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Catch and Release (2006)

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A woman struggles to accept the death of her fiancé and the secrets he kept from her as she rebuilds her life.

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Susannah Grant

Writer:

Susannah Grant

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner ... Gray
Timothy Olyphant ... Fritz
Sam Jaeger ... Dennis
Kevin Smith ... Sam
Juliette Lewis ... Maureen
Joshua Friesen 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 Dan Parker ... Deadhead Singer
Nancy Hower Nancy Hower ... Deadhead Singer
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Storyline

After the sudden death of her fiancé, Gray Wheeler finds comfort in the company of his friends: lighthearted and comic Sam, hyper-responsible Dennis, and, oddly enough, his old childhood buddy Fritz, an irresponsible playboy whom she'd previously pegged as one of the least reliable people in the world. As secrets about her supposedly perfect fiancé emerge, Gray comes to see new sides of the man she thought she knew, and at the same time, finds herself drawn to the last man she ever expected to fall for. Written by Columbia Pictures

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Taglines:

Life is messy...love is messier.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch & Release See more »

Filming Locations:

Boulder, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,658,898, 28 January 2007

Gross USA:

$15,539,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,159,325
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Runtime:

(cable)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Lee was offered the part of Sam but turned it down to provide the voice of Syndrome in The Incredibles (2004). The role was subsequently offered to Kevin Smith. See more »

Goofs

A plate Sam is holding in his right hand momentarily disappears, then reappears, in the scene at the peace garden dedication when Dennis tells Sam he is planning to move out. See more »

Quotes

Gray: I never understood why he was friends with you. You don't even seem like you miss him.
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What If You
(2006)
Written and Performed by Joshua Radin
Courtesy of Coda Music
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Enjoyable romantic drama whose weighty central metaphor doesn't quite work
30 August 2007 | by MoristotelesSee all my reviews

The title of Susannah Grant's 2006 film refers to the practice of catching a fish for sport then releasing it (rather than frying, broiling, or sauteeing it). The central character Gray (played most fetchingly by Jennifer Garner) is coming to terms with the death of her fiancé and in the process learning a good deal more about him than she thought there was to know. Loosening up about two-thirds through the film "in the company of his friends: lighthearted and comic Sam, hyper-responsible Dennis, and, oddly enough, his old childhood buddy Fritz, an irresponsible playboy whom she'd previously pegged as one of the least reliable people in the world" (as IMDb puts it), she admits that though she never told her fiancé or his friends, she abhors their practice of catching and releasing fish for sport. "If you're going to put a poor fish through the agony of being caught, you ought to have the decency to eat it" (that's a paraphrase).

"Catch and release" seems intended as a symbol of the coming to terms with the loss not only on the part of Gray, but also on the part of the fiancé's friends and mother (played effectively by Fiona Shaw). All of them have significant adjustments to make. But the association of this mental and emotional process with the abhorrent act of torturing a fish doesn't seem to me to work. The psychic process emphasizes the person dealing with loss (the fisherman, as it were), while the sport seems to emphasize the poor fish (which suffers in the catching, while the fisherman invests no psychic effort whatsoever in releasing it).

Though the film invites viewers to reflect on the patience that a significant loss demands of us that we may release and let go, it doesn't really drive the point home. Like the fishing metaphor, the film seems to be more about the catching of the next fish (a new love interest).


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