Rookie of the Year 1993

Rookie of the Year

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Rookie of the Year gets some laughs from its novel premise, but a high strikeout rate on jokes and sentimental fouls keeps this comedy firmly in the minor leagues.

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52%

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A freak accident causes 12-year-old Little League player Henry (Thomas Ian Nicholas) to become such a powerful and accurate pitcher that the Chicago Cubs sign the junior high student to a contract. Unprepared for such a high-pressure environment, Henry falters until aging fastballer Chet Steadman (Gary Busey) takes him under his wing and teaches him how to play in the big leagues. Meanwhile, his mother's venal boyfriend (Bruce Altman) tries to sell Henry's contract to a hated opposing team.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Ian Nicholas
Henry Rowengartner
Gary Busey
Chet Steadman
Albert Hall
Sal Martinella
Amy Morton
Mary Rowengartner
Dan Hedaya
Larry Fisher, Fish
Bruce Altman
Jack Bradfield
Daniel Stern
Phil Brickma
Sam Harper
Writer (Screenplay)
Irby Smith
Executive Producer
Jack Brodsky
Executive Producer
Bill Conti
Original Music
Jack N. Green
Cinematographer
Donn Cambern
Film Editor
Raja Gosnell
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Critic Reviews for Rookie of the Year

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  • Feb 23, 2012
    Rookie of the Year is a fun family sports film that has good laughs and a colorful cast. Although not one of the most memorable childhood favorites, this is still a fun film worth seeing. Thomas Ian Nicholas gives a fun performance that is funny. Daniel Stern is fun as well, but I found him to be a bit over the top, even if that was the point, it was a bit annoying as well. Stern also directs, and he crafts a fun film that is quite funny, but at times fails to generate the laughs. This film could have been better of course, but overall it's a charming affair that should be seen by baseball film fans. The Sandlot was a better film, but this one does manage to be entertaining, but could have been thought out a bit better. All in all, it is a worthwhile film to watch if you have nothing else to do. The laughs are there, but the film loses steam near the end, and the ending should have been better. Even with all its imperfections, this is an entertaining film that will certainly appeal to the entire family. The performances are good, and there are a few memorable on-screen gags, but like I said, the film is no Sandlot, but it nonetheless delivers a fun filmgoing experience. Daniel Stern was able to pull off something effective here, but it just doesn't go beyond what it could have been. Rookie of the Year should have been a memorable and hilarious ride, but it ends up being funny at times, with parts that are clearly struggling due to an underdeveloped script.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2011
    Grew up with this movie, so i'm always going to love it.
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2011
    Rookie of the Year was a film I enjoyed growing up and it might still appeal to the younger audience it was designed. The film struggles to maintain a coherent reason for existing and is backed by the strong actors with Busey shining as the disgruntled former star pitcher on the way out. The cliche style plot doesn't assist the film and rarely does the film stand on its own feet. The cast is young and fun but the whole claim to fame is rarely showcased and it moves at such a pace it's hard to engage with any of the characters. There was a better film here and sadly this is just a typical and very conventional Hollywood storyline. The younger audiences deserved better and this will only pass the time. 01/07/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2011
    Very enjoyable and original, but the Cubs will never win a World Series ever again. I'm sorry.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer

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