The Sandlot is one of the most beloved baseball movies of all time. People have a deep emotional connection to that movie. Although I do not love it as much as some people, it was always an entertaining watch. However, The Sandlot 2, a direct-to-video from 2005, cannot be considered in the same category. This was really a letdown.
Same basic story, but they have added in some girls.
Instead of having a baseball hit into the yard with “The Beast”, in Sandlot 2 the kids have to try and retrieve a rocket that Smalls (James Willson) accidentally launched into the impregnable yard guarded by “The Great Fear,” the mythological dog next door.
It is amazing how much this sequel is like the original, story wise. There was nearly nothing new or original in the tale. In fact, with just a couple of substitutions, there was zero differences. This group of kids seemed to fit in with the direct-to-video concept of the film. They’re acting skills were not necessarily their strong points.
There was a cute relationship with David (Max Lloyd-Jones) and Hayley (Samantha Burton), but it was nothing new either.
My favorite part was seeing one of my childhood heroes, Steve Garvey, make an appearance as a little league coach. Steve Garvey was a former first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he was my favorite baseball player those first few years of my fandom. He’s not much of an actor, but I love him anyway.
James Earl Jones was here again playing the exact character…nearly with the same dialogue, that he did in the Sandlot. I hope he got a nice, fat paycheck for this.
The Sandlot 2 is a terrible movie that had absolutely no reason to have been made.