A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Professional success isn't everything. Family and friends matter. Childhood is precious and should be enjoyed.
Positive Role Models
Henry doesn't let sudden success go to his head. He exhibits integrity, choosing his mom and friends over the glamour of endorsement deals and life as a professional athlete.
Violence & Scariness
Henry's mom punches a sleazy manager in the face. No blood. Tween boys get into a tame shoving match. Henry breaks his arm by slipping on a baseball.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A tween girl is described as being "stacked" by a tween boy.
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"F--k" is implied but not actually said. "S--t" and "hell" are said. A Little League coach calls one of his players a "moron" and an "imbecile." Childish name-calling like "big butt" and "underwear sniffer."
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Products & Purchases
Henry films a commercial for Diet Pepsi. He's also scheduled to do a photo shoot with Reebok.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief cigar and cigarette smoking. Adults drink cocktails in a dance club.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rookie of the Year is a goofy '90s family comedy in which a 12-year-old becomes a star pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and takes them to playoff glory. Strong language includes "s--t" and "hell," plus a moment where "f--k" is strongly implied (but not said). You can also expect lots of name-calling along the lines of "funky butt lovin'," "big butt," "underwear sniffer," and "you suck." A tween boy describes a tween girl as being "stacked." Henry's mom punches a sleazy manager in the face. Characters smoke cigars and cigarettes briefly, and adults drink cocktails at a club. Henry's lucrative endorsement deals include some product placement. Despite the movie's unrealistic premise, it has positive messages about the importance of family and friends, and Henry shows that he has integrity by choosing those he loves over the glamour of life as a professional athlete. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Silliness fills to the brim -- and occasionally slops over the sides of -- this good-natured sports fantasy. Rookie of the Year sticks close to the established kids' sports movie formula: Single-parent mom works out dating issues; other kids are initially hurt by their friend's success but end up supporting him; and, of course, everything builds to the big game. But this movie has such a good time playing out the inevitable that you can't help but enjoy yourself.
Much of the fun comes from the strong supporting cast. Busey plays Chet with just the right mix of grumpiness and warmth. John Candy portrays the lovable blowhard baseball announcer with gusto. And first-time director Daniel Stern injects the movie with over-the-top comic relief both from in front of and behind the camera. It helps, too, that kids will like and identify with Henry, the dork in way over his head. Anyone who's stood, scared to death, in front of their class will understand the intense pressure he feels when he first steps on the mound.
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