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Catch and Release is a perfectly likable romantic tragi-comedy, and therein lies the problem. If the essence of drama and comedy is conflict, what do you get when you wash the conflict away in an effort to make everybody 'likable'?
Neither a comedy nor a drama but existing in that comfortable space in between, Catch and Release, the feature-directing debut of screenwriter Susannah Grant, is an oddly appealing, if innocuous, movie of considerable charm.
There are some interesting, if less than original, ideas stuck between all the comic banter and the unlikely romantic relationship you see coming a mile away, but the film never finds a way to marry the less-than-convincing melodrama with the melancholy.
Deals with serious issues -- sudden death, grief, infidelity, deception -- in a fairly lighthearted way. What makes that worse is that there are a few moments when the film actually approaches some kind of emotional or dramatic truth.