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CATCH AND RELEASE - 2007

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Shannon OnstotCATCH AND RELEASE

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A great romantic comedy would have been so well received right now, but despite a huge PR campaign and some great big name actors, Catch and Release just sank in my mind.

Jennifer Garner plays Gray Adams, a woman whose fiancť has died just a short time before their wedding. At the funeral she meets Fritz, played by Timothy Olyphant, her fiancťís best friend and a superficial womanizer from L.A. In fact, Gray meets Fritz because while she is escaping from the funeral in a bathtub, Fritz uses the bathroom to have sex with one of the caterers.

For some reason, Fritz stays at his old friendís house and once Gray moves in, she finds out that her fiancť had been leading a double life for the past 6 years that they had been together. She finds out from Fritz that not only has he been sending $3,000 a month to a woman in L.A., but that woman is also the mother of his child, and he had been visiting her on a regular basis for three or four years.

Despite Grayís initial impressions of Fritz, she begins a secretive relationship with him that gets complicated when her fiancťís mistress (played by Juliette Lewis) shows up wondering why her monthly check hasnít arrived yet. This is where it gets confusing. First of all, Garnerís character barely ever grieves for her dead husband-to-be. Neither does his mistress. In fact, the only people that seem to be affected at all are the deceasedís two best friends, played by Kevin Smith and Sam Jaeger. Jaegerís character is the only person that shows any prolonged sadness for his lost friend, and Smithís character so far as to attempt killing himself because he feels so guilty. Garner, Lewis and Olyphantís characters each grieve briefly, but then theyíre more caught up in dealing with their new drama than worrying about the past at all.

The editing and storyline of the film were confusing overall. Iíve read that the ending was altered a little for theaters, but the ending isnít what confused me. Itís unclear whether Grayís fiancť died in a boating accident or a skiing accident. Also, Gray finds out that her future husband was actually a millionaire, so her search for how he received that money and where it was going is what set off a whole chain of events throughout the rest of the film. Thatís all fine, but at the end, everyone is left wondering where that money came from, and who it eventually ended up with.

Despite all its flaws and sad premise, Catch and Release still made me laugh a lot. Garner could have been left out of the movie completely for all I cared. She didnít add much in the way of charisma or dialogue. Kevin Smith and Juliette Lewis were the real standouts in this film though, and I thought they had a really great comedic chemistry together. Timothy Olyphant always does a great job of playing misogynist scumbags (see also: Go and The Girl Next Door), but in this film he convinced me that he could play a more heartwarming character too. He has a great energy, and he really carried Garnerís character (literally and figuratively) throughout the entire film.

The only reason I didnít give this film a lower rating was because of the setting. I honestly thought that filming this movie in Boulder Colorado made it more visually appealing, and more natural. Itís easy to relate to all of the characters, and itís easy to sympathize with them. There was some great comedic writing, a real snappy style that writer Susannah Grant first perfected in Erin Brockovich. Overall, it was a feel good romantic comedy, with some flaws and low points, but definitely worth a rent.

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