"Depressing, Cloying and Fuzzy"
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CATCH AND RELEASE is one of the most depressing movies. It is set in the carefree New Age aging hippie world of Boulder, Colorado where rampant immorality is condoned and endorsed, including Hindu activities and beliefs like yoga, psychic auras, chakras, psychic regression, and tantric sex. This is the type of lifestyle that people led in the late 1960s. It was depressing then; it's still depressing today, especially when combined with lots of foul language.
(PaPaPa, FRFRFR, Ho, LLL, V, SSS, N, A, DD, MM) Very strong eclectic, pagan, unromantic, comedic worldview with rampant immorality condoned and endorsed, including references to Hindu New Age hippy activities, including massage therapist does yoga, talks about aura, tells people about their chakras, does tantric sex, cooks New Age foods, thinks of psychic phenomena, believes in psychic regression, and spouts lots of New Age Hindu nonsense, and at least two homosexual references; 21 profanities and 22 obscenities; some violence as two roommates fight over a carpenter's plane and other light slapstick violence, woman slaps man; rampant sexual content includes scene of depicted fornication with clothes, sex in living room of house, sex in motel room while four-year-old watches TV, and at least one or two homosexual references, including woman confesses she once made out with another woman; shadow nudity during sex scenes and revealing clothing but no explicit nudity, plus upper male nudity; alcohol use and man is rescued from trying to commit suicide with booze and pills; smoking, taking pills and marijuana use; and, blackmail, extortion, depression, and lying.
CATCH AND RELEASE opens with a very unattractive Jennifer Garner staring at the camera while caterers are bringing in food and items for her wedding. Only one thing is missing – the groom, who has just died. Garner’s character, Gray Wheeler, is in tears. The more people try to comfort her, the more upset she gets. She goes to hide in the bathroom. One of her husband’s best friends, the wealthy Fritz, who is an irresponsible playboy, comes in with a goofy caterer. The caterer asks him to fornicate with her and urges him on with disgusting exclamations.
Now that her fiancé has died, Gray cannot afford her house, so she moves in with her two male friends, Sam, a constantly eating pseudo-intellectual copywriter for Celestial Seasonings Tea, and Dennis, who owns a fly fishing shop and wants to create a peace garden. Fritz decides to hang around the house, too.
Looking over her fiancé’s accounts, Gray finds that he was paying $3,000 per month to a massage therapist in Los Angeles. She also discovers that he was a millionaire. In fact, Gray begins to hear a lot of things about her fiancé, which just goes to show you that women should not trust men. Fritz tells Gray that her fiancé had a son. Gray asks when, and Fritz lies that it was before he met her. When the massage therapist and her son show up to collect more money, Gray figures out that the affair occurring while she was engaged. When the massage therapist prepares a natural New Age psychic-aura-filled meal, Gray decides to tell the therapist her own secrets. She stole some library books and made out with a girl once. Of course, this doesn’t help her get back at her fiancé.
Gray starts having an affair with Fritz in this small house where everybody is staying. Sam walks past Fritz and Gray fornicating so he can get some food from the refrigerator. The massage therapist gives Sam a lesson in tantric sex while her little boy watches TV. The movie goes on and on in this manner and ends with Gray chasing Fritz to Malibu, so they can start a sex-filled life together.
CATCH AND RELEASE is one of the most depressing movies. This movie is set in the carefree picturesque New Age aging hippie world of Boulder, Colorado. This is the type of lifestyle that people led in the late 1960s. It was depressing then; it’s still depressing today. There is very little that is attracting or appealing in this movie. The acting relies on cure mannerisms rather than real acting. The foul language is constantly annoying. At one point, the massage therapist is criticized for just saying, “F. U.” instead of the full obscenity. Sam explains to Gray that that’s because she’s got a child. But the child doesn’t seem to be an obstacle while Sam and the massage therapist start to fornicate on the bed in a motel room while the child watches TV.
MOVIEGUIDE® understands that some so-called Hindu conservatives like this movie, probably because it has a lot of Hindu references to yoga, chakras, psychic auras, etc. Hinduism is a failed religious system that has enslaved millions of people and produced a violent culture that has given the world words like assassin. It is an unpleasant culture, and it is sad to see it imported to Boulder. It is sadder to see conservatives being seduced by Hindus claiming to be conservative but supporting this tantric garbage.
Susannah Grant, the writer and director of CATCH AND RELEASE is a wonderful, gifted writer. In fact, she wrote the screenplay for two MOVIEGUIDE® Award winners, EVER AFTER and CHARLOTTE’S WEB. CATCH AND RELEASE is not her best effort.