A working class lad (Freddie Prinze Jr.) from Cape Cod
aspires to becoming a major league baseball player, but has to compete with college
athletes who descend on his town every summer, playing for free and hoping they'll be
discovered by major league scouts. Pulled this way by his blue-collar local friends, and
that way by his wealthy teammates, he's also distracted when he falls in love with a rich
girl (Jessica Biel) whose father objects to their dating. All is resolved on the baseball
diamond. Also with Matthew Lillard, Fred Ward, Jason Gedrick, Brittany Murphy, Gabriel
Mann, Bruce Davison, Brian Dennehy, Zena Grey, Corey Pearson, Wilmer Valderrama and
Beverly D'Angelo. [2:03]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young woman dances over a young man lying down; she holds a
beer bottle between her knees and as she wiggles the beer pours into the young man's mouth
(we see a similar scene a few more times). A young couple in a sleeping bag are covered to
the shoulders (presumably after having had sex) and we see part of her bra; they talk
about exchanging underwear and the young man is shown running around in her thong exposing
his buttocks. A young man waits in bed (under sheets but presumably nude) for a woman; we
see the woman in fishnet stockings, a lace bra and panties (when she jumps on him we see
she's wearing a thong and see her buttocks). A woman is in bed in a lace bustier and
stockings and she talks to a young man about what she can do for him (sexually) and she
grabs a cucumber suggestively (we see this again during the credits). A young man and
woman kiss passionately and lie back on a blanket while caressing each other. A young man
and woman strip to their underwear (he's in boxers and she's in panties and a T-shirt) and
jump in a pool. Two young men are seen in thong underwear, one from the front and one from
behind. A young man strips on a beach to go skinny dipping; we see his bare chest and then
his bare behind briefly. A young man remarks about other men's behinds (in a non-sexual
context). A young man and woman flirt a few times, they kiss romantically many times, and
kiss passionately a couple of times. A young woman in a bikini walks around a pool as a
young man admires her. Young women are dressed in tight-fitting clothing (tube tops, tank
tops, mini skirts, etc.) throughout the film which expose cleavage, thighs and midriffs.
We see a young man take off his shirt to change and he is bare-chested, we see a
bare-chested young man mowing a lawn, and we see a young man in his boxer shorts. A young
man and woman hug affectionately. There are several sexual references and some sexual
innuendo: an older woman propositions a young man several times, a young man remarks about
having had sex with an older woman, a young woman asks a young man for her underwear back.
There are a few crotch adjustments on the baseball field.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A building catches on fire with four people trapped inside
(they do escape uninjured). A bar fight breaks out and there's some shoving and verbal
threats. A ball player breaks a bat over his knee in anger. A batter gets hit in the back
with a wild pitch. A man threatens a young man's father with financial ruin. A ball player
jumps a fence to catch a ball and lands hard on the ground. Three young men (ball players)
spit on the ground (we assume they are chewing tobacco).
PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 profane hand gesture, 12 scatological terms, 7
anatomical terms, 9 sexual references, 13 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 5
religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Last chances, failure, pride, the death of a mother,
jealousy, self-destructive behavior, being a disappointment to your parents, friendship,
love, parental plans for their children, class distinctions.
MESSAGE - Allow yourself to be great; believe in yourself. Have pride in
what you do.
(Note: There are several references to and many crude jokes about overweight women.
The young men and women routinely drink alcohol, and one young man's father gets drunk