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Approved for 12+

Rookie Of The Year

When the cast is removed from his severely broken arm, clumsy 12-year old Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is shocked to find his arm has become a 100 mile per-hour thunderbolt. His throw from the bleachers directly to home plate alerts the last place Chicago Cubs and before you can shout "play ball!" he is signed as their new ace pitcher. With a few pointers from an aging star pitcher (Gary Busey) young Henry actually manages to pull of the impossible.
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Dove Review

This film is hard not to like. It is entertaining and has some nice performances in it, and a bit of a wild plot, as a young kid, age twelve, named Henry (Thomas Ian Nicholas), receives a gift of a strong pitching arm following a freak accident and recovery. He winds up pitching for the Chicago Cubs. A former star pitcher, known as “Rocket” (played by Gary Busey) is a member of the team and he isn’t one to give autographs or be very sociable. But the kid, Henry, wins him over and when the veteran begins to instruct the rookie, they become fast friends. Another nice theme is played out in how Henry’s mother (Amy Morton) believes in him and is there for him. Although this film comes to the border of not being approved due to several utterances of “Oh my God,” these utterances are said in fearful situations for the most part, and there are many positive themes in this film. The way the kids act in this movie is very realistic and there are several funny moments which the young people share.

We happily award “Rookie of the Year” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. This film hits a homerun for baseball fans and many others in the audience will enjoy it too.

Dove Rating Details

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None

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Integrity

A woman punches an obnoxious agent and says maybe she should have killed him.

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Sex

A couple of innuendos including when the kids mention a girl "is stacked"; a producer tells a kid he needs to be "more sexy" for a commercial he is filming.

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Language

H-2; S-1; Bu*t-4; Butthead-1; G/OMG-21; "Dear God in Heaven"-1; A few words like "dork" and "moron"; Holy Christmas-1; "You suck" said in jest.

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Violence

A woman punches an obnoxious agent and says maybe she should have killed him.

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Drugs

Drinking in a few scenes; the smoking of a cigar.

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Nudity

None

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Other

An agent attempts to trick his client's mother into signing a contract which benefits himself but the deal falls apart; a boy borrows his dad's motor for a boat without telling him; the kids take an unsupervised boat ride.

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