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Catch and Release -- For a grieving fiancée, learning to love again requires the help of her late love's three best friends.
Catch and Release -- A woman struggles to accept the death of her fianc� and the secrets he kept from her as she rebuilds her life.
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Catch and Release -- Behind The Scenes: Jennifer Garner Driving
Catch and Release -- Interview: Jennifer Garner On Fritz


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Garner ... Gray

Timothy Olyphant ... Fritz

Sam Jaeger ... Dennis

Kevin Smith ... Sam

Juliette Lewis ... Maureen
Joshua Friesen ... Mattie

Fiona Shaw ... Mrs. Douglas

Tina Lifford ... Eve

Georgia Craig ... Persephone

Christopher Redman ... Flower Delivery Guy

Joyce Krenz ... Housekeeper

Sonja Bennett ... Caterer

Yorgo Constantine ... Co-Worker
Dan Parker ... Deadhead Singer
Nancy Hower ... Deadhead Singer

Jennifer Spence ... Comforting Friend

Kyla Wise ... Comforting Friend (as Kyla Anderson)
Leanna Nash ... Comforting Friend
Wendy Noel ... Comforting Friend
Leslie McMichael ... Jogstroller (as Leslie McMichaels)

Michael Adamthwaite ... Cowboy
John B. Destry ... Paint Salesman

Nancy Wetzel ... Cyclist
Dillard Brinson ... Michael Soltman
Sacha Levin ... Drummer
Terence Kelly ... Mr. Wheeler

Gabrielle Rose ... Mrs. Wheeler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darren Daurie ... Ambulance Attendent (uncredited)
Marcus Hondro ... Principal (uncredited)

Directed by
Susannah Grant 
Writing credits
Susannah Grant (written by)

