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High school coach Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) thought his dream was over. He'd had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever reaching the big leagues. Then, in 1999, he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district championship, Morris -- who threw a 98 mph fastball -- would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues!
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: A heart-warming sports flick, The Rookie greatly benefits from understated direction and the emotional honesty Dennis Quaid brings to the role of Jim Morris.
It's Quaid and his fellow actors, Rachel Griffiths and Brian Cox, who lift the film out of its int...
June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Sweet, engaging true story more appealing to tweens and up.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although The Rookie is rated G, it will not be of much interest to younger kids, since it deals primarily with an adult's pursuit of his career goals. Some kids might be upset by the scenes of Morris with his father, who is cold and unsympathetic, or by the financial problems faced by the family. There are references to divorce and remarriage.
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- Genre:Drama, Family
- Release Date:March 29, 2002
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD