In this engagingly loopy wish-fulfilment, a youngster obtains a crack pitching arm after a freak accident. Aimed squarely at little leaguers and their doting parents, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR is a modest fantasy that makes its comic fable appealing despite sporadic slapstick missteps.
Weaned on fabricated tales about his late minor league-playing papa, the titular pipsqueak, Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas), grows up dreaming of playing baseball despite his physical shortcomings. Although close to his mother Mary (Amy Morton), Henry does not warm to her latest beau,
Jack Bradfield (Bruce Altman).
Broken when he slips on a baseball, Henry's fractured ar...