Caught Catch and Release on cable the other day, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Garner, and thought it wasn’t half-bad! There were enough obstacles to the two leads hooking up that I could pay attention while I was cleaning the house. Jennifer Garner — not shabby in this, except for the moment where her character is cutting loose, listing all the secrets she kept from her dead fiance, and there are a bunch of cutaways demonstrating how Tim Olyphant is falling for her. In this scene, you see the limits of her acting and Tim Olyphant, who is a pretty charismatic actor seems convincing, but you’re like, what the hell are you reacting to? It’s watching a man genuinely fall in love, but then the object of affection is a block of cheese. Totally disconcerting.
And to be petty, Jennifer Garner is very good-looking but the botox lips make no sense on her wasp-y beauty. (Like Anglos have straight noses and thin lips, you feel me?) My only other beef with her is I don’t understand why in every single movie, she dresses like cr*p. Seriously? Is it that hard to find a good stylist? But not to bust on the entire film, because let me say this — Juliette Lewis has a supporting role, and I know folks think she’s an oddball, but I think she’s a pretty good actress. She fully inhabits her characters and the difference between her comfort level and the lead’s is kind of embarrassing. But whatevs. This is a no-big-deal post, but still, had to get this off my chest.