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Summer Catch (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  24 August 2001 (USA)
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A rich girl whose family summers on Cape Cod has a romance with a local poor boy who hopes to become a major league baseball player.

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Ryan Dunne, a nice high-school kid, who works hard mowing lawns for dad Sean's firm, is caught between loyalty to Sir, who cynically believes neither of his sons will even climb the social ladder, and big brother Mike, who scolds Ryan's lack of ambition to go all the way to be recruiter for for a baseball college scholarship, which Mike had to abandon due to a wound. To complicate matters, he falls in love with a snob client's daughter. Written by KGF Vissers

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Baseball's a sport. Love's the game for Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Jessica Biel. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some drinking | See all certifications »

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24 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Summer  »

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Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,018,593 (USA) (24 August 2001)

Gross:

$19,693,891 (USA) (26 October 2001)
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Wilmer Valderrama's film debut. See more »

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We see several shots of two players on the same team wearing the number "26". See more »

Quotes

Sean Dunne: Mr. Parrish. Remember my son Ryan?
Ryan: How are you doing?
Rand Parrish: Fellows, could you do me a favor and not park on the main driveway? Just use the service drive from now on. Thanks.
Sean Dunne: I drove by the Chamberlains'. I thought you were going to do their lawn.
Ryan: I had practice.
Sean Dunne: How's the coach?
Ryan: I told you not to talk to him.
Sean Dunne: I didn't.
Ryan: Someone told him the story about Mom dying.
Sean Dunne: Maybe someone's trying to help you.
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References Wing Commander (1999) See more »

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Skin
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Performed by Collective Soul
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Baseball is better without the romance
25 August 2001 | by (Dartmouth, MA) – See all my reviews

Summer Catch is a romantic comedy about a local college baseball player (Freddy Prinze Jr.) playing in the Cape Cod baseball league, who falls in love with a rich girl, Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel), who is home in cape cod for the summer and is going to leave to San Francisco to work for her rich uncle because her father told her to. The Cape Cod Baseball league is a league of the finest college baseball players who are bought together to play in a summer league using wooden bats. These players are usually close to making the Major League and getting paid. It is said that 1 out of 6 major league players has played in the Cape Cod league. Many scouts come to watch these games. Prinze plays the baseball player Ryan Dunne who is a Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde type pitcher. He always starts the game well but ultimately comes to the point where he loses his focus and blows it. Prinze is always seen as a failure to his father and his brother. They think that he will end up cutting grass for his father for the rest of his life. Jessica Biel, has rich parents and can have whatever she wants. She falls in love with Ryan Dunne and is caught between choosing her fathers wishes, moving to San Francisco and working for her uncle, or staying with Ryan whether he makes it to the big leagues or not. At first Ryan is not a hit with some of his teammates such as the Dodger Blue, Eric Van Leemer, who turned down a 2 million dollar contract. Eric acts kind of a character foil for Ryan. They are both off the wall pitchers, Eric has a glove that is different colors and has flames, while Ryan just blows up on the field but Ryan found his success in the end by working hard at it. Eric just always had the talent and never had to look deeper to find his pitching groove. But Ryan becomes good friends with his other teammates such as Billy "Bru" Brubaker, Miles Dalrymple and Mickey "Domo" Dominguez (Wilmer Valderama). The movie does have its funny moments such as the times that Ryan and Bru wear the thongs or how Domo's "baseball mother" loves the young cape cod baseball players and gives Domo his own private show which involves a cucumber (lets leave it at that). But baseball and love stories do not mix. The movies ending is horrible, just as the final baseball game gets to its climax, Ryan is 2 outs away from the baseball Mecca of achievements for a pitcher, a no-hitter, he leaves it for Tenley Parrish. I just feel that he should have at least pitched the no-hitter instead of taking himself out. In the end, Ryan Dunne did make the Major Leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies, and ironically, he still has the destruction point in the big leagues because he gives up a homer. After watching this movie, writers have found a way to turn the American pastime game of baseball into a chick flick.


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