When going to see a movie like "Catch and Release," you expect to feel sad and maybe cry a little. But for "Catch and Release," this is not the case.
Jennifer Garner stars as Gray Wheeler, a woman mourning the death of her fiance, Grady. She moves in with three of his friends: Sam (Kevin Smith), Dennis (Sam Jaeger), and Fritz (Timothy Olyphant). With their help, she discovers several secrets Grady was keeping from her, including money and a woman in Los Angeles.
While the movie is about loss, you feel that Gray has gained more than she has lost. While dealing with the death of her fiance, Gray discovers herself and who she really is. She faces many surprises and even finds a new and unexpected love interest.
What you really don't expect from this movie is comedy. Half of the movie is filled with funny scenes. Smith has the film's funniest lines. He is very entertaining and makes the film worth seeing.
Garner delivers a very convincing performance as Gray. Garner is a wonderful actress and portrays her character authentically. She shows a considerable amount of emotion that is very believable.
The character of Fritz seemed to be half-written. In the beginning, Fritz is shown to be a shallow guy who didn't really care that his friend had died. By the end, he has undergone a transformation and become a decent guy. The thing is, you don't see the transformation.
"Catch and Release" may seem like your typical tear-jerker, but it isn't. It tugs at your heartstrings a little, but it is surprisingly, a humorous and entertaining movie. Some scenes are a bit awkward though, and seem not to have been thought through fully, mostly the love scenes. They were unexpected and a little bit random. Overall, "Catch and Release" is fun to watch.
Maria Materise is a sophomore at Clarence.
>Catch and Release
Review: Three stars (out of four)