The Rookie (Widescreen Edition)
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From the studio that brought you REMEMBER THE TITANS comes an inspirational film based on a true story. Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), father, teacher, and high school coach, thought his dream was over. He'd had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever making it to the big leagues. Then, in 1999, Coach Morris made a fateful 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, living up to his end of the bargain, threw caution to the wind and was on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues. This heartfelt, uplifting story about not giving up on your dreams is a remarkable and affecting story that will have everyone cheering.
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This is a heart-warming, family-friendly movie. Dennis Quaid brings a likeable, everyman quality to the Morrison character. Rachel Griffiths' performance is equally strong as Lorri Morrison--she is perfectly convincing as a Texan (Griffiths is actually Australian). The casting director also found some cute kids to play the Morrison children, especially a very young Angus Jones, who plays the oldest. In the cynical world in which we live, critics might complain that this movie is a bit saccharine. Well, it is, in a Disney kind of way. But that's okay. It is wholesome entertainment for the whole family.
The quality of the blu-ray transfer is excellent. Crisp details; good colors; great sound. If you are considering an upgrade from DVD, it is worth it.
Parental Advisory. This movie is rated G. There are a couple of instances of mild language. In two scenes, characters are seen sipping a beer (but no drunkenness). In another scene, a married couple is talking in bed. Her shoulders are bare, but there is no nudity or sexuality. This is a movie that most parents would feel comfortable showing even to small children.
I highly recommend The Rookie as a movie for the whole family--and not just those who are baseball fans. This is a human interest story first, and a baseball movie second.
Director John Lee Hancock took his time with the character development, and it pays off as he gives us a tiny glimpse of Morris' childhood, of how much the game of baseball means to him. Dennis Quaid does an impressive job portraying Morris, I'd even say that he is totally perfect for the role, he is expressive, convincing and the acting just blows me away. Rachel Griffiths is a good complement as Morris' wife Lorri, supportive and a woman with incredible inner toughness, I also enjoyed her performance.
The Rookie is a great family film, and it's immensely entertaining, I highly recommend it even if you're not a sports fan.