Produced by
Casey Grant .... executive producer (as B. Casey Grant)
Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
Josh Siegel .... associate producer (as Joshua Siegel)
Lynwood Spinks .... executive producer
Jenno Topping .... producer
Original Music by
Tommy Stinson 
Cinematography by
John Lindley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jennifer L. Smith  (as Jennifer Smith)
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Brent Thomas 
Art Direction by
Shannon Grover 
Set Decoration by
Lesley Beale 
Brian Kane (uncredited)
Josh Skye (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Tish Monaghan 
Makeup Department
Deborah La Mia Denaver .... makeup artist: Ms. Garner (as Deborah LaMia Denaver)
Michael Reitz .... hair stylist: Ms. Garner
Forest Sala .... key hair stylist
Janet Sala .... assistant hair stylist (as Janet A. Sala)
Margaret Solomon .... assistant makeup artist
Angela Wood .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Greg Babcock .... unit production manager: Colorado
Yvonne Melville .... unit production manager
Yvonne Yaconelli .... production supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shelley Kreutz .... dgc trainee
Karen Margolese .... second assistant director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director: Colorado
Lori K. Peterson .... third assistant director
David Sardi .... first assistant director
Christian Clarke .... second second assistant director: Colorado (uncredited)
Angie Nolan .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tara Arnett .... graphics
Derek Bobroff .... standby painter
Steve Craine .... paint coordinator
Jim Easton .... illustrator
Haida Harper .... assistant props
Erich Hepnar .... head greens
Bryan Korenberg .... property master
Derick McLeod .... construction coordinator
Bryan Pederson .... construction foreman
Macleod Sinclaire .... on-set dresser
David Tait .... standby carpenter
Andy Thornton .... construction foreman
Faye Thorp .... assistant set decorator
Ann Marie Auricchio .... painter (uncredited)
Robin Bartlett-Asnicar .... assistant props (uncredited)
Peter Christian Combe .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Laurie Edmundson .... lead set dresser (uncredited)
Laura Evans .... set decorations buyer: additional photography (uncredited)
Andrew Glavina .... signwriter (uncredited)
Paul Jenkinson .... lead set dresser (uncredited)
Savanna Johnson .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
John B. Keys .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Dylan Kiszlowski .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ray Lai .... graphic artist: backdrops (uncredited)
Andrew Li .... set designer (uncredited)
Peter Lieshout .... painter (uncredited)
Audra Neil .... set buyer (uncredited)
Dan Petrescu .... lead painter (uncredited)
Chris Rae .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Jim Ramsay .... set designer (uncredited)
Guy Roland .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ben Rusi .... leadman (uncredited)
David Schulte .... construction foreman: Colorado (uncredited)
Andrew Thompson .... greensman (uncredited)
Sean Will .... lead painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Arnold .... dialogue editor
Michael J. Benavente .... supervising sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... supervising sound mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Sarah Bourgeois .... assistant sound editor
Teri E. Dorman .... dialogue editor
Anthony J. Giacinti .... boom operator (as Tony Giacinti)
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Todd Harris .... assistant sound editor (as Todd M. Harris)
Suhail Kafity .... sound effects editor (as Suhail F. Kafity)
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist (as Pamela Nedd Kahn)
Howard London .... adr mixer
David McGuire .... assistant sound editor
Howard Neiman .... foley supervisor
Greg Orloff .... supervising sound mixer
Mark Pappas .... foley editor
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Larry Sutton .... sound mixer
Greg ten Bosch .... sound effects editor
Christopher Cleator .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Thomas Giordano .... boom operator: re-shoots, Los Angeles (uncredited)
Carmen Lavender .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William H. Orr .... special effects coordinator
John Wilkinson .... special effects technician (as John A. Wilkinson)
Teresa Wilkinson .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Scott Gregory .... digital colorist
Gregory L. McMurry .... visual effects supervisor
Andrew Cochrane .... motion tracking (uncredited)
Don Lee .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Playground Inc. (uncredited)
Kim Lee .... visual effects producer: Pixel Playground (uncredited)
Rob Menapace .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Mark Robben .... digital compositor: Pixel Playground (uncredited)
John Scheer .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Everette Webber .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Trevor Addie .... stunts
Shauna Duggins .... stunts
Kylie Furneaux .... stunts
Chris Sayour .... stunts
Marshall Virtue .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Brady .... assistant chief lighting technician
Dillard Brinson .... key grip
Henry Cline .... camera operator
Douglas Curran .... still photographer
Drew Davidson .... chief lighting technician (as Andrew Davidson)
Shane Dobie .... assistant chief lighting technician
David Emmerichs .... camera operator: "b" camera, Colorado
David Emmerichs .... steadicam: Colorado
Gil Forrester .... dolly grip
Ian R.C. Levine .... camera loader (as Ian Levine)
David Lourie .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Masino .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Colorado
Kevin McCloy .... key rigging grip
Rob Parisien .... video assist
Rick Stadder .... second grip
Stewart Whelan .... first assistant camera (as Stewart A. Whelan)
Keith Woods .... rigging gaffer (as Keith S. Woods)
Harry Zimmerman .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Colorado
Keith Banks .... electrician (uncredited)
Spencer Blessman .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Deiters .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Kelly Diehl .... libra head technician (uncredited)
Sacha Fassaert .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Nelson Goforth .... electrician (uncredited)
