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Summer Catch

3.3 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews

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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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QW6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Summer Catch" on IMDb

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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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I heard a story about a preacher who had written in his sermon notes, “Point is weak; pound pulpit here”. I had that same sense as I watched “Summer Catch”. Uh oh, we’re flailing—quick show somebody in their underwear. What do we do now? Let’s try more sophomoric vulgarity. More trouble—let’s try to copy “Bull Durham”. You get the idea. “Summer Catch” drops the imagination ball and the result is a movie that is painful to endure. Combines profanity with generous helpings of vulgarity and banality.
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I watched Summer Catch yesterday and, must say, I enjoyed this movie. I think the message is just to follow your heart, accept the support of others, while at the same time, do not let others negatively influence you.

The main character in the movie is Ryan Dunne (well played by Freddie Prinze Jr.), an aspiring professional baseball pitcher who is playing for a Cape League team during the summer, namely the Chatham Athletics. After previous career disappointments consisting of quitting his college team and being kicked off another team, this is his last chance to make the roster of an MLB team. While playing for the A's, he also works for his father's landscaping company and falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy client, Tenley Parrish (played by the beautiful Jessica Biel).

While this is going on, he is getting both encouraged by his friends, teammates, coach to succeed on the baseball field while being discouraged by setbacks during two games as well as by constant taunting from a very strong rival pitcher on the team. In addition, Tenley's domineering father is trying to push her to pursue his career of choice although she longs for another career and does his best to destroy the relationship between Ryan and Tenley, including threatening to cut of Ryan's father's business if he doesn't stay away from Tenley. In addition, Ryan's father tries to convince him that a relationship between a rich girl and someone from his background is not possible.

Overall, a good movie. There are other good characters in the movie such as Ryan's teammates who bring humor into the movie such as Billy Brubaker (played by Matthew Lillard) and Domo (played by Wilmer Valderrama). This move is worth a watch.
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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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Released in 2001, “Summer Catch” stars Freddie Prince Jr. and Jessica Biel, the former a Cape Cod baseball prospect with hopes for the Major League who lands a gig playing for the Chatham Athletics, the latter a rich girl pressured by her pompous axx father (Bruce Davison) to move to San Francisco and work for a firm. Brian Dennehy plays the no-nonsense coach while Matthew Lillard, Brittany Murphy, Corey Pearson and Wilmer Valderrama play various youths. Fred Ward and Jason Gedrick are on hand as the baseball hopeful’s father and brother.

This is essentially a baseball version of 1999’s excellent “Varsity Blues” and 1993’s solid “The Program.” It’s not as good as the former, but it’s at least as good as the latter. Everything clicks for a quality ‘coming-of-age’ flick – the cast, story, acting, locations, cinematography, music and editing. The babe factor is strong with Biel leading the way with her stunning bod (actually, blowing all others out of the water); and Beverly D'Angelo still sizzles at 49 years-old in a small role. I’m at a loss as to why “Summer Catch” rates only 4.9/10 on IMDb when it’s at least a 7/10 film.

The film runs 108 minutes and was shot in Cape Cod, Cincinnati and Southport, North Carolina.

GRADE: Borderline B/B+
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Great summer time movie about a minor league baseball player trying to make his way to the pro leagues, dealing with his girlfriends father, expectations of his own father and brother an the antics of his fellow players.
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Before any of you rant and rave at me for giving this five stars, all I have to say is Jessica Biel. This was the first movie I saw her onscreen and she just blew me away. I bought her falling for Freddie Prinze, Jr., so really what else did I need?

Having said that, I enjoyed the premise a ton and this despite my being a huge sports fan but not much of a sports movie one. The Cape Cod League is one of baseball's best minor leagues and I felt the movie totally captured the feel of that summer league. Loved them using Curt Gowdy as the Chatham A's radio announcer and there's even a Hank Aaron cameo that was a total out-of-the-blue surprise.

The supporting cast is solid from Brittany Murphy to Fred Ward. Now looking back you can see Matthew Lillard, Marc Blucas and Wilmer Valderrama (pre-Fez!) as well as Annie Potts made appearances. The girl who plays Jessica Biel's sister steals the entire movie with her attempts to become the mascot of the A's. Just wait till she finally nails the perfect mascot persona near the end of the flick.
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