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.

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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.
PG-13 (drug Content and Language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Freddie Prinze Jr.
as Ryan Dunne
Jessica Biel
as Tenley Parrish
Fred Ward
as Sean Dunne
Bruce Davison
as Rand Parrish
Jason Gedrick
as Mike Dunne
Brittany Murphy
as Dede Mulligan
Marc Blucas
as Miles Dalrymple
Matthew Lillard
as Billy Brubaker
Brian Dennehy
as Coach John Schiffner
Wilmer Valderrama
as Mickey Dominguez
Gabriel Mann
as Auggie
Jed Rhein
as Pete
Zena Grey
as Katie Parrish
Corey Pearson
as Eric Van Leemer
Christian Kane
as Dale Robin
Randi Lane
as Vivi Parrish
Cedric Pendleton
as Calvin Knight
John C. McGinley
as Phillies Scout (uncredited)
Grif Griffis
as Himself
Beverly D'Angelo
as Lusty House Mother (uncredited)
Curt Gowdy
as Himself
Mike Liberthal
as Himself
Pat Burrell
as Himself
Mike Aaron
as Himself
Dave Collins
as Himself
Randi Layne
as Vivi Parrish
Doug Glanville
as Himself
Jeff Kellogg
as Himself
Hank Aaron
as Himself
Dick Allen
as Scout in Black Hat
Susan Gardner
as Marjorie
Jack Baun
as Chris Hunt
Tim Lucason
as Hyannis Batter
Kenny Gasperson
as Statistician
Mark Ellis
as Umpire
Herbert W. Gains
as Angry Fan
Tammy Christine Arnold
as Vasser Graduate
Thaddeus Hill
as Coach Sully
Brock Keene
as Chatham Pitcher
Mike Ribaudo
as Chatham A No.1
Matt Hobbie
as Chatham A No.2
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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

Because I'm a baseball fan, I tend to be an easy mark for baseball-themed movies, but something as badly focused and feebly scripted as Summer Catch just makes me wish for the Fall.

Full Review… | August 30, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Summer Catch

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
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


Cute film but not much really to it.

John Manard
John Manard

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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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