Parents' Guide to

Rookie of the Year

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, far-fetched baseball fantasy has some salty language.

Movie PG 1993 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+

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.
age 8+

Classic comedy the whole family can enjoy

I remembered liking this movie when it came out and I was a kid, but I wasn’t sure how it would hold up when I offered it to my own kids, ages 8 and 10. But my 8 year old wanted a baseball movie so we sat down to watch all together. I have to say, it holds up really well. All four of us genuinely laughed out loud at some of the gags, none of which were mean, just silly and goofy. Very importantly, there isn’t a lot of weird sexist stuff so commonly found in movies from that time. There’s one time his friend says the girl is “stacked” but it’s clear he’s echoing what he’s heard and doesn’t really believe it. When they’re actually with the girls, they’re all very human. Awkward, but human. Also, the mom is such a true mom. Loving, supportive, fierce in defense of her son, and a great role model. As for the consumerism. I disagree with others assessment. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean the movie is endorsing consumerism. In this case, I believe it’s just the opposite. He isn’t caught up in it and it becomes a silly distraction that the greedy adults are foisting onto him. We will definitely watch this again and I think it has become a whole family favorite.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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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