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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.


Susannah Grant


Susannah Grant
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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Life is messy...love is messier.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch & Release See more »

Filming Locations:

Boulder, Colorado, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,658,898, 28 January 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,269,668, 18 February 2007
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


During the bathroom sex scene, the position of the curtain continuously changes. See more »


[last lines]
Fritz: What took you so long?
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Referenced in Suburgatory: Catch and Release (2014) See more »


Soul Meets Body
Written by Benjamin Gibbard
Performed by Death Cab for Cutie
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Be the Tea, Mr. Yummy
9 February 2007 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. There are a few great writers. There are a few great directors. There are very few great writer/directors. Susannah Grant has been known for her strong writing of "In Her Shoes" and "Erin Brokovich". Here her first real attempt at directing is not helped by her less than inspired script.

Never really sure if it aspires to be a statement on loss and human weakness or an awkwardly tender humorous love story, the film rambles along as if every day of production was unrelated to the those previous. Jennifer Garner (fresh off birthing a real life baby) is actually at her best in the opening scenes as she grieves over the loss of her fiancé. She doesn't fare quite so well in subsequent love scenes. Timothy Olyphant ("Deadwood") spends most of the film posing and grinning (with extraordinarily white teeth) at Garner. Kevin Smith is the comic relief and the endless stream of fat jokes grows tiresome quickly. Still Smith supplies a couple of the best moments in the film. Juliette Lewis is back with her customary weirdness, this time with kid in tow.

The two best parts of the film are the few amazing shots featuring the natural beauty of Boulder, Colorado and the nice little soundtrack with some real gems. Looking more like a Lifetime movie than a Hollywood release, this one lacks substance and depth. Here's hoping Ms. Grant's ego has been fed and she returns to her talent of writing quality stories.

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