Catch and Release

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  • Summary: After the sudden death of her fiancé, Gray Wheeler (Garner) finds comfort in the company of his friends: lighthearted comic Sam (Smith), hyper-responsible Dennis (Jaeger) and, oddly enough, his old childhood buddy Fritz (Olyphant), an irresponsible playboy whom she'd previously pegged as oneAfter the sudden death of her fiancé, Gray Wheeler (Garner) finds comfort in the company of his friends: lighthearted comic Sam (Smith), hyper-responsible Dennis (Jaeger) and, oddly enough, his old childhood buddy Fritz (Olyphant), an irresponsible playboy whom she'd previously pegged as one of the lease reliable people in the world. (Columbia Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Rough around the edges, but once you get used to the laconic pace, the plot grooves along nicely.
  2. Although I find the term "chick flick" odious, I imagine that Columbia Pictures regards Catch and Release as exactly that, although there are signs that Ms. Grant was reaching for something more layered and subtle than the usual fairy-tale formula
  3. 50
    So superficial and formulaic that even Garner's mega-watt grin can't completely save it.
  4. 50
    Because so little of it works, the film is disposable.
  5. An unfunny, undramatic comedy-drama that asks us to care about lying idiots making implausible choices.
  6. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    40
    The film suffers from a style that settles for pleasant or touching at the cost of spontaneous or impassioned. Too bad, because Ms. Garner is a genuinely pleasing presence.
  7. 12
    The chick comedy-drama Catch and Release may look bland, but it's not. It's worse. To rise to the level of blandness, it would need to have a few gallons of Tabasco dumped into it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. KristyW.
    Jan 28, 2007
    8
    I really liked this move. The characters made choices that weren't always neat and typical "movie" choices, but the type of choices I really liked this move. The characters made choices that weren't always neat and typical "movie" choices, but the type of choices people really make. Kevin Smith was really funny and Jennifer Garner and Timothy Olyphant had great chemistry. I really don't know why others didn't enjoy this movie. Expand
  2. Ryan
    Jan 28, 2007
    7
    I'm not sure what people are expecting from this movie. A sweet movie, that I didn't have to think about. And Kevin Smith was I'm not sure what people are expecting from this movie. A sweet movie, that I didn't have to think about. And Kevin Smith was frakking hilarious! Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jan 28, 2007
    6
    Cute movie... good for a date.
  4. JenniferB.
    Feb 1, 2007
    4
    Kevin Smith has REALLY let himself go. He's gone past the "fat Elvis" stage and will soon be up there with Brando around the time he did Kevin Smith has REALLY let himself go. He's gone past the "fat Elvis" stage and will soon be up there with Brando around the time he did Don Juan. I felt bad for him throughout the entire movie and couldn't concentrate on the plot. Expand
  5. Mike
    Jan 28, 2007
    2
    [***SPOILER***] I did not connect with the characters. There was very little humor and the wrong guy got the girl. Unfortunately, in this case[***SPOILER***] I did not connect with the characters. There was very little humor and the wrong guy got the girl. Unfortunately, in this case the nice guy finished last. Expand
  6. ReidF.
    Jan 27, 2007
    1
    This movie never rises above mediocrity. In fact, that would be something to strive toward. If you like uninteresting characters doing stupid This movie never rises above mediocrity. In fact, that would be something to strive toward. If you like uninteresting characters doing stupid things, strung together by boring acoustic guitar solos, this movie is for you. Expand
  7. RickK.
    Jan 27, 2007
    0
    I will never forget this movie -- because of how BAD it was. I was just shaking my head walking out of the theatre saying, "How does stuff I will never forget this movie -- because of how BAD it was. I was just shaking my head walking out of the theatre saying, "How does stuff like this ever make it to film?" Expand

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