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Summer Catch
     

Summer Catch

5.0 3
Director: Mike Tollin

Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, Fred Ward

 

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This blend of sports and youthful romantic comedy is from director Michael Tollin, who previously produced the sports drama Varsity Blues (1999). Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Ryan Dunne, a ballplayer who's spending the summer as a pitcher for the famed, highly prestigious Cape Cod League, a non-professional farm team that has turned out numerous baseball legends

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This blend of sports and youthful romantic comedy is from director Michael Tollin, who previously produced the sports drama Varsity Blues (1999). Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Ryan Dunne, a ballplayer who's spending the summer as a pitcher for the famed, highly prestigious Cape Cod League, a non-professional farm team that has turned out numerous baseball legends. Ryan's under special pressure on a number of fronts. He's the first local boy to earn a slot in the league in years, and his blue-collar status earns him the enmity of a hot-shot college teammate, Eric Van Leemer (Corey Pearson). Although he's backed up by his best friend and team catcher Billy Brubaker (Matthew Lillard), Ryan adds more stress to his life by embarking on an affair with a beautiful, wealthy young Vassar graduate, Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel), who's spending the summer on the Cape with her parents. Tenley is facing her own crisis as her father (Bruce Davison) pressures her to move to San Francisco and work with her uncle, though she'd rather remain in the East and become an architect. Summer Catch is the third onscreen teaming of Prinze and Lillard, and also stars Brian Dennehy, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Gedrick, Fred Ward, and Brittany Murphy.

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The Freddie Prinze Jr. movie has become a category unto itself: constructed with basic genre efficiency and zero sticking power. That's a good way to summarize Summer Catch, an agreeable enough but totally predictable baseball romance that has all the impact of a foul-out to the catcher. Because audiences have grown bored of this lazy enslavement to the status quo, Summer Catch took a beanball to the head from critics. Obviously inspired by Bull Durham -- to the point of having a pitcher don ladies' undergarments, a la Tim Robbins' Nuke LaLoosh -- Summer Catch does occasionally scrounge together some of that film's baseball-in-the-sticks charm. The renowned Cape Cod league for college players is a nice focal point for this brand of sentimentality, and the characters are not all egregious stereotypes. Prinze is fine, perennial collaborator Matthew Lillard is plenty goofy, and Jessica Biel is just enough more than a pretty face to connect. But it all adds up to very little, because nothing feels challenging, funny, or memorable -- just tepid and safe. One can barely mount the energy to curse the film up and down for its faults, because no one moment inspires howls of disbelief. It's just vanilla -- not the good kind of vanilla, but rather, the stale pint at the back of the freezer case, ignored and unseen.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2014
UPC:
0888574092160
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
28,874

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Freddie Prinze Ryan Dunne
Jessica Biel Tenley Parrish
Fred Ward Sean Dunne
Jason Gedrick Mike Dunne
Brittany Murphy Dede Mulligan
Matthew Lillard Billy Brubaker
Gabriel Mann Auggie
Bruce Davison Rand Parrish
Marc Blucas Miles Dalrymple
Brian Dennehy Coach John Schiffner
Wilmer Valderrama Mickey Dominguez
Corey Pearson Eric Van Leemer
Christian Kane Dale Robin
Cedric Pendleton Calvin Knight
Jed Rhein Pete
Zena Grey Katie Parrish
Curt Gowdy Himself
Pat Burrell Himself
Dave Collins Himself
Doug Glanville Himself
Grif Griffis Himself
Jeff Kellogg Himself
Mike Liberthal Himself
Mike Aaron Himself
Mike Lieberthal Mike Lieberthal
Dick Allen Scout in Black Hat
Randi Layne Vivi Parrish
Traci Dinwiddie Lauren
Susan Gardner Marjorie
Courtney Driver Jenna
Jack Baun Chris Hunt
Tammy Christine Arnold Vassar Graduate
Tim Lucason Hyannis Batter
Kenny Gasperson Statistician
Mark Robert Ellis Umpire
Herbert W. Gains Angry Fan
Thaddeus Hill Coach Sully
Brock Keene Chatham Pitcher
Mike Ribaudo Chatham A #1
Matt Hobbie Chatham A #2
John C. McGinley Talent Scout

Technical Credits
Mike Tollin Director,Producer
Kevin Falls Screenwriter
George Fenton Score Composer
Herbert W. Gains Executive Producer
John Gatins Screenwriter
John D. Kretschmer Production Designer
Juliet Polcsa Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Robbins Producer
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer
Sam Weisman Producer

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Summer Catch 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summer Catch is an awsome movie. It is perfect for everyone who loves Cape Cod is Massachusetts, and it is perfect for romance and baseball fans. It's one of the best movies i have ever seen.
J.R._BookWorm More than 1 year ago
I saw Summer Catch on HBO and had to look it up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago