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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.

Director:

Michael Tollin (as Mike Tollin)

Writers:

Kevin Falls (story), Kevin Falls (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Ryan Dunne
Jessica Biel ... Tenley Parrish
Fred Ward ... Sean Dunne
Matthew Lillard ... Billy Brubaker
Brian Dennehy ... John Schiffner
Jason Gedrick ... Mike Dunne
Brittany Murphy ... Dede Mulligan
Bruce Davison ... Rand Parrish
Marc Blucas ... Miles Dalrymple
Wilmer Valderrama ... Mickey Dominguez
Corey Pearson ... Eric Van Leemer
Christian Kane ... Dale Robin
Cedric Pendleton ... Calvin Knight
Gabriel Mann ... Auggie Mulligan
Jed Rhein ... Pete (as Jed Robert Rhein)
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Catch See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,018,593, 26 August 2001

Gross USA:

$19,753,553

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,772,447
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The batter at home plate when the camera pans Veterans Field (Chatham's real home field on Cape Cod, the one with the playground) is Hyannis's Brendan Harris, who made his major league debut in 2004 with the Chicago Cubs. See more »

Goofs

When Ryan's buddies are keeping track of the number of strikeouts that he gets in the last game by posting the 'K' signs they mistakenly post the Ks backwards when batters swing at the third strike. The backwards K is the baseball scorekeeping symbol for a strikeout in which the batter does not swing at the third strike. (Though this might be excused as character error). See more »

Quotes

Miles: Excuse me, I am tired of living a lie. I need it to be known that I like a big girl. In fact, a large, zaftig, voluptuous, full-figured, big-boned, massive-assive honey, that is what gets me going. I like fat women and they like me... big girls need love too, baby!
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DVD release features 12 minutes of deleted scenes. See more »

Connections

References Wing Commander (1999) See more »

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Would You...?
Written by David Lowe
Performed by Touch & Go
Courtesy of V2 Records, Inc.
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Worn plot, tepid romance
19 January 2002 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

`Summer Catch' gets points for trying hard, but it is saddled with so many liabilities that it crashes and burns without getting much altitude. The script is a mish mash of tired themes. Small town boy makes good meets boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets baseball underdog gets big break. The film tries to bill itself as another `Bull Durham' but it has none of the subtlety, comedy or insider perspective of that film. Mostly this is just another lightweight Freddie Prinze, Jr. romantic comedy where Jessica Biel is the catch of the day.

Prinze plays his standard romantic hero role and tries to throw in some baseball. He is fair at both but keeps getting outshined by his supporting cast. I've never really understood the big sensation over Jessica Biel. She shows in this film that her acting is far inferior to her looks. Biel and Prinze interact like marble statues, nice to look at but no chemistry whatever.

The best performances were given by supporting cast members. Fred Ward does a terrific job as Ryan's dad. Brian Dennehy is always fabulous in supporting roles and does not disappoint as the coach of the A's. Brittany Murphy does a fantastic wild thing, with a provocative earthiness that is simultaneously seductive and cute.

There is not much substance here. The baseball scenes are weak and the romance is tepid. The film has some endearing moments but fails to distinguish itself except that it gets goofy far too often. I rated it a 5/10. Fans of Prinze and Biel will enjoy seeing them look sexy for an hour and three quarters. Others might want to miss it.


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