Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rookie of the Year (1993)

Number Rolled: 3
Movie Name/Year: Rookie of the Year (1993)
Genre: Children and Family
Length: 103 minutes
Rating: PG
Director: Daniel Stern
Writer: Sam Harper
Actors: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Daniel Stern, Dan Hedaya, Amy Morton, Albert Hall, Bruce Altman, Eddie Bracken, Robert Hy Gorman, Patrick LaBrecque, Kristie Davis, Tyler Ann Carroll, Tom Milanovich, Ross Lehman

Rookie of the Year was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Of course, after I watched it, whenever I got hurt in little league I expected to be able to do wicked cool stuff afterward. I wasn’t bad to begin with… but still.

What little kid doesn’t pretend to be big? Little girls putting on their mother’s make-up and high heels then pretending to be famous. Little boys pretending to be fire-fighters or baseball players (feminists please don’t drop notes in my box about the sexist generalization, relax, it’s just an example). And here comes a movie about a young boy whose arm heals wrong and allows him to become what he was pretending to be.

Quite frankly, I like the message of it. That whole “you can do anything with your life” thing that I don’t think children get a lot of anymore. The world we live in today prevents a child from really feeling like they have as many choices as I believed I had as a kid. I think it might just be my perspective on it, mom always said I was a little jaded.

None-the-less, Rookie of the Year is a fun movie. It’s got a lot of that “this is a sports story with an underdog so you know what’s going to happen” but it does it with style. And, Thomas Ian Nicholas? Definitely my favorite child star of the 90’s. Wish I saw more of him now.

Overall Opinion – 4/5

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