The Rookie (2002)

Sometimes dreams come back to life.


The Rookie is a movie starring Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, and Rachel Griffiths. A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.
It is a serious presentations, stories with settings and life situations that portray realistic characters in conflict with themselves. It shows us beings at their best, their worst, and everything in-between. Sport is prominently featured, but is not the central concern of the film, it performs primarily an allegorical role. It is an effort to attract a wider audience, presenting narratives from an adult or parental perspective. This is shown through the casting, content of the plot and editing.
Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field--until he gets onto the mound, where he confounds the scouts (and himself) by clocking successive 98 mph fastballs, good enough for a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Jim's still got a lot of pitches to throw before he makes it to The Show, but with his big-league dreams revived, there's no telling where he could go.

Walt Disney Pictures, Gran Via Productions, 98 MPH Productions by John Lee Hancock, Mike Rich.
Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez.

Genres: Drama, Family, Sport

Keywords: parent child relationship baseball sports team sport life's dream growing up

03/29/2002

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