Summer Catch (2001)



Critic Consensus: A cliched and predictable sports comedy that's mostly devoid of excitement or laughs, Summer Catch is strictly bush-league.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (drug Content and Language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kevin Falls, John Gatins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 4, 2001
Box Office: $19.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Ryan Dunne

as Tenley Parrish

as Sean Dunne

as Rand Parrish

as Mike Dunne

as Dede Mulligan

as Miles Dalrymple

as Billy Brubaker

as Coach John Schiffner

as Mickey Dominguez

as Auggie

as Katie Parrish

as Eric Van Leemer

as Dale Robin

as Vivi Parrish

as Calvin Knight

as Himself

as Phillies Scout (uncr...

as Lusty House Mother (...

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Vivi Parrish

as Himself

as Himself

as Scout in Black Hat

as Marjorie

as Chris Hunt

as Hyannis Batter

as Statistician

as Vasser Graduate

as Coach Sully

as Chatham Pitcher

as Chatham A No.1

as Chatham A No.2

as Umpire
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Summer Catch

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Summer Catch

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (29)

It's a movie that should have been called on account of boredom.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

As the script works toward its big-game finale, it pauses now and then to rip off Bull Durham, to let Biel spout Successories-worthy words of encouragement, and to touch on subplots involving Prinze's familiar-faced teammates.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Maybe the filmmakers figured that the audience for Summer Catch is too young to have seen Bull Durham.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

When it comes to funny business, Tollin's got game, and he makes the most of some talented supporting players on his bench.

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
Top Critic

[An] awful light drama.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Big chunks of plot seem to be missing, as if left on the editing-room floor so that director Mike Tollin, in his feature debut, can get to yet another inspiring speech.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
Florida Times-Union

Audience Reviews for Summer Catch


Cute film but not much really to it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Freddy and Matthew Lillard two of the worst actors since the millennium. Brittany Murphy awful, Jessica Biel good lawd shawty, but movie is pretty bad. Terrible Boston accents only make this movie worse.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Class consciousness sustains the primary drama in this well-intentioned little tale. Freddie Prinze Jr. plays a blue-collar kid from Cape Cod who joins a roster of college hopefuls in an effort to get signed by a professional baseball team. That portion of the story plays out reasonably well; the hero's developing relationship with wealthy Vassar graduate Jessica Biel is less successful, because Biel can't act a lick. Everytime she utters a line, the film grinds to a dead stop. The script's smarmy sexuality also doesn't help; all concerned would have been better off concentrating on baseball and male bonding.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Summer Catch Quotes

– Submitted by Robert R (4 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Summer Catch on our Movie forum!