CATCH AND RELEASE written and directed by Susannah Grant, with Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant and Juliette Lewis. A Sony Pictures release. 124 minutes. Opens Friday (January 26). Rating: N Rating: N
If Gray (Jennifer Garner), the bee-stung-lipped heroine of Catch And Release, were going to write a personals ad, it would read something like this:
Me: SWF, early 30s, cute as a button, especially my dimples. I live in Boulder, Colorado, which I'm told looks a lot like parts of British Columbia. I'm not sure what I do for a living, but it keeps me in nice clothes and has something to do with Celestial Seasonings, that herbal tea company. Maybe I need some strong coffee to wake me up. Maybe you do, too.
Favourite pastimes include sitting on fallen driftwood on the beach, pretending to read, laughing when my obese, bearded friend - who looks an awful lot like that Clerks director, Kevin Smith - stuffs his face or makes a blender squirt gooey white smoothie everywhere. So funny! Even after the fifth time!
I guess you could say I'm on the rebound. My fiancé died right before our wedding. I know, tragic, right? But then I find out that he had a secret life that involved a trashy, flaky masseuse who looks a lot like that actress who was in Cape Fear and might have fathered a little boy. Imagine living life under an alias! (Actually, that sounds kind of exciting.) Which brings me to...
You: SWM, early 30s, dark hair, sorta holding onto that bad-boy look for as long as you can milk it - like that scruffy actor on TV's Deadwood. You seem like a real ladies' man, sleeping with strangers at funerals and such. But I'm convinced that underneath you're a real sensitive type. Relationship material. I'm not sure how I know this; I just do.
Maybe one day we could go fly fishing, something my dead fiancé used to do a lot. There's something very, very significant and symbolic about catching fish and then releasing them back into the water.
Or maybe we could watch a DVD of one of my favourite movies, Erin Brockovich. It's about a strong woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. Maybe I like it so much because that character is so unlike me. The writer, Susannah Grant, was nominated for an Academy Award for the script. But that was a long, long time ago. I wonder what she's doing now?
Anyhow, let's meet. The date should last just over two hours, but I promise it'll feel like a lifetime.