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Rookie of the Year

4.6 out of 5 stars 237 customer reviews

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A boy's broken arm heals in such a way that he takes over as pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Amy Morton, Dan Hedaya
  • Directors: Daniel Stern
  • Writers: Sam Harper
  • Producers: Irby Smith, Jack Brodsky, Joan Aguado, Robert Harper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LLPXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rookie of the Year" on IMDb

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Being a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, I was immediately drawn to this movie. Us true fans could only hope for a real-life Henry Rowengartner to salvage our continuing seasons of near misses and shattered dreams.

In the movie itself, Thomas Ian Nicholas stars as Henry Rowengartner, a young 12-year-old boy who does many of the things normal 12-year-olds do: Playing little league baseball, building boats, and dreaming of pretty girls. Unfortunately for Henry, his baseball career isn't going so well. A fly ball hits him in the head, and then he throws the ball over the right field fence. To make matters worse, the next day, he trips over an unseen baseball while trying to make a catch and damages his arm. But unknown to Henry, his life is about to change forever.

Henry's mom (Amy Morton) and her scheming boyfriend Jack (Bruce Altman) take Henry to the emergency room and he is put in a cast, but when the cast comes off, Henry discovers that he can throw a baseball 100 miles per hour. He throws a home run ball all the way from center field to home plate on the fly. Jack, seeing a chance to cash in on Henry's golden arm, calls Sal Martinella (Albert Hall), the manager of the Chicago Cubs. Soon, Henry has a tryout with the Cubs, is signed to a contract, and begins playing for his hometown team. Also on the Cubs is Chet "Rocket" Steadman (Gary Busey) an aging star who has lost most of the zip on his fastball. Chet is given the job of mentoring Henry while he develops.

After a while, Henry develops into a pretty good pitcher, blowing his fastball by most opposing hitters. Due to the arrival of Henry, the Cubs fortunes begin to change and they soon find themselves in position to win their division.
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Rising heart-throb,Thomas Ian Nicholas,who s breaking-out in older roles,such as "American pie",and tv's "Party of five",shines in this comedy for all ages,about a boy who breaks his arm,and suddenly finds his "pitching" arm is almost super-human,and is placed in the big leagues! Not only offering younger audiences a good moral story,but terrificly funny,and will appeal to all ages! Great supporting cast! And offers a glimpse of Thomas' great acting skills,even at this young age. A family CLASSIC COMEDY!
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Today the AMC channel featured a back-to-back showing of ROOKIE OF THE YEAR and The Rookie (Widescreen Edition), and, for me, that was pretty much Sunday spent. These two films, redolent of that feel-good underdog vibe and of wish fulfillment, are essentially baseball fables, and young Thomas Ian Nicholas and Dennis Quaid, in their own respective ways, right away gets you rooting for them. THE ROOKIE, a true story, tells of a past-his-prime pitcher who gets a second shot at the big time. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, not at all a true story, is about a 12-year-old boy who ends up pitching in the Major Leagues. And, ah man, it's a fun family flick.

Thomas Ian Nicholas plays Henry Rowengartner, a hopelessly klutzy 12-year-old Chicagoan and possibly the next-to-last worst player in Little League (after some poor kid with asthma). But an arm injury results in a freakish heal, as tendons in Henry's arm become fused to his humerus, the side result of which is that Henry now has serious torque in his arm and can suddenly pitch at devastating velocities. One day, at a Cubs game, when a homerun-smashed baseball sails into the stands, Henry, with his new super-arm, throws it back, a frozen rope hurtling from the bleachers and straight into the catcher's mitt. It's not too long before the Chicago Cubs, a team which hasn't been to the mountaintop since 1908 and hampered with poor attendance, reaches out to recruit young Henry as a publicity stunt. Which is how 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner (or, as the Cubbies manager calls him, Gardenhoser) becomes a star pitching reliever for the Cubbies, and an overnight sensation.
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I'm a 66-year-old lady who has seen this movie several times, and it has become a family favorite. I've only been to 3 baseball games in my whole life; it's not my sport, and that fact might be to my advantage in loving this movie. I don't have to see it from the standpoint of what could or couldn't happen in a real MLB game (e.g., the likelihood of an awkward 12-year-old pitching in the the bigs, or Henry's antics while trying to steal a base). I find the story entertaining, funny and cute with several poignant moments (Henry's mom re: Henry's missing father: "I wanted you to have someone to look up to." Henry: "I do!" -- meaning his cool and very understanding mother.)

If you can appreciate a fun and entertaining story -- fit for the whole family -- without needing to critique the acting expertise or liberties taken with official MLB rules, you'll probably love this movie. Be prepared to laugh, feel good, and want to watch it again.
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Good Movie for people, who grew up in the 90's or who enjoy Baseball fandom. As a Red Sox fan, I can relate to the cub fans on the site with reviews of hope and desire for a better team and hopefully a golden pitcher to make things come true. When I was a kid, I saw this movie and it felt kind of fun and got me interested in watching a few baseball games. It wasn't until my senior year in High School (2004 season) that the Red Sox won our ultimate comeback (the greatest comeback of any sports series) from 0-3 to beat our most hated enemies the Yankees (everyone hates the Yankees even Yankee fans :P ) and finally win the Championships. We've won again since then, but the first time after almost a hundred years was well worth it.

Was it Cheesy? Yes, but it's not a bad movie due to the cliches. I think if I were watching it in my adult mindset, I'd be laughing at the plot's absurdities, but as a kid I knew it was fun and whimsical. That's what people need to watch this movie with, not a critical eye, but a fun and whimsical mindset.

Don't lose hope guys, maybe next season the Cubs will have a great team.
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