Variety - 08/27/2001
"...Prinze is credible....When it comes to funny business, Tollin's got game, and he makes the most of some talented supporting players sitting on his bench..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/24/2001
"...Prinze does well in what is surely the most complex character he has played on screen..."
Ryan Dunne (Freddie Prinze Jr.) pitches a mean fastball, which is why he's been chosen for the elite Cape Cod Baseball League. A college dropout, he dates a promiscuous local girl and works long hours for his hard-drinking father's landscaping business, tending the lawns of the rich "summer people." One of these lawns belongs to sleek, sexy uptown girl Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel). Sparks fly between the two, and without a second thought, Ryan trades in his trashy girlfriend for the Ivy League Tenley. Needless to say, her snobby, aristocratic father is horrified that his daughter is dating the lawn boy, and does everything he can to break up their romance.
The star-crossed lovers also face other challenges. Ryan dreams of becoming a major league player, and this summer he might get his big break because the Cape Cod League attracts pro baseball recruiters from around the country. But Ryan too often chokes up on the pitcher's mound--his mother's death and his father's drinking have left him with some pretty heavy baggage to carry. The sensitive and smart Tenley helps her handsome guy overcome his fears, on and off the field. As she tells Ryan, "If you want big rewards, you gotta take big risks."
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