David Goyer .... generator operator (uncredited)
Andy Guichon .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
James S. Harvey .... rigging electric (uncredited)
Karl Herrmann .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Patrick Hogue .... film loader (uncredited)
Junichi Hosoi .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Timo Juonolainen .... grip (uncredited)
Lawrence Karman .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Steve Koster .... camera operator: Spacecam (uncredited)
Vince Laxton .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Todd Martin .... lighting board operator (uncredited)
Christopher Prampin .... chief lighting technician: additional photography (uncredited)
Miles Schick .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Ken Seagren .... rigging gaffer: Boulder, Colorado (uncredited)
Matthew Tichenor .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Steve Van Ness .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael Wieben .... grip (uncredited)
Scott Zuchowski .... electric: Colorado (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susan Taylor Brouse .... casting: Canada (as Susan Brouse)
Andrea Brown .... extras casting
Lynne Carrow .... casting: Canada
Nina Gold .... casting: U.K.
Larkin MacKenzie-Ast .... casting assistant: Canada
Jennifer Ricchiazzi .... casting assistant
Ambika Leigh .... extras casting associate: Second Unit (uncredited)
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elaine Arsens .... costumer
Maria Bradley .... costumer: Ms. Garner
Karin Nosella .... assistant costume designer
Katie Saunders .... key costumer: Colorado (as Kathleen Saunders)
Sandra Watson .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Grossman .... costumer (uncredited)
Lily Yuen .... key breakdown artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bradford L. Dean .... assistant editor (as Brad Dean)
Scott Gregory .... digital film colorist
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Robb Porter .... post-production assistant: Modern VideoFilm
Alain J. Romi .... first assistant editor
Zahida Bacchus .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Marisa Clayton .... post-production coordinator: Modern VideoFilm (uncredited)
Jason Fabbro .... video colorist (uncredited)
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Luis R. Quintero .... editorial production assistant (uncredited)
Tyler Ruocco .... editorial production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael DiMattia .... composer: additional music
Jennifer Nash .... music editor
Brian Trifon .... composer: additional music
Mario A. Vitale .... assistant music editor (as Mario Vitale)
Michael Friedman .... music consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Andrew O'Bray .... transportation co-captain
Rob Vreugde .... transportation captain
Dan Brizendine .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Carla Klein .... driver (uncredited)
Gracie Klein .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Dave Miller .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Don Poole .... transportation coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Tana Tocher .... production driver (uncredited)
Blake Zickefoose .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Doreen Beaulac .... assistant accountant
Thomas Bianco .... production accountant
Maya Birkel .... production assistant
Lisa Chalmers .... craft service
Lisa Chalmers .... first aid
Stephen Chan .... production assistant
Jason Collier .... assistant location manager
Hans Dayal .... assistant location manager
Jitka Dermiskova .... production assistant
Jason Gaffney .... production assistant
Juliana Janes .... assistant: Ms. Garner
Anne Johns .... production office coordinator: Colorado
Breanne Larrett .... assistant production coordinator
Grant Lutz .... production assistant
Daryl Makortoff .... production assistant
Barbara Mercer .... assistant accountant
Paul Motschall .... assistant: Ms. S. Grant
Rino Pace .... location manager
Karen Pelrine .... assistant production coordinator
Luis R. Quintero .... production assistant
Linda Rea .... assistant: Ms. C. Grant
Robyn Shwer .... assistant: Ms. Topping
Deborah Simmrin .... unit publicist
Adrienne Sol .... production coordinator
Rhonda Taylor .... assistant: Ms. S. Grant
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Greg Babcock .... location manager (uncredited)
Seth Brandon .... set production assistant (uncredited)
John Charles .... software manager: Sony DAC (uncredited)
Terence Chase .... security (uncredited)
Luke Cheney .... production assistant (uncredited)
Heather Cohen .... assistant production coordinator: reshoots (uncredited)
Katie Duke .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Finnan .... trainee assistant location manager (uncredited)
Karin Fong .... title designer (uncredited)
Gil Forrester .... dolly pusher (uncredited)
Lily Garcia .... set production assistant: re-shoot (uncredited)
Evan Godfrey .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jina Johnson .... prep assistant location manager (uncredited)
Jennifer Mancuso .... production secretary: Boulder, CO (uncredited)
Robert Milicevic .... security (uncredited)
Jessica Picune .... office production assistant (uncredited)
A. Rochell Smith .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Upshur .... production assistant (uncredited)
John N. Ward .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Kody Zimmermann .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Catch & Release" - Canada (English title) (DVD box title)
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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some drug use
USA:124 min | Argentina:124 min | USA:112 min (cable version: Encore channel)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Germany:0 | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:AL | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #41473)
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Grady (as featured in photographs) is played by Chris Henrikson, the husband of director Susannah Grant.See more »
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Sam:Look at you, rockin' the Foreman at 3 in the morning.See more »
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89 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Plot-wise unsurprising, but buoyed by Garner's charm, 27 December 2006
Author: anhedonia from Planet Earth

