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Catch and Release

Score: 81%
Rating: PG-13
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home

Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 112 Mins.
Genre: Romance/Comedy/Drama
Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital),
           French (Dolby
Subtitles: English,


  • Commentary by Writer/Director Susannah Grant and Kevin Smith
  • Commentary by Writer/Director Susannah Grant and Cinematographer John Lindley

Gray Wheeler (Jennifer Garner) has the perfect life, the perfect fiancee, the perfect upcoming wedding. Then it all comes crashing down when her fiancee is killed in an accident during his bachelor party trip and what should have been her wedding day becomes his funeral.

Catch and Release tells the story of how what seems like a picture-book love can be far lesse than it appears. After Gray's fiancee dies, she is forced to move from the lovely house they had rented into the house he shared with his best friends. Since they were not yet married, she was not privy to his financial affairs and strange transactions start popping up. It seems her love was quite wealthy and was routing several thousand dollars to someone's account in California and had been for several years. As hidden parts of his life start to unfold, best friends Sam (Kevin Smith) and Dennis (Sam Jaeger) do their best to protect Gray, while free-spirited Fritz (Timothy Olyphant) begins to romance her.

Gray soon realizes that she truly never knew the man she was to spend the rest of her life with and that he had not only another lover in Los Angeles, but also a young son! Soon, Maureen (Juliette Lewis) and young Mattie come to Oregon to find out what happened and Gray must now deal with their appearance. Gray soon learns that while she never truly knew her fiancee, he was a good-hearted man. His friends become even closer friends with her and she discovers love again with unlikely Fritz.

This movie was a somewhat cute romatic comedy, but it just never really seemed to get off the ground. The acting was well done, but it was just kind of dull. The movies' best moments come from funny man Kevin Smith, who steals the show. He plays a loveable ass who works at Celestial Seasonings Teas finding quotes for the boxes. Juliette Lewis is always great when she does what she does best - plays the ditzy blonde - and she does this well here as Maureen the massage therapist from L.A. Of course, Garner charms with her infectious smile and sweet ways.

Special Features are sparse and are limited to two commentaries with Writer/Director Susannah Grant and Kevin Smith and Grant and Cinematographer John Lindley. This movie would be a decent rental, but I can't see watching it a second time, so it isn't one I would purchase.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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