This one's a treat to catch
By BILLY NORRIS
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 6, 2003
Catch Me If You Can
Summary: Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a knack for being a con man and a sly trickster, traits he picked up from his dad. He runs away in the midst of his parents' divorce and uses his skills to masquerade as a pilot for Pan Am. As the number of counterfeit checks that he carefully crafts and successfully cashes all over the world increases, FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) catches on to his mischief. As the years pass, Frank goes from pilot to doctor to lawyer and back again, and he accumulates millions of dollars. But Hanratty, always one step away from catching him, is getting closer to making the big arrest he's been working for.
My View: This film is based on a true story, and an exceptionally intriguing one at that. The casting was great, and a solid chemistry between DiCaprio and Hanks was evident. The plot was complex but not convoluted. A tinge of well-placed ironic humor here and there was a big plus, and there was enough action to keep the film moving at a steady pace. I was entertained in every respect.
Leonardo DiCaprio is convincing as a con man on the run from Tom Hanks in Stephen Spielbergs new flick, Catch Me If You Can.
Favorite Part: Abagnale's story is very distinctive. His crime spree occurred before he turned 19. It provided the perfect premise for a movie.
Recommendations: A little bit of sexual innuendo coupled with the content of the story make the movie not appropriate for younger viewers and the PG-13 rating necessary. But I do recommend this film to teenagers and up.
-- Billy Norris, 15, is in the ninth grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.
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