Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Catch and Release |
Actors: Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Smith, Sam Jaeger, Fiona Shaw
Director: Susannah Grant
Gray Wheeler just lost everything. But it could be the best thing that ever happened to her. After the death of her fiancÚ, Gray (Jennifer Garner) moves in with her late love?s best friends. While Sam (Kevin Smith) and Den... more »
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Tracy Vest | Northern California | 01/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gray (Jennifer Garner) thought that she and her fiance Grady would be getting married this weekend, but instead she's attending his funeral. Already destroyed at the loss of what could have been, she's devastated to learn that Grady had a secret life that he kept from her including a million dollar estate and a toddler love child. When the mother of said child comes looking for Grady, she must confront the past in order to have a future. Juliette Lewis gives her all as the slightly trampy quasi-Earth mother.
As Gray comes to terms with his betrayal, she turns to his roommates for solace and a place to stay since she can no longer afford the house they were renting. Through this quasi-extended family, she discovers the Grady she never knew, as well as the Gray that she is now becoming, and finds herself getting closer to his lothario friend Fritz (Timothy Olyphant), as friends Sam and Dennis also experience difficulty dealing with the loss of their friend.
Writer/director Susannah Grant, best known as the scribe behind "Erin Brokovich" and "In Her Shoes," has created a poignant story of love, loss, and forgiveness. Kevin Smith shows a serious side as well as provides comic relief as Sam, the inspirational comment writer (okay, typist) for "Constant Comment Teas." Veteran British actress Fiona Shaw, hysterical as the horny headmistress of the tony boarding school in "Three Men and a Little Lady," dons an American accent and gives a heartwarming performance of a mother who just wants her son back. And Juliette Lewis is a bit chiched in the role of flighty masseuse Maureen, who apparently doesn't own a pair of flat shoes.
Though some might find the romance between Gray and Fritz develop a little too quickly, I thought it was handled tastefully given the love-hate relationship between them and how thin the line between the two can be (though the ending was a bit rushed). Missing from the film was Grady himself - a couple flashbacks with him would have added depth to the relationship between Gray and Grady and given us a chance to find out what made him such a touchstone for the five lead characters.
The disc's special features are minimal - just lots of movie trailers and commentary - nothing to write home about."
Surprise, grief can be funny & Kevin Smith can ACT!
Robert Barnwell | Johnson City, Tennessee | 02/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, most of the time a film tries to be part comedy, part drama and part buddy picture, what it ends up being is a total wreck! Catch and Release beats the odds by being all the above while avoiding total wreck status. It's that rarest of things, a film that reveals you don't have to be married or be blood to grieve for somone you love and how many emotions grieving can reveal... including humor.
There is that chick-flick quality that will have guys begging off, but fortunately for me Kevin Smith acting in a film he didn't direct was enough to convince me to go. The man can actually act, and not just in his own films. Unlike other films where a nonactor tries to step up, Kevin Smith was not a blank space on the screen. He held his own and then some. There's even a certain degree of self parody of his profound-statement-delivering Silent Bob charater.
Moving on from Kevin, everyone else also did an excellent job. Jennifer Garner (Alias), Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood), Julliette Lewis, Sam Jaeger, Fiona Shaw and everyone else turned in strong performances as people trying to come to terms with the grief of losing a best friend, a fiancee, a provider and a son.
I found myself laughing at the horrible yet comic realism.
From what I understand this is Susannah Grants major motion picture directorial debut, but it didn't feel like it. Already an extremely well proven screen writer, this may be Susannah's first movie directing job, but with this many laughs and this much emotion, I know it won't be her last."
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Summeroz | sacramento, california | 02/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am not sure what Catch and Release is trying to be - A chick flick, a romantic comedy, romance or a drama. I have to say that it doesn't actually do any of those categories justice at all.
What it is about: Gray (Jennifer Garner) has just lost her fiancé to some sort of accident days before their wedding. She has no money so she moves in with her fiancés 2 best friends Sam (Kevin smith) and Dennis (Sam Jaeger). One of her fiancés childhood friends from LA Fritz (Timothy Olyphant) arrives for the funeral and also moves in staying for some indefinite amount of time. Days following the funeral Gray learns that her fiancé has a child and that he had been cheating on her. This leads Gray into a new romance with Fritz.
What is good about it:
I have to admit that there were a number of times I was about to cry during this movie. When Gray learns about her fiancés betrayal, when she learns about the depth of his betrayal, and when her almost mother-in-law makes some incredibly tacky moves --- I have to say Jennifer Garner does the wounded look quiet well. The pain she feels is real and I think it translates well to the audience.
Kevin Smith was also very funny in the film. I think he acted like himself but it was still a good performance. His screen time was basically the comic relief of the film.
Julliete Lewis also does a superb job as the quirky massage therapist Chinese method studying grass eating Californian.
What is bad about it:
It just didn't feel right. The way Gray moves on to Fritz and so soon...I just wasn't feeling it. I thought they were good together and I can see how she would be attracted to him but right away? It doesn't make sense. Also there was a lot of cavalier treatment about grief and depression which was blown off by the characters in this movie. And where are Gray's friends? Are her only friends her fiancés friends? There was just a lot of holes in the movie that distracted me from enjoying the film.
If you are looking for a romantic comedy this really isn't the movie for you -- it is more sad then funny. Despite the fact that this movie doesn't fit any category the acting is great and the story is compelling. However the holes in the movie are very distracting and take away from the film. If you can just let it go you will enjoy the movie a lot. If you don't think you can let that go you might want to wait for the DVD before seeing this movie."
I liked it
Bridget Sage | Albany,NY | 09/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The premise of this movie seems quite depressing but Jennifer Garner lightens it up with her beautiful smile and comededic acting. She meshes well with her male costars and she fits great into the "one of the guys" role. I always liked her in a romantic comedy aspect liken to "13 going on 30" so this was right up my alley. Well worth renting"