Teenage date pic? Underdog movie? Prinze Jr. takes-off-shirt film?
At the Aug. 22 Village Theater preem of Warners’ “Summer Catch,” attempts to categorize the film ranged from guests saying it’s “a teenage date movie” and “an underdog movie” to “It’s a movie about Freddie Prinze Jr. taking his shirt off.”
Director-producer Mike Tollin said the pic (which was at one time set up at Fox with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) “is a nontraditional sports movie, a really rich soup that balances romance, coming-of-age, drama, comedy, action. It’s a an old-fashioned feel-good movie that’s clearly focused on a younger demographic.”
Tollin said his first cut was almost three hours long (“The indulgence of a director — I wanted more”) and was eventually whittled to an hour and 37 minutes. “You leave an hour and 10 minutes on the floor and you could regret it, but I think it’s what makes the movie work.”
Among those joining Tollin at the Westwood Brewing Co. after-party were Warner Bros. execs Alan Horn, Barry Meyer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Marissa O’Neil and Brad Ball; producer Brian Robbins; stars Prinze, Jessica Biel, Jason Gedrick, Marc Blucas and Matthew Lillard; and guests Karl Austen, Joel and Karyn Silver, Jeremy Zimmer and Josh Liberman.