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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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QW6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,058 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 PEN NAME 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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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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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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By Five Angels on January 29, 2010
Format: DVD
Satisfaction is about setting the proper expectations. This movie is a great example.

Without providing too much of the plot, this movie is not a baseball movie. In fact, baseball is nothing more than a sideshow for the trite love and social class struggle of a pitcher looking to achieve some level of success in life.

The scenes are set (on location) on Cape Cod and according to the infamous Cape Cod Baseball (amateur) League, a institution that boasts production of many future major leaguers. While the baseball scenes stick to the CC League traditions and many of the actual towns/teams, it is really just used as a premise or vehicle to set the format for the class struggle of a local pitcher (Freddie Prinze Jr)/college drop-out/landscaper to battle against the odds of winning the love of the rich hottie (Jessica Biel), beyond the dwindling confines of her summer vacation. Add in the usual formula of the rich and domineering father of Biel, the poor and dissatisfied-in-life father of Prinze, and the struggle for Prinze to make something successful of himself (despite the odds), and you have this movie in a nutshell.

What's wrong with this, assuming you are not put off by the usual formulas in movies? Well, Biel's 'acting' is atrocious, but she is just one of many awful performances. Beyond that, the movie just rushes through the character development and scenes on way too rapid a pace. It really needed an additional half hour. That and the baseball is just too nonsensical and contrived, in it's situations and performance, to be any value to a bb enthusiast.

However, this movie IS entertaining, still, with all these faults. It may not be great quality, but it moves along so fast that you won't be bored! Just expect a teenage, summer-type movie and you'll be fine...
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Remember when you watched Bull Durham, had that odd feeling, and asked yourself, "Is this a chick flick in disguise?" Well, look no further, because Summer Catch takes that concept, disposes of the authentic baseball all together, elevates the level of sap from "argh" to "groan", and follows a cheesy teen-comedy to the predictable end.

Ryan Dunne (Prinze), a college drop out with impeccable grooming, makes his way to his hometown Cape Code League, a place where college stars play summer baseball, and he mows adjacent lawns for his dad's landscaping business. In roughly one encounter - in which he's embarrassed - he finds true, star-crossed love with Tenley Parrish (Biel), the incredible-looking, rich, smart, funny, nice girl who doesn't exist in real life, and whose daddy doesn't approve. Immediately you're left thinking, will Freddie mow the lawn, or will he "mow the lawn"?

What truly ruined this for me - other than the fact that it was disingenuously billed as a sports movie - is the unbelievable collection of sports realism. How unathletic is Prinze if he isn't even shown playing baseball? He's never shown in a full baseball action scene, and it looks like the director wanted to hide his limp-wristed throwing style. Even that gawd awful throwing motion of Tim Robbins was included in Bull Durham...how horrible must Freddie have looked? And that isn't even exploring the concept of a 6'3", 120-lb. catcher in Matthew Lillard. With one of the least athletic body frames in history (unless the movie is about distance running) Lillard is cast as a catcher, which just happens to be the most demanding position in baseball. Despite providing the only real laughs of the movie, he should stick to the computer hacker genre, or another Scooby Doo sequel with his BFF Prinze.
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