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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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Michael Tollin (as Mike Tollin)

Writers:

Kevin Falls (story), Kevin Falls (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,693,891, 28 October 2001
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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

Near the beginning of the movie, the brief shot of the light stanchion clicking on (to illuminate the field for a night game) is actually a reversal of the actual footage. This was done for effect as mercury-vapor lights (commonly used in such applications) take some 4-7 minutes to achieve full brightness after being switched on. Now, they do (almost) go completely dark when turned off (with a faint glow lasting for a short while). If you view this closely, you'll notice that the lights are glowing at first and then snap up to full bright. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: She was big huh?
Billy: Yeah, she was fat and that ain't with a p-h kid!
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Alternate Versions

DVD release features 12 minutes of deleted scenes. See more »

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Over My Head
Written by Dan Wilson
Performed by Semisonic
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Enteprises
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Young Girls will love it!
18 March 2001 | by testampSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, I'm not a young girl! (although I am still in the target audience). This utter mess of a movie is so mundane, so poorly acted, written, and directed, that I was literally squirming in my seat as to when the movie would finish.

The basic plot of "Summer Catch" is Freddy Prinze Jr. has some emotional crisis going on because he messed up a chance at 'making it', although that was never clearly explained. See, Prinze is a less-than-minor league pitcher, and he pitches good (those 50mph fastballs strangely clocked on-screen at 95mph!!) but once his mind gets clouded he folds on the mound. So, 7th Heaven star Jessica Biel comes into the fray to win Prinze's heart so he'll be that great pitcher that we all know he can be!

Prinze gives his usual "cute boy who smiles a lot" routine, and Matthew Lillard also gives his usual "side-kick to Freddy Prinze Jr." routine. Although Lillard is hilarious in some scenes, I can't figure out why he didn't have more screen time. Wilmer Valderama (Fez from That 70's Show) gives a great performance, although I don't think I saw him for 10 minutes total in the movie!? Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) also has a memorable performance, although again his talents are avoided to give Prinze and Jessica Biel more kissing screen-time. I'd say that whenever the story's focus goes back to Prinze's "overcoming-oneself-to-make-it" over-used plot, the movie comes to a complete hault.

Lack of pacing, no story, bad acting, bad casting, and a combination of washed up actors (Brian Dennehy, Jason Gedrick) and new "talent", makes it impossible for me to recommend this movie.


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