Starring: Rachel Griffiths, Dennis Quaid, Jay Hernandez
and Beth Grant
Directed By: John Lee Hancock
Rookie is a good old-fashioned baseball flick done right!
And don't you just love baseball? I remember actually looking
forward to last year's filmatic poopfest Summer's
not for the cat of Hollywood hits-de-jour but
for the love of the game! Well, it's taken a year but I finally
got the film I wished for. The Rookie is just wonderful
easy going movie magic that makes you feel good when the lights
and we can all use that sometimes!
Morris (Dennis- scrumptious- Quaid) has a few broken dreams thanks
to a "broken" shoulder. He could have, and should have
gone major league baseball
instead he's had to live with
the thoughts of what might have been and settle for being a high
school teacher with a coaching job.
team is not doing very well and he decides to hoodwink them with
he'll try-out for the majors (again, even though he's
now in his 40's) if they can make it into the championships.
what happens? Yeah, but now Jim has to face his past, face front,
and attempt the impossible. His adoring wife Lori (an excellent
Rachel Griffiths) is mixed about the whole thing. If he doesn't
make it then what?
it. That's the based-on-a-true- story, story. But on the way to
the plot, aside from some heavy hokey triumphant speeches, music
and a pinch-so-it's-bearable- of cliche driven baseball stuff
piled on, you get to enjoy the sport and this talented Quaid fellow,
who is seen way to infrequently for my tastes!
of course Dennis Quaid is as edible as ever. Even in a
rated G movie my thoughts drifted into the NC17 arena, if you
get my blatant wrap- him -up -in- a- soft -tortilla shell- with
salsa- and a -dollop- of -sour- cream- then- slowly- devour- him
I admit it, I adore the guy, but he really is a fantastic
actor. And this G side of him is still very sexy!
Cox, from that brilliant L.I.E. shows
up as Jim's (Quaid's) father...he's just great, as always! Though
his L.I.E. role was certainly not a G gig..hahahhaa. He's
definitely a versatile actor! He's been in plenty of non-controversial
stuff before, like Rob Roy, Affair of the Necklace,
but L.I.E. was a role of a lifetime.
Jay Hernandez, from Crazy/Beautiful, plays the high school
team captain Joaquin, and is aging nicely! He looks so
cute in his uniform.
Rachel Griffiths Lori, Jim's Wife) is slowly getting seen. She's
been in some pretty big films (Blow, Muriel's
Wedding etc), you just haven't noticed. Hopefully, with the great
choices she's made so far, we'll see a whole lot more of her...keep
your eye out!
held the film together and made it not just bearable but down
The Rookie is rated G. Remember those? When they still
cast real humans in innocent role, pre-animation explosion?
film's just great for a sweet day of gathering the kids, family.
Even for those strange holiday relatives that attach like human
leeches that stay and stay till you wish you owned a tiny dwelling
with no spare space to be found - at least they'll be away for
a few glorious hours....
Snack Recommendation: Ball Park Franks and soda, of course