monumentally bad. Everything that made the first film fun and charming is gone from this latest version. Instead we have a bizarre time travel movie about a baseball player. Tommy Santorelli is first introduced as an adult jerk baseball player, then when he goes back in time to the ’70s, he’s a jerk kid. He spends much of the film either being cocky or spouting phrases or comments from the future. It gets old fast. It doesn’t help matters that the rest of the cast is a bunch of overacting stereotypes. The final result is a film that’s bad even for a TV movie. I’m sure some kids out there will find it entertaining for a little while, but their parents will definitely be heading for the hills. I could barely stand to watch this one.

The Extras:
For such a terrible straight-to-video film, this DVD has a lot of bonus features. You’ll find your usual offerings of storyboard galleries, bloopers, and deleted scenes. Also included is a video diary from the director and some video from the two lead actors clowning around on set. Rounding things out is “For the Love of the Game: Sharing Memories with “Goose” Gossage”. In it, a kid interviews Gossage and asks a bunch of baseball questions. Rounding things out are DVD ROM games “Cal Ripken’s Play Baseball Instructional Demo” and “Backyard Sports Game Demo”.

The Bottom Line:
Take a pass on “The Sandlot: Heading Home” and go back and watch the first film instead.