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A rich girl whose family summers on Cape Cod has a romance with a local boy who hopes to become a major league baseball player.

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Fans of Freddie Prinze Jr. will no doubt enjoy Summer Catch, which features Freddie running through sprinklers on a baseball diamond wearing nothing but an orange thong. Freddie plays Ryan, an aspiring pitcher at baseball camp. Ryan grew up in the New England town that hosts the camp, mowing lawns with his landscaping father, so he's torn between his local friends and his new baseball buddies. Meanwhile, he's being pursued by a rich and beautiful local girl with the odd name of Tenley (Jessica Biel), whose father doesn't approve of her cavorting with the lawn boy. Ryan's an incredibly talented pitcher--everyone agrees, especially his bartending brother who also wanted to play ball but lacked the gift--but he's haunted by fear of failure and the recent loss of his mother. The strong supporting actors (including Matthew Lillard, Brittany Murphy, Brian Dennehy, Fred Ward, and Bruce Davison) do their best, but the script doesn't help. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, Fred Ward, Matthew Lillard, Brian Dennehy
  • Directors: Michael Tollin
  • Writers: John Gatins, Kevin Falls
  • Producers: Michael Tollin, Brian Robbins, Herb Gains, John Gatins, Sam Weisman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QW6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Summer Catch" on IMDb

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DKUSA on April 20, 2004
Format: DVD
Despite the other reviews, this was a nice change from all the other movies out there. Just basic and enjoyable! Refreshing after a long day. Simple and sweet. Really enjoyed it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on August 16, 2002
Format: DVD
...In the theatres, that is. But I'm not sure if anyone even knew this movie existed because the commercials just featured quick clips with barely any real dialogue. When the movie went to cable, there were most likely two types of people who watched it: teenage girls, because the movie featured heart-throbs (they're all there: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Christian Kane, Matthew Lillard); and ANY-age guys, because the commercial showed Jessica Biel in a bikini (by the way, that scene's not even in the movie).
Basically the movie is about a rich girl named Tenley Parrish (Biel) who ends up falling in love with a "poor" boy named Ryan Dunne (Prinze), who has ambitions to become a professional baseball pitcher. His life seems to be jaded due to his dull older brother Mike (Jason Gedrick), his father (Fred Ward), who seems to be pleased with failure, and the memories of his dead mother, who apparently was the only other person in the family that was normal. Tenley is afraid to tell her father about going after a boy who isn't rich, and that makes Ryan feel rather insecure and cheated.
The storyline isn't all that bad, but there were some things that needed heavy-duty work. Several of the characters seemed just plain useless. Ryan's sometimes-crazy best friend Billy Brubaker (Matthew Lillard) is featured in several scenes that don't seem to have a point, and it feels like the scenes are there only because Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Matthew Lillard are real-life best friends, and there are few movies they don't do together nowadays. Also, the scenes with Mickey Dominguez (Wilmer Valderrama) seem like they're there just to get him in the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason on June 1, 2013
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Overall I found this movie to be more of a love story than a baseball movie, which is what I expected anyways. I enjoyed the baseball feeling towards the movie though, reminds me of where I play baseball in the summer. Acting in the movie was decent, the baseball players didn't really impress me all too much, which is what happens when you have actors that have probably never played the game, for starters: none of them looked like ball players to me. All in all I enjoyed the movie and would most likely give it a 2 and a half star rating if I were a newspaper critic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Townsend on May 14, 2004
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Contrary to some of the reviewers, this movie is not all bad and is not for baseball lovers only. I don't care for sports at all, but didn't mind seeing baseball as a backdrop. It was nice to see Jessica in a more 'adult' role and Freddie Prinz, Jr. is not one of my favorite stars on a good day, but you can relate to his inner struggle of known vs. unknown life choices. The scene where his two long-time friends put him in his place is a real tear jerker and worth the time to watch the movie. Glimpses of Mark Blucas (Riley, BVS) and Christian Kane (Lindsey, "Angel") were also treats. I don't know that I personally would pay for a copy, but check it out on tv and decide for yourself. It's worth a peek! A nice stress reliever after a hard day.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "thesenuttz" on July 16, 2002
Format: DVD
I would rather catch a cold than watch Summer Catch a second time. Another movie about a guy who wants a girl who is out of his league....can you guess what happens at the end. Movie makers should be embarrassed by the lack of quality their products have these days. When we pay to see a movie, we are wanting something new that we haven't seen before. This movie just falls to the bottom of a list that includes a 1000 other movies just like it. Same story, just different characters. I highly do NOT recommend this to anyone who is not in love with Freddie Jr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Kimber on May 12, 2014
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This was one of Freddie Prinze best films yet. His acting was excellent, and very convincing. He is so handsome and really has good chemistry with Jessica Biel. Would love to see him in another romance comedy!
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I'm sure we all remember the late 90's when Freddie Prince Jr. was on everyone's tongues (not literally) and he was, to some, considered the `it' boy of the moment. He was everywhere and he starred in everything, kind of like Jude Law was in the early 00's, except Prince Jr. was no where near as gifted.

This brings me to `Summer Catch', one of the countless teen romantic comedies that Prince Jr. starred in during his career heyday (where is his episode of `Where Are They Now?'). To be totally honest, this is one of the few that I liked. I'll be honest, I liked this for reason that step outside of the bounds of `Freddie Prince Jr.', and two of those reasons are displayed on Jessica Biel's chest, but that aside, the film is fun and flirty and entertaining to say the least. I'm not a baseball fan (I'm not really a fan of any sport) but the films baseball theme is lost inside it's desperation to be relevant to teenage hormones, and so the backdrop is really nothing more than that; a side point that is deemed irrelevant next to the crude humor and sexual innuendo.

Prince Jr. plays an aspiring pitcher who is riddled with talent and hesitation thanks to personal issues. A relationship with a beautiful rich girl throws yet another wrench in his already severed relationships.

There are more than a few wrenches in this films plot though, or at least the script which fails to do the plot (which is clichéd and contrived on its own) any justice. When you take a step back and think about what this film is `about' it becomes clear that Hollywood lacks much imagination since nearly every Freddie Prince Jr. movie kind of has the same plot. Alas, the scenes here become uneven beings that a lot of them don't seem to have any bearing on the plots progression.
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