Movie Stats & Links
||Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Brian Cox,
Angus T. Jones
Walt Disney Pictures
||Great for the
entire family, but better as a father & son movie.
||She'll get weepy,
even if it is about baseball.
||It's rated "G."
||Quite a few
||When Jim gets the
news he's going to the majors.
||John Lee Hancock
||Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Mark Johnson
Do you want a feel-good movie? Do you like baseball at
least just a little? Can you tolerate a movie that is about 20 minutes
too long? If so, go see "The Rookie." If not, go see it anyway.
A Movie Review
Rookie" is based on the real life of a guy named Jim Morris. His life
played out like a fairytale movie, and what better avenue for a
fairytale than baseball. Basically the story goes like thisÖ
Jim Morris always loved baseball, always dreamed of making the big
leagues, and as a little kid, the son of a military man, he was always
uprooted and moved to a new town as dad moved. This didnít lead to
much stability for the young lad, especially moving to a little Texas
town with no Little League team, but Jim kept dreaming. Eventually he
did move up the baseball ranks ending up in the minor leagues, but
when he blew out his shoulder he ended up relegated to being a science
teacher and the coach of a bunch of ragamuffins on the high school
baseball team. Married with two kids, Jim pretty much has settled on
his lot in life, until one day he throws a few fastballs at the
catcher for the high school team, and suddenly the dream is reborn.
Well, not just yet.
The high school team pretty much sucks, and after losing Jim
complains to the team that their problem is that they just quit. As
kids are want to do, they throw it right back in his face about his
quitting trying to be a major league pitcher, so to balance things out
the team makes a deal with their coach Ė if the team can make the
District Championship then Coach Jim has to try out for the majors
again. Jim reluctantly agrees, surely feeling that, sure, these guys
are going to make the Districts, but then, of course, they make it to
Districts. Jim has to keep his end of the bargain, and when it turns
out he is throwing 98 mile an hour fastballs, well, the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays put him in their minor league farm club. Yea, yea, you can
guess it, it reads like every feel good movie because Jim eventually
gets the call to play in the majors. You couldnít write a better
feel-good story, except this really happened to Jim Morris.
As the movie goes, Dennis Quaid plays Jim, Rachel Griffiths plays
his wife Lori, and Angus T. Jones plays his adorable son, Hunter. The
movie pretty much chronicles Jimís story the year the high school team
challenges him. You get the unbelievable high school team, you get the
concerned wife, you get the son looking up to dad, you get Jim still
being a little afraid of his own dad, and you get a town that doesnít
really care about baseball, that is until the team starts winning.
Everything in the movie works, but for me it was about 20 minutes too
long. After about an hour and a half of the team challenging Jim, Jim
kinda keeping things from Lori, and Jim taking his children to his
major league try-outs, I just wanted it to get to the spot where Jim
steps on the mound in the majors. There isnít any suspense; you know
the end result, just get there. Granted, I did get weepy when the
minor league coach gave Jim the news he was going to the big show, but
it just seemed to take a little too long, and I donít think I was
alone as the little ones at the movie theater started to get a little
antsy towards the end.
"The Rookie" is a great story about not quitting on your dreams,
and the movie is clean for the entire family, being rated "G" and all,
but it really plays off like a father and son movie rather than
dragging the daughter along. Sure, the girls might like it too, and
the momís might get weepy (the lady next to me was blubbering all over
the place), but this is a movie for the guys. Itís 4 stars out of 5
for "The Rookie," even being a little too long.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!