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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.
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+
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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This is a good concept.... It COULD be a great movie, if the writing was not so poor, and the acting just as bad. The acting is near unbelievable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyler
It was pretty boring, bad, and had a lot of butts. Watch for adorable Freddie Prinze Jr. Don't expect much else. I don't even understand how it ended.Published 4 months ago by Charles VonCrabb
freddie at his best, which is overall a so-so performancePublished 4 months ago by george mcclymont
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