The Rookie

Theatrical Release: March 29, 2002
DVD Release: August 27, 2002
The Rookie


Jimmy Morris (Dennis Quaid) tucked away his dream of playing professional baseball 12 years ago after a shoulder injury ended his short time in the minor leagues. Now, he’s a high school baseball coach in a small, dusty West Texas town with his wife Lorrie (Rachel Griffith) and three young children. When he challenges his losing team to try for a winning season, they agree – if the coach promises to try out for the major leagues. They win the district championship and Jimmy’s 98 mph pitches at tryouts earn him an offer as a minor league relief pitcher, in spite of being 12 to 15 years older than his teammates. Based on a true story, “The Rookie” delivers a home run that will have your whole family rooting for Jimmy as his family, high school kids and hometown population cheer him on. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this wholesome spring treat from Disney.

Dove Review

“The Rookie” is an inspiring film, based on the true story of Jimmy Morris, a man who tucked away a dream of being a big league pitcher after his arm was injured. Jimmy caught the dream from the time he was a boy, despite having a father who was a career Navy man who did not share his son’s enthusiasm or his dream. When the high school class and baseball team he coaches sees that he can still throw heat, as his arm has healed following the surgery from years ago, they challenge him to try out for the big leagues if they win the District State championship. There is some mild language in the film, but overall this is a very good film with positive elements in it.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Some kissing between a married couple; one scene in which a female employee at the school briefly grabs the coach's rear.
Language: D-3; H-1; OMG-1.
Violence: None
Drugs: A few scenes with alcohol and bar scene.
Nudity: Man bare chested.
Other: A character has difficulties in his relationship with his father.


Company: Disney
Writer: Mike Rich
Producer: Mark Ciardi
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 127 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter