The Rookies
The Rookies

Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Produced by Neal H. Moritz
Nick Cassavetes
Michael Oblowitz
Written by Andrew C. Erin
Alan Mruvka
Based on The Rookies
by Rita Lakin
Starring Ben Foster
Justin Timberlake
Angie Stevenson
Pete L. J. Dickson
Beau Bridges
Emile Hirsch
Channing Tatum
Shia LaBeouf
Taylor Cole
Shay Mitchell
Ryan McPartlin
Sara Jean Underwood
Penn Badgley
Angela Sarafyan
Mandy Musgrave
Production company Original Film
CineTel Films
Bloodline Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date June 7, 2013
Language English
Budget $60 million[1]
Box office $204.7 million[1]
The Rookies is a 2013 American crime drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, and is based on the 1972-76 television series of the same name created by Rita Lakin. It stars Ben Foster, Justin Timberlake, Angie Stevenson, Pete L. J. Dickson, Beau Bridges, Emile Hirsch, Channing Tatum, Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Cole, Shay Mitchell, Ryan McPartlin, Sara Jean Underwood, Penn BadgleyAngela Sarafyan, and Mandy Musgrave. It was produced by Neal H. Moritz.

In the film, a group of police officers of the Honolulu Police Department banded together as a former officer commits an abduction of one of the officer's brother and his friends.

The Rookies was released in the United States on June 7, 2013. The film received mixed reviews from critics who praised the action sequences, chemistry between it's characters, and performances, but criticized it's dissipation of nudity, sexuality, and lack of elements of the original TV series.

Plot Edit

Terry Webster (Ben Foster), a former US Army Ranger and new recruit for the Honolulu Police Department is sent to assist a squadron in Chinatown with a shootout. His hot tempered partner and friend Dominic Vincents (Emile Hirsch) disobeys orders to stand down and injures a fellow officer in the process. Vincents is fired by Captain Strucker from the force aftewards.

Following the aftermath, Lieutenant Ed Ryker (Beau Bridges) is called to sort out a new squadron for the HPD. Ryker puts together a diverse team, including himself, Webster, Mike Danko (Justin Timberlake) his sister, Jill Danko (Angie Stevenson), Willie Gills (Channing Tatum), and Chris Owens (Shia LaBeouf). The team members train together, eventually forging bonds of friendship. As a result, their first mission together to arrest an crook who robbed a jewelry store was a success.

Meanwhile, Webster's young brother, Brian (Pete L. J. Dickson), is caught in a tangle with Brazilian drug lord Oilier "Olive" Martel (Ryan McPartlin) who arrived in Honolulu a day ago after believing his uncle had sold Brian the family money. Brian is then detained by Martel's men and held until he returns the money. However, while driving to the airport, uniformed HPD officers stop Martel for a broken tail light and later detain him to get a full positive I.D. on him; they learn through Interpol that he is an international fugitive wanted in over a dozen countries. But as Martel is being transferred to prison, his associates, dressed as HPD officers, attempt to rescue him as he rides the Honolulu County Sheriff's Department bus. Ryker's team arrives in time to kill the two gunmen and recapture Martel. 

Later that night, Vincents and his gang break into Strucker's backyard and promote to breaking his flower pots, recking his flower pen, stealing his grill, and defecating on the grass, with Strucker there. Despite phoning for backup, Vincents and his gang leave after. Meanwhile, Brian is recaptured by Martel's men with assistance from Vincents and held for unless Martel is released. Martel's men later grab two girls: Becket Jen (Taylor Cole) and Lucy "Lucky" Grilles (Shay Mitchell). 

Vincents pawns Brian off on Frankie, who offers him a chance to leave, but Brian declines, not wanting to cause any problems for his brother. Brian stays with Frankie at his father's house and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. The next day, Brian ingratiates himself with Frankie's friends Navid Admen, Spencer Alexis, and Paige Malone, although Spencer is the only one who seems concerned. After Martel's men announced they are hold Brian, Becket and Lucky hostages, the HPD calls in for support from the FBI.

Terry grows worried about his brother and believes there is someone who holds a grudge against him. Frankie grows nervous when Dominic tells him that they could get in serious trouble for the kidnapping and hypothetically offers him $2,500 to kill Brian, Becket and Lucky. Frankie furiously declines and Dom claims it was a joke. Instead, he agrees to Frankie's plan to pay Brian, Becket and Lucky to keep quiet. Crystal Colby (Mandy Musgrave), the youngest member of the group, develops a crush on Lucky after learning that Lucky is a lesbian. Lucky and Crystal go for a night out, leaving Brian and Becket with Dom's gang.

Lucky returns with Crystal and the two have sex. Becket and Frankie bond while Brian goes skinning dipping with Paige and her friend, Sally Nina (Paulina James) which leads to a three-some. As Terry, Ed, Mike, Jill Willie, and Chris lead a S.W.A.T. raid on Matrel's compound, Terry becomes shock to learn that Vincents was responsible for Brian, Becket, and Lucky's abductions. The friends are able to find Brian, Becket and Lucky, while Terry pursues and inadvertently kills by Knocking him under the wheels of a passing train, decapitating him. Ryker congrats Terry and the others for their success but tells them the job wasn't finished as Martel was not yet in federal custody. Terry and his team deliver Martel to a federal prison to await trial. 

Cast Edit

Production Edit

Development Edit

In 2007, Universal Pictures announced they obtained the rights to produce a film based on the series The Rookies. The series was created by Rita Lakin and aired on ABC from 1972 until 1976. It follows the exploits of three rookie police officers working in an unidentified city for the fictitious Southern California Police Department (SCPD). However, in August 2008, Universal dropped the rights to the film, which was later transferred to 20th Century Fox.

Neal H. Mortiz started developing the film in 2009. He envisioned the film rated R than PG-13. In 2010, Moritz hired writers Andrew C. Erin & Alan Mruvka to write the story. Erin and Mruvka decided to have the film set in Honolulu, Hawaii. After the completion of Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky came on board to direct.

Filming Edit

The film's production budget cost around $60 million. Filming began in August 2011 with a traditional Hawaiian Blessing. The scene where Terry and his friends launch a raid on Martel's compound was filmed at one of the studios in Downtown Honolulu.

Release Edit

The Rookies was announced at Vid Com 2011. The trailer was presented there. The film missed it's October 12, 2012 release date, pushed back to late 2013 to covert to 3D. The release date was announced to be August 9, 2013, to avoid competing with Despicable Me 2, & M.A.S.K. 3.

Home media Edit

The Rookies was released in Digital HD on November 26, 2013, and on DVD and Blu-ray on December 10, 2013.[2] A Blu-ray "Extended Unrated Cut" added 12 minutes of footage and uncensored nudity was also available.

Reception Edit

Box office Edit

The Rookies drew in $17.9 million while playing in 3,211 theaters, with a $11,574 average per theatre on it's Friday opening. The film grossed $38,062,535 on it's opening weekend and peaked at #1. It sold around 150,000 tickets in it's first week of release.

The biggest market in other territories were Japan, United Kingdom, Spain and Germany, where the film grossed $16.9 million, $9.7 million, $7.1 million, $6.47 million respectively.

At the end of its box office run, The Rookies grossed $111,934,650 in North America and $92,780,000 in other territories, resulting in $204,714,650 worldwide gross.

Critical reception Edit

Reception for the movie was mixed. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a "Rotten" rating of 54%, based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's consensus reads, "A competent, but routine police thriller." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 45 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "Mixed or average reviews".

