Rookie of the Year


Rookie of the Year

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Rookie of the Year is a light-hearted comedy about a 12-year-old baseball fan who, despite his love for the sport, can't play the game at all. During one Little League contest, he breaks his arm. After it heals, it miraculously becomes a super-human arm that can out-pitch any player in the major leagues. The boy joins the Chicago Cubs and helps lead them to the World Series. Though the plot is silly and contrived, it's a pleasant film that is ideal for young sports fans.


Thomas Ian Nicholas
as Henry Rowengartner
Gary Busey
as Chet Steadman
Albert Hall
as Sal Martinella
Amy Morton
as Mary Rowengartner
Dan Hedaya
as Larry `Fish' Fisher
Bruce Altman
as Jack Bradfield
Eddie Bracken
as Bob Carson
Daniel Stern
as Phil Brickman
John Candy
as Jeff Murdoch
Ross Lehman
as Dr Kersten
James "Ike" Eichling
as Little League Coach
Josh D. Wagner
as Little League Fielder
Robert Harper
as Confused Teacher
Dan Conway
as Press Conference Reporter
James Andelin
as Wizard of Wrigley
Christopher Howe
as Airport Reporter
Mark Doran
as Richards Cubs Catcher
Neil Flynn
as Okie Cubs 1st Base
E. Milton Wheeler
as Suarez Cubs 2nd Base
Sam Sanders
as Fern Cubs Short Stop
Neil Fiala
as Mullens Cubs 3rd Baseman
W. Earl Brown
as Frick Bullpen Cathcher
Frank L. Wiltse
as Peyton Cubs Pitcher
Barry L. Bonds
as One Big Whiffer
Bobby Bonilla
as One Big Whiffer
Pedro Guerrero
as One Big Whiffer
Jerry Saslow
as Bleacher Bum
Mike Bacarella
as Bleacher Bum
Don Forston
as Big Bum
Ken Earl
as Pepsi Executive
Anthony Diaz-Perez
as Rude Hot Dog Vendor
Mike Houlihan
as Carson's Hot Dog Vendor
Tim Stoddard
as Dodger Pitcher
B.J. Sanabria
as Chicken Runner
Cristian Mendez
as Other Mets Runner
Mike Daughtry
as Mets 3rd Base Coach
Toney Howell
as Surprised Expos Runner
Ian Gomez
as Bellman
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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
  • 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
  • May 23, 2010
    Lead child actor is terrible but still a 90's classic.
    Lenny M Super Reviewer

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