has all the classic elements of a cut-rate summer movie. You get
Freddie Prinze Jr. and a quazi-dramatic plot involving baseball.
That pretty much sums it up, huh?
think maybe Im playing hardball? Sure, hes got that
washboard stomach thing goin on, but certainly even todays
teenage gals want a pinch of acting ability thrown in with their
eye candy, no?
story, and I use that word in its lowest elementary form,
revolves around the Chatham As, a summer baseball team steeped
in tradition. They're the countrys top minor-league ball
players, who come together so the pro scouts can check them out
in one comfortable local, while also providing a legal tax write-off
for the scenic seaside Massachusetts town.
Dunne (Freddie Prinze Jr.), a local lawn boy with a history of
failure, has been drafted onto the golden team for his exceptional
southpaw pitching talents. This is his big chance! Actually its
his third big chance as loser boy has some heavy self-esteem issues
and appears to be a raging alcoholic who is still filled with
anger over the loss of his mother. These problems have managed
to get him kicked out of two minor-league colleges already. Three
Catch is filled with belligerent boys who dont seem to take
the opportunity seriously. They go out nearly every night before
a big game and get whacked on brewskis, fornicate with some local
gals and show up to play some ball the next day. Please. Bull
Durham this is not! Its more like The Bad News Bears: The
College Dayz and an annoying, telegraphed snorefest.
not a redeeming, or interesting, fellow in the bunch. But wait,
it gets better... Lawn boy/pitcher Ryans falling for the
rich girl, Tenley (nondescript Jessica Biel), for whom his lowly
family mows lawns. So starts that tiresome The Have Family
vs. The Have Not Family routine, where Mr. Rich is a demeaning
self-centered snob and Mr. Palookaville (a.k.a. Ryan) promptly
backs down because hes not worthy of her love.
maybe if he concentrated on his game? Ryan is being offered to
go pro ball, which of course means hed be rich, too. But
Ryans more into his temper tantrums on the mound, worrying
about some Betsy Blueblood hes just met and drinking as
much beer as he possibly can.
this is what the boys of summer are offering, I say bring on football
season--now! Believe me, this is one minor-league, extended-inning
waste of time!
Snack Recommendation: Ballpark franks at a BASEBALL GAME,
instead of this foul ball extravaganza!
Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, Matthew Lillard, Fred Ward,
Jason Gedrick, Gabriel Mann and Bruce Davison
Directed: Michael Tollin