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.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Genre(s): Comedy
- Run Time: 108min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 08/24/2001
- DVD Release Date: 12/04/2001
- Distributor(s): Warner Bros.
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
- Themes: Star-Crossed Lovers,Class Differences,Success is the Best Revenge,Baseball Players,Fathers and Sons
- Tone: Affectionate,Earnest,Humorous,Light,Summery,Upbeat,Wistful
Summer, baseball, blue-collar, competition, pitching [sports], rival, romance, social-classes
- Country of Origin: USA (08-24-2001)
- Language: English