The Rookie is an underappreciated Eastwood film. Its non-stop action with an excellent cast, featuring Eastwood, Raul Julia, Tom Skerrit, terribly dangerous and sexy Sonja Bragga, and Charlie Sheen. With Sheen's infamous notoraity lately, I'm surprised this film hasn't gotten more attention. Sheen, following his Platoon and Wal Street roles is believable here as a blend of naivete and bravado. Eastwood is kind of a surrogate father who "school's him" on street life chasing G-rides.
The story is plausible in some places and too dumb in others, but the stunts carry it. Its basically a coming-of-age tale and a standard crime-doesn't-pay tale mostly memorable for the action. The whole "you were never there for me dad" guilt trip over the dead brother subplot was not necessary, but I bought it. I recommend it for Eastwood fans or strictly as an escapst action flick.
Lastly, notice Roberta Vasquez at the end as Sheen's new partner. She's a former LAPD officer and Playboy Playmate.