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Catch and Release

Released

Latest Home Video

May 07, 2007

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

124

Cast

Jennifer Garner

Timothy Olyphant

Sam Jaeger

Kevin Smith

Studio

? Sony Pictures

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Overall D+
ViolenceA-
SexD+
LanguageD+
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time124

Making the Grades

All the flowers at the Douglas home should be for a wedding. Unfortunately it is a funeral the family is going through. Just before Grady Douglas and Gray Wheeler (Jennifer Garner) were to marry, the adventurous outdoorsman was killed in a sporting accident. Now instead of greeting nuptial guests, Grey endures mourners coming to pay their last respects.

The days and weeks after the interment bring even greater grief, however, as the bereaved bride discovers all kinds of new revelations about her spouse-to-be. It seems that even after a six-year relationship, there are still a few things she didn't know about the man she was going to marry. For instance, there's the secret bank account with large monthly withdrawals and a blonde, new age masseuse (Juliette Lewis) that suddenly shows up outside their door with a little boy (Joshua Friesen). There's also Fritz (Timothy Olyphant), Grady's playboy friend, who continues to hang around the house long after the memorial service is over.

Luckily, Gray doesn't have to go through the mourning or discoveries on her own. After moving in with her fiancé's former roommates, Dennis (Sam Jaeger) and Sam (Kevin Smith), she finds shoulders to cry on and listening ears. In fact, it appears every man in the movie is in love with Gray to one degree or another. Whenever she so much as tears up, they are there to serve, soothe or sex her. But rather than avoiding Grady's kind of indiscretions that caused her so much heartache, Gray heads down the same reckless path, jumping in bed with a relative stranger.

Sadly, it's not just Gray but also the film's script that is fixated on sex including discussions with several sexual slang terms and all kinds of encounters, from a brief but loud coupling in a bathroom to repeated midnight trysts depicted with plenty of shoulder and back nudity.

Another concern is alcohol consumption, which becomes a staple form of escape for several of the characters. One man, overcome with grief and guilt, mixes a lethal cocktail of liquor and sleeping pills in an apparent suicide attempt. However the serious consequences of the event are diminished by a few comedic quips and some slapstick violence. And therein lies the problem with the film. It neither sustains enough heartfelt conflict to be an earnest drama, nor does it maintain enough of a touching love story to be a classic romantic comedy.

Instead, like the fly fishermen in the film, Catch and Release simply plays with audiences---offering viewers a variety of new lures for the forlorn Gray. Yet when she finally does fall hook, line and sinker for one option, moviegoers may be left with the unsatisfying sense that the best bait got away.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Catch and Release.

Following the death of her soon-to-be husband, Gray has many people express their regrets. What things are appropriate to say? What are not? How can a person offer comfort to someone who is grieving?

The child in this film appears to have had a steady diet of video games and television. In what ways does he appear to have been affected by so much media influence? Do you think violent games and TV shows affect children? For more studies on media violence and children, check out the following sites:

http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/publications/rgcolumns/2007/0118.asp

http://www.mediafamily.org/facts/facts_vlent.shtml

What does this film say about faithfulness and honesty in relationships? How do you feel about Grey’s new love interest?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG sexually suggestive scene; coarse language.
AB PG Sexual Content. Not Recommended for Young Children.
MB PG Language May Offend. Sexual Content.Coarse Language, Mature Theme.-----
ON PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG Course language, Mature theme

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Catch and Release...

DVD Release Date: 8 May 2007

Catch & Release swims into the home video market on DVD and Blu-ray. If you reel in the DVD version, you’ll get the feature presentation plus audio commentaries with writer/director Susannah Grant and Kevin Smith, and Susannah Grant and cinematographer John Lindley. Net the Blu-ray edition and you’ll get all of the above as well as deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and the cast auditions of Kevin Smith, Juliette Lewis and Sam Jaeger.

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