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Summer Catch (2001)

Freddie Prinze Jr. , Jessica Biel , Michael Tollin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QW6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Summer Catch" on IMDb

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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.

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good no matter what they say! April 20, 2004
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nobody saw this August 16, 2002
...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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste? Yes! Want? Not! November 12, 2001
By A Customer
Sorry, but what a lost opportunity by this director, who spent almost $20 Million, and we didn't get to see a real baseball movie. I think the director was a minor league quality ballplayer and even produced a great documentary a few years ago about Hank Aaron (I think it was Aaron). Summer Catch got way lost in the teen-movie-thing. Jeez, for $20 Million, he could have fictionalized a Jackie Robinson type-story on how the Negro Leagues' destiny was to take over our hearts. Could you imagine the baseball scenes. It was "Magic Johnson Show-Time" way ahead of its time. Now, that's something we've never seen dramatized. Spike Lee still hasn't made the real Jackie Robinson story for the screen yet. For a baseball lover to do this Summer Catch thing is a Waste. Did we really want to see good baseball scenes get messed up with a star running around in a thong? NO!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't even reach "teen movie" standards September 21, 2003
I fell asleep throughout a lot of the movie and when I woke up wanted to bang my head against the wall. [granted, i had been up all night the night before, but it counts]
This has to be one of the most INANE and BORING movies i have ever watched...besides the fact that there is a lot of innuendo that absolutely nothing to do with the 'plot' of the movie, which is hard enough to find anyway, I hate to break it to all the Freddie Fans out there, no matter how cute this guy is, HE CANNOT ACT.
every movie he's been in has been the same type of character and even if it wasn't, he acted the same.
unless you are ready for 108 minutes of unnecessary torture and boredom, i do NOT reccomend this movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars all-American rubbish December 16, 2001
By A Customer
shallow, cliche-ridden nonsense. The only thing which kept me awake was Jessica Biel in a bikini.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Summer Flop July 16, 2002
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Embarrassment to baseball July 18, 2004
By A Customer
I agree with the previous post, this movie is not about baseball and is for freddie fans only, not baseball fans. Go watch a good baseball movie like bull durham, it doesn't even compare
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! February 10, 2002
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Where do I start. Let me first try to figure out what this movie was even about. I hated this movie. The acting was horrible, the story was predictible and it was not funny at all. I was looking more forward to it returning it to the movie store then to find out how things would work out in the end. Who told Jessica Biel (or whatever her name is) that she could act? Maybe I'm wrong about her. This is the first movie I've seen her in. But I'm not so sure I would give her a second chance. Most of the actors were annoying and not funny at all. Not even the one-liners!Baseball fans don't count on this to be a good movie. It's not. Don't waste your time.So don't count on this to be a humorous movie.I will not see this movie again. I'd rather watch "Roots" straight through then this horrible movie again.
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Published 1 day ago by Cary Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok movie
Published 4 days ago by Brit U
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT IN ALL ASPECTS
Published 1 month ago by btracyusa
5.0 out of 5 stars ... hit hard by the critics but it is a great movie for aspiring...
I know this movie gets hit hard by the critics but it is a great movie for aspiring baseball players. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars A Home Run!
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. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Kimber
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
It wasn't the greatest, but was a fun story. Kids having a good time. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it to someone.
Published 6 months ago by jmatheson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Baseball Movie
I'm a sucker for baseball movies and this is one of the best. No, it's not Field of Dreams, but it IS a charming little bit of Cape Cod league baseball. I highly recommend it.
Published 10 months ago by Randy Bowden
1.0 out of 5 stars Prinze + Biel = Disaster
Freddie Prinze Jr...what can I say, he's an awful actor. One of the worst I think in recent history. This movie is dull, cheapy jokes and bad acting. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JoB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Always liked this movie. Keep telling a friend that she reminds me of the house mother...
See the movie you'll find it funny.
Published 16 months ago by bdeath
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer Catch is a fun catch
Overall I found this movie to be more of a love story than a baseball movie, which is what I expected anyways. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jason
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