Rookie of the Year

  • Review Date: October 20, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Far-fetched fantasy is good-natured fun for all.
  • Review Date: October 20, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 103 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Single parent mom has dating issues that eventually work out; other kids are initially hurt by their friend's success.

Violence & scariness

Henry's mom punches the sleazy manager in the face. No blood.

Sexy stuff

A young girl is described as being "stacked."


"F--k" is implied but not actually said.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is entirely wholesome save three mild exceptions: There's a punch to the face (no blood); "f--k" is implied in one scene; and a young girl is referred to as being "stacked."

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, the Chicago Cubs are facing another dismal season. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Henry is a terrible little league player whose mother is dating a really sleazy guy named Jack. Trying to show off, Henry breaks his arm and the tendons heal a little tight. The result is a 100+ mph fastball. After the Cubs' general manager sees him throw, Henry is recruited to pitch in the big leagues. Grumpy old pitcher Chet Stetman has to teach Henry to pitch. Henry's Mom falls for Chet and sleazy Jack is not happy. Jack has also arranged to sell Henry to the Yankees so he can collect a huge fee. Henry spills all to the kindly old Cubs owner, though, and everything works out. In the final game of the season, Henry relieves Chet after six great innings, but Henry's arm gives out in the ninth. Henry has to resort to trickery to win the division title.

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 a strong supporting cast. Gary 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 his movie with over-the-top comic relief both from in front of and behind the camera. And kids will like Henry, the dork in way over his head. Kids who've stood, scared to death, in front of their class will understand the intense pressure Henry feels when he first steps on the mound.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about formula. Does this movie seem like other wacky sports movies you've seen before? Why do you think some types of movies seem to stick to the same themes, characters, and devices? Can movies that are formulaic still be entertaining? Why or why not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 7, 1993
DVD release date:January 29, 2002
Cast:Albert Hall, Gary Busey, Thomas Ian Nicholas
Director:Daniel Stern
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild language

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Kid, 10 years old March 7, 2010

For Tweens (10-14)

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byMovieMan26 October 9, 2010

One of my favorite comedies of all time!

This is a genuinely fun movie. The lead is loveable. The story is interesting. The lines are funny. This is just pure enertainment. Parents: Despite some mild language, brief moments of peril and action, and teen sensuality, there's nothing really bad here. Bottom Line: This is just a fantatic movie. You don't even have to like sports movies to like this movie (it's more like a fantasy sports comedy). Thanks for reading! - Movie Man
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 and 11 year old Written byGddyupn January 14, 2011

Storyline is good for younger kids, but strong language rules it out

Very good family movie. You will definitely have to suspend your disbelief in order to get through it, but once you do, you'll find you enjoy it. The scene dealing with finding out about Henry's father is a little dicey for younger kids, and there are a few curse words, but on the whole, I think families can watch together.
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Too much swearing


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