I saw "Catch and Release" a couple of months ago, the first screening, writer-director Susannah Grant said, of the final cut. It was a very friendly audience, but watching the movie, I couldn't help but feel Grant could have and should have done better.

The film opens promisingly, teasing us and playing with our expectations as we first see Gray (Jennifer Garner) and the circumstances she finds herself in. However, Grant never quite builds on that initial promise and soon "Catch and Release" meanders into traditional romantic comedy territory, complete with the obligatory playful and lovable sidekick - in this case, Sam (Kevin Smith) - and the friend harboring a romantic secret of his own, Dennis (Sam Jaeger).

The crux of the story is Gray's realization that her life is being turned upside down because of what she finds out about a loved one. And - I'm giving away no secrets here, because it is, after all, a romantic comedy - the blossoming romance between her and Fritz (Timothy Olyphant), who at first is seemingly wrong for her. But wanna guess if that will change?

The star of the film is undoubtedly Garner. Just as she did in "13 Going on 30" (2004), she again takes what should be a pedestrian film and boosts it considerably with her undeniable charm. She has a smile that melts the hardest heart and although "Catch and Release" can never shake its conventions, whenever the film entertains, it's mostly because of Garner. She imbues Gray with a vulnerability that's utterly convincing.

Smartly, Grant also gives Smith - essentially playing himself with cleaner language - the film's funniest lines. They're not anything novel, but it's typical Kevin Smith. She also tags on a romantic interest for Sam. It's no surprise, because Grant cannot break the shackles of the genre for something original. You can see the pairing long before it actually happens on screen.

Juliette Lewis seems an oddity in this film. I've not seen her in a film for years and her character tends to grate a bit. Lewis is a good actress, but she seems to get typecast in these off-kilter roles and there's an unmistakable sense we've seen this performance from her before.

Olyphant plays sleazy well - just watch him in the otherwise-forgettable "The Girl Next Door" (2004). In "Catch and Release," his caddish boor actually is a facade. Turns out, this chap's actually a nice guy. He has to be. After all, he has Gray to win over and Grant's doing this by-the-numbers.

And therein lies the film's problem. Despite Grant's admirable attempt to spin the romantic comedy's meet-cute moment, it's hard to believe Gray would fall for a chap who, for the lack of a better phrase, finds carnal comfort at the most unlikely occasions.

Of course, "Catch and Release" has a certain sweetness about it. How can it not when Garner's so adorable. It's polished, looks good; a cut above, say, the odd independent romcoms that tackle the trials and tribulations, the angst and adoration among a group of good friends. But it offers nothing new and relies on a few too many "movie" moments to elicit laughs. Some of those moments are funny, but you get the impression they're not exactly rooted in any realm of reality. Yet, Grant seems to want to lend her story a sense of reality, one that deals with love, loss and forgiveness.

Grant said when she recut her film, she was forced to excise some of Fritz's back story. It doesn't seem warranted, but there seems to be something missing from Fritz. We know the story's moving to get Gray and Fritz together - this is a freakin' Hollywood studio-produced romantic comedy, after all - but it all seems too orchestrated from the beginning.

Is it too much to ask a Hollywood romantic-comedy writer to be even slightly daring? Hollywood-produced romantic comedies, by their very nature, are predictable. You know going in the girl and the guy will wind up together, so it's the journey that is supposed to thrill us. Maybe even surprise us. Grant, however, chooses the safest, and therefore, least surprising, path. She hits all the points a screen writing guru without an ounce of originality would demand be seen in a romcom script. The only novelty here is that Grant got some attractive, appealing and talented actors for her directorial debut. It is they who keep this extremely conventional story from turning unbearable. Though, even Garner's considerable cuteness cannot salvage the film's ending.

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