Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) is a Texas high school chemistry teacher and the coach of the school’s baseball team. His passion for baseball goes back to his childhood and upbringing. He had aspirations to be a professional baseball player and got the chance when he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, but he tore up his shoulder, ending his hopes of achieving his lifelong dream. His high school baseball team is hardly amongst the best teams and previous season they won just one game. The team puts pressure on Jim to go to a professional baseball try-out, and he agrees to do so to motivate his players to play better and if they win the State Championship. The team manages to actually do that and the 39 year-old father of three finds himself at a camp for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and he somehow seems to have regained his pitching arm, easily throwing a 98 mph fastball. Once signed to a contract, he toils in the minor leagues while his supportive wife stays home raising their children. He soon finds himself called up to the big club and pitching for Tampa in Major League Baseball…

“The Rookie” is based on the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief, but famous Major League Baseball career in 1999-2000. Being a Walt Disney picture you can always expect a “rectified” and partly “politically correct” balance and storyline. However, they manage to keep this on the “right” side of the sappy street, so we get a pretty ok story about never quitting your dreams and “do what you are meant to do”. Baseball is an ok analogy for this and I reckon the friendship and comradery in the sport is as important as the dream itself. Quaid fits pretty well in the role as Morris and it was nice to see the lovely Rachel Griffiths as his counterpart. I´m finding myself getting more and more intrigued by baseball, after having seen it live for three years in a row in the US. It has been with me as something interesting since my teens, but it´s not until now I´m actually liking it for real. (Three and a half out of 5)

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