Catch Me If you Can (2002)


catch me“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.” – Frank Abagnale Sr.

Number of Times Seen – 2 (6 Feb 2003 in Theater, 20 Aug 2013)

Brief Synopsis – An FBI agent chases a young con artist around the US and the world in the 1960’s as is always just one step behind.

My Take on it – I actually have conflicting feelings about this movie.

I think it’s a very well made and good movie and I enjoyed it both times that I saw it, but I can’t say that it’s a movie that I look forward to seeing over and over.

Steven Spielberg is a great director and once again creates a masterpiece from behind the camera. The problem here is mostly due to casting.  Tom Hanks seems out of place as the FBI agent, Martin Sheen is awful as a southern lawyer and Leonardo DiCaprio seems to old to be this teenage con-man. The only casting done very well here is that of Christopher Walken as DiCaprio’s father. (He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and even won the BAFTA supporting award for this role).

The story itself seems too far-fetched to really be true, but supposedly it is very close to being completely accurate.

There are movies that it would bother me not to view again for over a decade, this unfortunately is not one of them.

Bottom Line – Well made movie. Spielberg once again does a superb job. Recommended

Rating – Globe Worthy

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