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.