CATCH AND RELEASE Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2006 (12), £19.99
On paper, this bittersweet romantic comedy has quite a bit going for it – but realism certainly isn’t a priority. Jennifer Garner stars as Gray – who is appropriately named, given her lack of personality. The young woman is trying to get back on track following her fiance’s death. Shortly after his funeral, she discovers that he had been supporting a woman in another city and that his best friend – whom she despises – knew all about it. As she learns more about her fiance’s secret life and realises he wasn’t exactly the man she thought he was, she also begins to re-evaluate his friend.
Director Susannah Grant has covered this sort of turf before – on the infinitely superior In Her Shoes, among other movies – but as a writer. This movie just doesn’t convince; its characters seem entirely one-dimensional and, in the cases of her fiance’s mistress, played by Juliette Lewis, and his roommate (Kevin Smith, in the comedy fat-friend role), they’re just irritating. seven and eight: where before he was a lovable rogue, here he comes over as a slightly sleazier and less honourable thief. The dodgy revamping of the theme tune (clearly done to erase the last trace of Waterman, who had sung it) doesn’t help either. George Cole and Gary Webster star.