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03/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Breezy Fun, and Surprisingly Touching

It's certainly been a while since I've seen a film so easy to like and purely entertaining as Catch Me If You Can. Fun and well paced, though not lacking in intelligence, Catch Me If You Can is ideal film. It doesn't reach the masterpiece status many proclaim it has, but it's a confident and enjoyable ride, that even boasts some surprising emotional depth.

Inspired by actual events, Catch Me If You Can follows the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who runs away after his parent's divorce at the age of 16. Following in his dad's footsteps, Frank becomes a masterful conman, stealing millions of dollars. However, Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent, is hot on Frank's heels. As Frank continues to successfully evade the law, he also faces difficulties of his own, such as old wounds from his parent's div...

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01/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Catch Me If you Can" by Yojimbo

Catch Me If You Can is a lighthearted comedy-thriller based on the life of audacious conman Frank Abagnale Jr who made millions passing fake cheques while he was still in his teens and went on to be one of the most respected fraud investigators in the world. It's a truly astonishing story and with the hugely likable Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role and Spielberg's sensitive sketching of his homelife you can't help both warming to and admiring the sheer size of the brass set on him. He was living the American dream and if it weren't for the pesky detail of federal crime he'd probably be a national hero. The core of the film is the relationship between he and the FBI agent pursuing him played by Tom Hanks, who puts in a similarly fine performance as the lonely obsessive who mirrors his qu...

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04/23/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


With Steven Spielberg directing and producing, coupled with heavy hitters like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom can take this movie to the bank, baby! True enough, from a 'lowly' budget of $52 million, gleaning a gross revenue of $352 million ain't that bad . Not at all. I'll do it any day of the week. What really is refreshing though is how Spielberg finally takes a break and floats lightly with this production...sweet and easy for a change...This guy can print money even while he sleeps! The charm of the young DICAPRIO was etched perfectly to portray the biggest check defrauder of all time: FRANK ABAGNALE JR. A true lesson on the underrated value of INFLUENCE. Frank's life was carved to impress his dad. He was commended for his criminal and mischievous deeds since childhood....

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12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Catch Me If You Can

A smart comedy with a dramatic core. It's only right that Spielberg directed this film because it could've been a mess in somebody else's hands. Now that I've almost watched all of Leonardo DiCaprio's films, I'm more convinced that he deserves to win a Best Actor Oscar. He's not just a typical actor who happens to have modelesque looks. He knows how to get into a character and do it well. This movie is very amusing because it actually happened in real life (or rather, it's inspired by true events). It's funny how Leonardo DiCaprio's character started from a kid to a well-known, highly creative yet lovable criminal. My favourite scene has got to be the bit where he walks into an airport swarming with FBI agents while being surrounded by stewardesses. For me, that sums up the film because p...

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