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Based on a true story about coach Jim Morris who discovers that it's never too late for dreams to come true. A bet with his team to win the district championship forces him to live up to his end of the deal and try out for the minor-league. Successive throwing 98 mph fastballs was good enough for him to get a contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Drama - It's a funny, heartwarming, feel-good story of forgotten dreams
realized. It will have you laughing and cheering. It's just the type
of simple, but entertaining story the average moviegoer should enjoy.
PROFANITY: Only damn once and hell twice. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Only some mild social drinking. ACTION: The only action would be the few baseball scenes. COMEDY: LOTS of smiles and chuckles, especially for a non-comedy.
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Review Very Good "The Rookie runs into unnecessary extra innings.
But something particularly clean shines in this American fairy tale, a quality
of simplicity that's almost as hard to achieve in such movies as a middle-aged
man's boyhood dreams.''
James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Good "As inspirational stories go, this one is top-notch. It
satisfies without becoming cloying or going over-the-top. It manages to be
uplifting without forcing us to endure a ninth-inning, come-from-behind victory.
Because, when it comes down to it, The Rookie isn't as much about wining
in a game as it is about winning in life.''
Review Average "The Rookie is comforting, even soothing, to those
who like the old songs best. It may confuse those who, because they like the
characters, think it is good. It is not good. It is skillful. Learning the
difference between good movies and skillful ones is an early step in becoming a
moviegoer. The Rookie demonstrates that a skillful movie need not be
good. It is also true that a good movie need not be skillful, but it takes a
heap of moviegoing to figure that one out.''
Review Good "Even when there are lulls, the emotions seem authentic, and
the picture is so lovely toward the end (during what amounts to the final two
innings), you almost don't notice the 129-minute running time.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 209 moviegoer opinions and they are extremely high. These are some of the highest opinions I've seen. Only a few movies a year will receive opinions this high. It's very rare to see so many opinions of "Excellent" and "Fantastic."Especially when you consider there are NO LOW OPINIONS!
THIS IS A "MUST
Publisher Comments:(before opinions collected)
An absolutely OUTSTANDING MOVIE! It's funny, heartwarming and very entertaining from start to finish. You do not have
to be a baseball fan to enjoy this movie. It's not really so much about baseball as it is about a forgotten dream coming true when it shouldn't have been able to. It will have you laughing and cheering and you will have a sense that anything's possible since this is a true story. DO NOT MISS "THE ROOKIE"!
Based on a true story about a coach who discovers that it's never too late for dreams to come true. Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field - until he gets onto the mound, where he confounds the scouts (and himself) by clocking successive 98 mph fastballs, good enough for a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Jim's still got a lot of pitches to throw before he makes it to The Show, but with his big-league dreams revived, there's no telling where he could go.