• Publication date: November 23, 2011

For the Love of the Game and the Love of his Life Summer Catch: Romantic Comedy Hits a Home Run

Summer Catch

Summer Catch

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.

At one time Ryan Dunne (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) was a promising college baseball player with major league potential.  The untimely death of his mother traumatized him however, triggering a mental breakdown that ended his athletic and academic careers.  Now Dunne has returned to his native Chatham, Massachusetts demoralized, mowing lawns for his father's (Fred Ward) two man landscaping business.

Luckily, local coach John Schiffner (Brian Dennehy) continues to believe in the player's potential, and recruits Ryan for the Chatham Athletics, a member of the renowned Cape Cod Baseball League.  Members of the league are frequently signed by the majors, and Dunne may have a second chance at redemption.  The rookie's performance is initially mixed though, and he repeatedly fumbles under pressure.

Ryan desperately seeks his no-nonsense father's admiration, though earning a woman's love proves to be a stronger motivating factor.  While on the job with dad he meets Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel), a wealthy Cape Cod summer vacationer.  He is quickly smitten by her, but Dunne's blue-collar background clashes with Tenley's aristocratic status.  Regardless of his chances, Ryan pursues the heiress, flaunting his physical prowess and determination to compensate for wealth.

The slugger's efforts are not in vain.  Despite strong disapproval from Tenley's snobby father, Ryan slowly wins her heart; in parallel, Tenley's emotional support increases his performance on the field.  Still, a professional contract remains a mere dream, and Ryan must successfully shed the self-doubt that crushed his dreams before. 

Summer Catch features music from Uncle Kracker, The Clarks, LL Cool J, and Collective Soul.     

Showing On: MBC MAX

Year: 2001

Duration: 108 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Starring:

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Jessica Biel

Fred Ward

Matthew Lillard

Brian Dennehy

Jason Gedrick

Brittany Murphy

Director: Michael Tollin

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, explicit language, and some drinking.