The Rookie is the true story of Jim Morris, a small town high school science teacher
and part-time baseball couch whose team convinces him to try out for the majors. It appears that
as he's aged, his pitching arm has improved greatly, allowing him to throw the ball as fast
as 98 mph. Suddenly this husband, teacher, and father of three is given the chance for professional
baseball. He must make the right decision to either stay in the life he currently leads
or chase after his childhood dream.
Wow. This is hard to get used to. A G-rated film. And it's not animated! Now there's something
you don't see every day! The Rookie is a film for all, but not for everyone. That may sound
like it doesn't make any sense, but it will. With it's G rating, the worst content is a couple uses of the
word "d*mn." I believe that's it. Other than that the film is as clean as can be which makes it especially
enjoyable to watch. However, being it's a baseball film, and primarily a drama, it won't be easily
embraced by everyone.
Unlike this year's "Best Picture" (according the The Academy... not me) A Beautiful Mind,
The Rookie is a drama that does not leave you feeling like all the actors want from this picture
is an award. Dennis Quaid does a perfect job as Jim Morris. He's easily likeable, and a well-rounded character.
The film, with the aid of Quaid's acting ability, lets you know all the inner turmoil Morris had to deal with
with some pretty heavy decisions he had to make regarding his career. He was a family man with a passion
for baseball. He had a dream, and when given the chance to fulfill a dream, one must choose
which roads to take. In Morris's case, he was no exception.
One thing I particularly liked about this film, is it takes its time to develop nearly each character.
While that does make for a 2 and a half hour paced drama, you feel like you know the characters, you can
relate to their struggles, you can feel their joy and their pain. Hancock, the director, did a fabulous job
piecing this picture together. The highlights of the movie are the sequences while he's coaching his high
school team. While the whole movie doesn't include these sequences, which the change in overall tone can
be felt in the later half, you're reminded the film is about Morris and his journey through his baseball career.
A fantastic film, The Rookie is one for the family. While it may be too slow-paced for
some, especially the younger ones, The Rookie is a feel-good film for baseball fans and the
sentimental alike. Don't miss this one, it's a guilt-free trip to the cinemas.
If you have any questions or comments about the film before you see it (if you
decide to), feel free to
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: Jim's wife playfully slaps Jim on the butt while he's in the school office.
Vulgarity/Language: Possibly 3 "d*mn," 1 "h*ll," 1 "Oh my G-d," "Oh my L-rd"
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