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Since their childhood, friends Hogan (Ed Helms), Bob (Jon Hamm), Randy (Jake Johnson) and Kevin (Hannibal Buress) have had only one goal for a month a year: to finally catch their buddy Jerry (Jeremy Renner) in a catch game that men have been playing for three decades now. Jerry's the only one who's never been captured before. He is always one step ahead of his friends - but this year everything is different. Because Jerry is getting married and this is the perfect opportunity for the others to bring his winning streak to an end. But Jerry wouldn't be the pro he is if he hadn't expected it already…
As stupid and crazy as the story may sound, "Catch me!" is actually based on a true story. A group of adult men from Spokane, Washington have been playing a catch game for 30 years, according to the motto: "We don't stop playing because we get older - we get older because we stop playing". Her unusual "hobby" became the hanger of an article in the Wall Street Journal. This article served as inspiration for the feature film debut of director Jeff Tomsic, who was able to win a good cast for it. While Ed Helms and Jake Johnson ("New Girl") are generally known for more comedic roles, "Mad Man"-star Jon Hamm and "Avenger" Jeremy Renner are also allowed to show their comic side here, which Hamm especially succeeds in doing very well.
No question, the movie has some really funny moments. Especially because the idea is so wonderfully absurd, the mood is always quite good. But unfortunately, these few amusing scenes aren't enough to carry the actually very weak framework of clichés, pathos and exaggerated silliness. And that's a shame, especially in view of the good-humored actors and the numerically inferior jokes. Because it becomes clear again and again that the movie would have had the potential to become a really great, bitter comedy - but this potential is simply given away in many places.
When the action gets a little more serious or emotional, especially during the last act, it somehow seems out of place. Tomsic doesn't succeed in combining comedy and drama into a harmonious whole and thus lends the film a harmonious overall picture. The fact that there is also no clear resolution of the final "conflict" suggests the suspicion that the makers here clearly assumed that they would shoot a sequel - or that they were afraid of dragging the audience down too much after 90 minutes of clambake. The result is that the ending somehow seems unfinished and unsatisfactory. But since the comedy only rarely manages to really captivate the viewer, this flaw is barely noticeable in a negative way. Amusing are the scenes presented by the credits: It's recordings of the real role models in their game. And here it becomes clear that reality and fiction are not so far apart. Still, the bottom line is there's only one: Conditionally worth seeing!
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