The Rookie

Rated 3.0

Small-town Texas high-school science teacher and baseball coach Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) accepts a bet with his team: he will try out for the majors if they win the divisional playoffs. They both do and Morris becomes one of the oldest rookies to ever be selected to play professional ball. This inspirational drama from director John Lee Hancock is based on a true story. It develops a lyrical sense of what it’s like to resurrect self-worth and chase one’s dreams. Rachel Griffiths (Hilary and Jackie) plays Morris’ supportive wife and Albert Finney look-a-like Brian Cox co-stars as his military officer father, a strict disciplinarian with several regrets of his own.