Catch and Release
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -4

Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Smith, Sam Jaeger, Fiona Shaw, Juliette Lewis. Romantic Comedy/Drama. Written and Directed by Susannah Grant.

FILM SYNOPSIS: After the sudden death of her fianc, Gray Wheeler (Jennifer Garner) finds comfort in the company of his friends: lighthearted and comic Sam (Kevin Smith), hyper-responsible Dennis (Sam Jaeger), and, oddly enough, his old childhood buddy Fritz (Timothy Olyphant), an irresponsible playboy whom shed previously pegged as one of the least reliable people in the world. As secrets about her supposedly perfect fianc 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.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Its The Big Chill- lite. There are some good things, including nice performances, especially from Juliette Lewis, as well as beautiful locations, the mountains and valleys of Colorado looking like they popped out of a Hemingway novel, and a compelling concept that is both humorous and at times touching. But its not quite the grownup movie it wants to be. Indeed, some of the funniest moments seemed more geared to the eight-year-old sitting behind me. I expected a touch more depth from writer-director Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).

But what truly deserves attention is the films shallow attitude concerning morality and premarital sex. Here sex seems to be used as therapy. People feel bad over the loss of a friend or fianc, so they jump in the sack. In one case, a couple (complete strangers) has sex in a bathroom, with the lead in a comical situation as she has hid out in this very bathroom. Having taken refuge in the sanctuary of the curtain-covered bathtub, she overhears the copulating couple.

This isnt meant to be judgmental, but our society in general looks upon sexuality as merely a bodily function. Thats true for animals, but there is something bonding about the act between two people that causes it to rise above the functions of eating or relieving oneself. It has been blessed by God between husband and wife. It is the most intimate moment a person can have with another, so intercourse deserves a certain homage. It is not to be taken lightly. Yet, it is here. The people portrayed in this film are those who attend church services when they marry and when they bury. Thats about it. So questions of morality for them are made only from a human perspective. Gods input is never considered.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: Several crude sexual innuendos and references.
Obscene Language: Because a child is around, the f-word is not said, but referred to; at hearing the mother utter f-word rather than saying the entire word, the lead actress asks, What kind of woman goes around saying f-word? There was a time when even unreligious men wouldnt use that word in mixed company. Now, its accepted speech among females. Youve come a long way, baby.
Profanity: Gods name is profaned in a song, then the expression oh my god is heard on several occasions; Jesus name is used as an expletive 4 or 5 times.
Violence: A slapstick brawl is played for laughs, no injuries.
Sexual Intercourse: Four sexual situations, two becoming graphic. Each situation is outside marriage and between people who arent even in love.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: There are several sexual discussions.
Drug Abuse: The male lead starts to smoke a marijuana cigarette; a couple of characters take pills in order to sleep, one almost dies by mixing pills with alcohol; lots of drinking; a couple of drunk scenes played casually and unbelievably as there are no hangovers the next day.
Other: None
Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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