• Publication date: October 1, 2011

What happens when destiny has a different plan? Catch and Release: An ending leads to a beginning

�Catch and Release� is Oscar-nominee Susannah Grant�s directorial debut about a soon-to-be bride whose big day transforms from a wedding party to a memorial service. The comedy-drama shows Gray Wheeler, played by Jennifer Garner, with a happily partnered young lady anxious to wed her boyfriend Grady who she has been with for many years.

�Catch and Release� is Oscar-nominee Susannah Grant�s directorial debut about a soon-to-be bride whose big day transforms from a wedding party to a memorial service. The comedy-drama shows Gray Wheeler, played by Jennifer Garner, with a happily partnered young lady anxious to wed her boyfriend Grady who she has been with for many years.

Tragedy strikes, however, when Grady is accidentally killed while fishing with his pals. The following day, where the movie begins, Gray is attending her fianc�e�s funeral alongside his family and friends; what would have been a joyous occasion is now filled with gloom.

After mingling with the mourners Gray finds the environment unbearable and runs to an upstairs bathroom, crawls into its tub, and closes the shower curtain in a bid to be totally alone. Soon afterward Grady�s best bud, Fritz (Timothy Olyphant) enters the room with his latest sexual trophy, an attractive member of the event�s catering service. Unaware of Gray�s presence, the two begin passionately making love � while the former bride listens from behind the curtain.

Once the session finishes, and the young girl leaves, Gray reveals herself to Fritz and reprimands him for his distasteful behavior. Predictably, this marks the beginning of a love-hate relationship that lasts for the remainder of the film. When upcoming financial strife forces Gray out of her home, Grady�s pals, including Fritz, invite her to their bachelor pad. This new living arrangement inevitably forces Fritz and Gray to confront their feelings for one another, though not without some speed bumps along the way.

Gray�s idealistic perception of her deceased fianc� begins to fade after a lawyer reveals his hidden fortune, totaling over a million dollars. She also learns that her knight in shining amour had been sending $3000 to an anonymous woman in Los Angeles, which she suspects means he was cheating on her. Meanwhile, Gray�s would-be mother-in-law, Maureen (Juliette Lewis), callously demands that Gray return the couple�s wedding ring.

As the picture continues to unfold the saying, �Things are not always what they seem� is reinforced. Gray will discover that those who appear to be perfect might indeed be substantially worse than those with minor character flaws. While the plot may seem completely devoid of humor, it in fact does induce laughter on many occasions. The soundtrack features songs by artists like the Foo Fighters and The Lemonheads.

Director Susannah Grant has also penned the screenplays for pictures such as �Pocahontas� (1995), �Erin Brockovich� (2000), and �28 Days� (2000).

�Catch and Chase� is rated PG-13 for sexual content, harsh language, and some drug use.

Year: 2006

Duration: 124 mins

Genre: Romantic/Comedy

Starring:

Jennifer Garner

Timothy Olyphant

Sam Jaeger

Juliette Lewis

Directed by: Susannah Grant