Catch and Release
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Gray Wheeler just lost everything. But it could be the best thing that ever happened to her. After the death of her fiancé, Gray (Jennifer Garner) moves in with her late love's best friends. While Sam (Kevin Smith) and Dennis (Sam Jaeger) do their best to cheer Gray up, Fritz (Timothy Olyphant) doesn't seem to care. Once Gray breaks through Fritz's defenses, however, she finally sees why her fiancé thought so highly of him. As they spend more time together, Gray learns that her chances for love have not died out with her fiancé. But when some surprise guests show up on their doorstep, it'll take the love of all of her new friends to help Gray learn that life may be messy, but love is messier.
Jennifer Garner's lips grow more Angelina-esque every year. In the romantic comedy Catch and Release, Garner (Alias, 13 Going On 30) plays Gray Wheeler, a young woman whose fiance dies unexpectedly before the wedding, leaving Gray unable to afford her home--so she moves in with her fiance's best friends, Sam (Kevin Smith, director of Clerks and Dogma) and Dennis (Sam Jaeger, Lucky Number Slevin). But the presence of another old friend named Fritz (Timothy Olyphant, Deadwood) leads to the unveiling of a secret: Gray's fiance had a child with another woman. Catch and Release lacks the clear story structure that most romantic comedies are built on, but trades it for a richer sense of the ambiguities of human relationships. Garner, though lovely and personable, is a bit bland--fortunately, she's surrounded by actors with all kinds of edges, including Smith (who shows an unexpected and uncloying earnest side), Fiona Shaw (from the Harry Potter movies) as the fiance's grieving mother, and Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), who demonstrates once again her powers as a fearless and surprising actress. Catch and Release is an uneven movie, with a remarkably elegant visual style that sometimes clashes with the workmanlike dialogue, but it can't be written off as the same old Hollywood claptrap. Though a happy ending is inevitable, the path it takes has some surprising turns and flashes of unexpected emotional depth.-- Bret Fetzer
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The way the deceased's fiancee, Gray (Jennifer Garner), and his LA party buddy Fritz (Olyphant) meet in the beginning of the film shows the two to be about as polar opposite as two people can be. Then, you have the deceased's business partner, Dennis (Sam Jaeger), falling for Garner's character at such an inappropriate time. Fionna Shaw is excellent casting as the grief stricken mother. The comedy standouts have to be the deceased's good friend, Sam (Kevin Smith is surprisingly excellent) and Maureen (played by the incomparable Juliette Lewis who is a jewel in everything she touches).
Garner and Olyphant have serious chemistry going on that translates over the screen. Garner is able to demonstrate a full range of emotions as she progresses through the stages of grief, while Olyphant is the cool, handsome, seemingly superficial Fritz who hits all the right notes opposite Garner's evolving character. There is a kiss between these two that is one of the hottest I've ever seen in the movies.
This film is a road picture, a jaunt. It's mindless and heartwarming fun, against a heavy backdrop. Not to be taken too seriously. Have you ever seen David Duchovny and Minnie Driver in 'Return to Me?' A Chick Flick, Rom-Com against the serious subject of a heart transplant? These two films are similar in that way and tone; however, 'Catch and Release' has a younger ensemble cast and is set in a different city. And I found the chemistry between Garner and Olyphant to be more combustable than I did between Duchovny and Driver.
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