Accolades Edit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
Golden Trailer Awards


Best Action TV Spot Breathe (Super Bowl Trailer) Nominated
Best Summer Blockbuster 2013 TV Spot Breathe (Super Bowl Trailer) Nominated
Summer 2013 Blockbuster Trailer Won
Best Sound Editing Nominated
Best Teaser Poster Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie: Action/Adventure Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Ben Foster Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Angie Stevenson Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry Ben Foster, Justin Timberlake, and Angie Stevenson Nominated
Hollywood Film Festival Best Film Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Stunts Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Won
Favorite Action Movie Nominated
Favorite Action Movie Star Justin Timberlake Nominated
IGN's Best of 2013 Movie Awards[4] Best Action Movie Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture Won
Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards


Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects & Foley in a Feature Film Peter Brown Nominated
MTV Movie Awards


Best On-Screen Duo Pete L. J. Dickson and Lela Star Nominated
Breakthrough Performance Lela Star Nominated
Best Kiss Ben Foster and Angie Stevenson Won
Favorite Character Brian Webster Nominated
Saturn Award Best Action or Adventure Film Nominated
Best Editing Won

Soundtracks Edit

Original Soundtrack Edit

The Rookies Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released August 3, 2013
Recorded 2011-12
Genre Hip hop, Rap
Label Def Jam, Universal
The Rookies Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the film. It was released on August 3, 2013, six days before the film's release.

Track listing Edit

Track No. Song Artist
1. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" Jennifer Lopez
2. "Power" Kanye West
3. "S&M" Rihannaft. Britney Spears
4. "Night and Day" Tech N9ne
5. "Day 'n' Nite" Kid Cudi
6. "Pool Party" Mic Holden
7. "Never Give Up Your Dream" Mic Holden
8. "Enemy and I" Lazarus
9. "Bullet & a Target" Citizen Cope
10. "Basketball" Lowd
11. "Lose Yourself" Eminem
12. "Dragonfly" Miredys Peguero & Paul Bushnell
13. "Marco Polo" Lowd & Cassie Simone
14. "Wanksta" 50 Cent
15. "U Wanna Be Me" Nas

Trivia Edit

  • Rated R for sexual content, nudity, strong language, violence.
  • Film debut of pornograhpic actresses Lela Star.
  • Ben Foster, Angie Stevenson, Shia LaBeouf, Channing Tatum, and Mandy Musgrave star on the CBS crime drama series Overstrike.
  • Lela Star stated in an interview that she wasn't into doing the film at first, but later admited that she became quite impressed with the script, she decided to do the movie.
  • The Rookies was the fourth out of five films in 2013 Pete L. J. Dickson, the actor who played Brian in the film, starred in. The others were Tonka: RevelationNeed for Speed: CarbonFast and Furious 7, and The Bourne Betrayal.
  • After Terry and Jill start making out in the bathtub, the scene cuts to Brian in his room. In Brian's room, there are posters of singers Justin Timberlake, Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Elise Estrada, Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, Blake McGrath, and Taylor Swift. Ironically, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Elise Estrada, Jordin Sparks, Blake McGrath, and Taylor Swift are Dickson's favourite singers.
  • The film had to edit some scenes featuring nudity in order to receive an R rating:
    • The bath scene between Terry and Jill; the part where Terry and Jill sprays each others private parts is edited.
    • The shower scene between Lucky and Crystal is edited. The edit version has Lucky and Crystal wearing their underwear while the uncensored version features the two naked.
  • All the uncensored scenes could only be seen on the Blu-ray Extended Cut.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

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  2. Lesnick, Silas (October 7, 2013). Despicable Me 2 Comes to DVD and Blu-ray December 10. Retrieved on December 6, 2014.
  3. The 14th Annual Golden Trailer Award Nominees. Retrieved on May 2, 2013.
  4. Movies - IGN's Best of 2013. Retrieved on January 10, 2014.
  5. Walsh, Jason (15 January 2014). Sound Editors Announce 2013 Golden Reel Nominees. Variety. Retrieved on 15 January 2014.
  6. 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' lead MPSE Golden Reel Awards nominations. HitFix. Retrieved on 15 January 2014.
  7. MTV Movie Awards: Winners List. Variety (April 13, 2014). Retrieved on April 13, 2014.