Let me start right off by saying that "The Rookie" is
one of the best baseball movies that I have ever seen. The
film is great for the entire family and it's not only about
baseball but also about trying to live out your dreams.
It also has elements of a family drama as part of the plot.
Hopefully, Hollywood will smarten up after this film and see
that it is possible to make successful movies (this one is G
rated) without unnecessary and excessive profanity, violence, or
The movie is the true story of Jim Morris who after 10 years of
being out of playing minor league baseball due to arm injuries,
tried out and became a left handed relief pitcher for the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays for two years. The drama of this story is
not what Morris did after he reached the big leagues, but that
he lived his dreams and actually got there. He became the
second oldest rookie ever to make the majors, largely due to his
amazing feat of throwing 98 mph fastballs after not pitching for
a decade. The film shows flashbacks of Morris as a kid who
loves baseball but having problems excelling as a player because
of his father's frequent military transfers across the country.
Then the story picks up with Morris and his family living in a
small Texan town, and his job as a high school science teacher
as well as the school's baseball coach. The last third of
the film deals with Morris playing on the Tampa Bay minor league
team and then finally getting to play in the majors.
The acting in the film is very good, from Rachel Griffiths as
Morris's wife to Brian Cox as Morris's father. But the
film's success is completed by the commanding performance of
Dennis Quaid playing Morris. Quaid is not only totally
believable as a big league pitcher, but he also has that quiet
quality with that winning smile which makes you want to pull for
him on every turn. The screenwriting is smart and the
cinematography is top notched. My only criticism is the
totally unnecessary religious scenes which bookends the movies,
but this is a small gripe with a most entertaining and well done
I would recommend this movie to everybody. If you are a
fan of baseball, then it is a film not to be missed.
Any movie that loves the game of baseball as much as this one
does is truly a sports movie to see. The film is
also a testament to the age-old saying that dreams can come true
if you fight hard enough for them.
( 4 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Billy Ray ( 2
1/2 out of
4 pops )
There have been so
many great baseball movies in the past, it is hard to imagine that
"The Rookie" is the best baseball film ever made. But,
after I watched the new Dennis Quaid baseball flick, I must say--I was
not entirely impressed. Dennis Quaid is not your typical actor.
He chooses very different roles from other actors and he does a great
job of portraying Morris in this film. The problem I had with it
was some of the dialogue, which gets a little cheesy at times.
And, I felt like I was watching a repackaged version of "Remember
the Titans". But, other than those flaws, the movie is not
entirely bad for a Disney live-action flick. It's a decent one to
take the kids to see, but adults might not like it as much, though they
will enjoy it nonetheless.
Pappy ( 2 1/2 out of
4 pops )
I enjoyed "The Rookie", though it seemed like a low scoring
game the went deep into extra innings.
Through the last half of the movie I kept edging out of my seat
like a runner on first about to break for second base.
But I was anxious to head for the exit.
I guess the problem was that because the movie had absolutely no
twists and turns.
Any of us could have written this film.
I’d have to sum it up by saying that it is a nice fun family
Matt ( 2 out of 4
OK, so I have to commend this film for not being the usual melodramatic
fluff, common among movies with a sports theme. And though it's
G-rated, and completely suitable for all ages, it's a surprisingly adult
drama. The problem? It's not that compelling. I'm
aware that Jimmy Morris can throw a 98 MPH fast ball, and that IS an
amazing feat! But half the film composes of him winding up that
famous fast ball. After a while I just wanna scream out, "OK,
I get it! He's a magnificent pitcher! Let's move on!"
I don't even know how good of a hitter he is, because we never see him
at bat. The only scene that really packs a dramatic punch is when
Jimmy pulls over to the side of the road and measures the quickness
of his pitches. The meter first reads 78 MPH, which then changes
to 98 MPH. And even that scene was shown in the previews.
Dennis Quaid gives a spirited performance, and I'm always glad to see
him on screen, since I don't get to that often--I'll probably have to
wait about two years to see his next movie. Brian Cox, Rachel
Griffiths and Jay Hernandez (from "Crazy/Beautiful") are also
terrific. The film is well-made, though the overuse of
country music is sometimes a turn-off (for me, at least). A
tighter script would've helped. I really wanted to know more
about Jimmy Morris than just his fast ball. And most of the
subplots involving his family are bogged down to cheap conventions
(Dad doesn't want him to play baseball, the wife doesn't want him to
play, she then apologizes to him and we're faced with the "you were
right, I was wrong" speech). Sure, it delivers a good message
about following your dreams, but other films have better delivered that