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Still shot from the movie: Summer Catch.

Summer Catch

A local poor boy who has the chance to play baseball in an amateur league that might give him a shot at the majors, falls for an out-of-town rich girl who is hoping to take a vacation from her fathers plans for her future, in a film that features more sex and beer drinking than baseball. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 24 Aug 2001
Video Release: 04 Dec 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Besides being a resort destination for the rich, Cape Cod's claim to fame is an elite amateur baseball team comprised of some of the best college contenders in the country. Ryan Dunne (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is the first local boy in years lucky enough to show off his pitching skills in this prime picking ground for big league scouts.

Summer Catch - Official site If you think this last chance to cut loose from his lawn mowing day job and achieve his life's dream will be sufficient motivation to help him focus on his game, you're wrong. Ryan's resolve quickly dissolves with the offer of beer and a good time from his buddies and the town hussy. This Summer Catch offers a mitt full of distractions including self-pity, anger mismanagement, and Tenley Parish (Jessica Biel), the bra-neglecting daughter of his wealthiest customer.

Summer Catch - Official site Yet it's hard to blame Ryan for getting sidetracked when the entire script seems to suffer from the same problem. More interested in the off-diamond play of the characters, the movie features an innocent young ballplayer who is invited to share in his house-mom's sexual obsessions that involve vegetables, a young man whose attraction to overweight females provides plenty of occasions for his teammates to make condescending remarks, a couple of beer-drinking cooler-toting buddies, and a young woman whose trademarks are straddling her date in order to pour beer into his mouth from a bottle clasped between her knees and exchanging her thong for her sexual partner's underwear (adding some cheeky rear male nudity and some tight front shots to the mix). The bar plays such a pivotal position to the plot that this much-frequented setting is the backdrop for a brawl resulting from team rivalry.

Summer Catch - Official site Including the portrayal of meddling parents that are critical of their children's choices, some colorful language and many crude expressions, Summer Catch offers a trite "believe in yourself" philosophy, and "let's get a beer" as the solution to life's frustrations. It tries to appeal to its young audience by covering all the bases: a rebellious attitude, sex, beer... oh! and baseball.

Summer Catch is rated PG-13: for sexual content, language and some drinking.

Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel
Studio: 2001 Warner Bros.

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