Catch and Release
Kevin Smith preparing for his foray into prop comedy on tour with Carrot Top.

Theatrical Release Date: 01/26/2007
Director: Susannah Grant
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Smith, Sam Jaeger, Juliette Lewis

I had eyed “Catch and Release” with both hope and skepticism when it came out in theaters and just didn’t find the time to get to it.

Now that it’s on DVD, trying to fit it into a viewing rotation was much easier and I think I’m going to give one of the most uncorrelated reviews I’ve written to this point.

What I mean is that I connected with this film for some reason. I was able to fall into the world writer/director Susannah Grant created with the help of her cast.

Jennifer Garner is always sweet though this is far from her best, Kevin Smith is fun and likeable, I didn’t mind Juliette “The Other Sister” Lewis because of her offbeat character and I almost always like Timothy Olyphant.

With that said, this film really isn’t all that good.

At the beginning of the film, we find out that Garner’s fiancé has died and the funeral services are taking place on what would have been their wedding day.

Sad to be sure, but we aren’t given the chance to appreciate their relationship so there’s only so much empathy an audience can feel at this point.

Then, as she’s reeling from the loss, she finds out her fiancé might have had a kid with another woman while they were dating. Whoops.

Add to that a romantic journey with one of her fiancé’s best friends (Olyphant) post funeral and another of his friend’s unrequited love for her and you’ve got one overly complicated plot.

It was as if Grant tried to make a grand, sweeping ensemble piece but couldn’t quite figure out how to develop them.

My own mind filled in the gaps and that’s what allowed me to become invested in their lives but I think the general movie lover would just find it frustrating and/or boring, as Elizabeth Edgemont did.

Unless you’re a big fan of either Garner or Olyphant, I can’t recommend this film. I’m casting a 2 out of 5 for “Catch and Release” and while I might personally stop and re-watch this if it appears on one of my many movie channels, take into account that even I don’t have plans to own this film.

That should say something … though sometimes I’m not even sure what it means since I own not only “Doctor Zhivago” and “Schindler’s List” but “Biker Boyz” and all six “Leprechaun” films.

It’s like I’m a film buyer who gets drunk on the job and ends up with a lot of items that might be harder to purchase if I had all of my faculties … though even sober I love the “Leprechaun” films. Who wouldn’t?