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Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.


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You can let this 'Kid' go

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 16, 2004

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Corbin Bleu, Kristen Stewart and Max Thieriot view their challenge: a state-of-the-art safe suspended 100 feet in the air in Catch That Kid.

Movie: Catch That Kid

Rating: PG

Summary: Maddy (Kristen Stewart) is a young rock climber who wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, Tom (Sam Robards), who recently scaled Mount Everest. Her two closest friends have special talents as well: Gus (Max Thieriot) is a mechanical whiz and Austin (Corbin Bleu) is a computer genius. And both are vying for her attention. Maddy's father is hospitalized after a lingering injury from his Everest expedition leaves him almost completely paralyzed. The only possible remedy is an experimental European surgery, which would cost a hefty $250,000. After watching her mom try desperately to raise the money, Maddy realizes it will take a drastic solution to save her dad's life. She enlists the help of her two cohorts to combine their skills and steal the money from a new bank with a high-tech security system that just happenes to be designed by Maddy's mom (Jennifer Beals).

My View: It is an annual occurrence that every winter, after the holiday movie season has calmed, a film is released that caters to the tweens. You're familiar with the titles: Agent Cody Banks, Big Fat Liar, Kangaroo Jack, Snow Dogs. This year's offering is Catch That Kid. It is reminiscent of a number of films, and it seems almost as if they tookAgent Cody Banks, all three Spy Kids movies, The Italian Job, and Ocean's Eleven (minus eight), and threw them in the wash together just for the heck of it. The resulting mix is nothing to write home about, but it accomplishes what it set out to do. The acting isn't bad. The standout in this kid-led entourage of actors is Stewart (who also co-starred in Panic Room). She seems to be the most serious and experienced cast member, and it wouldn't surprise me to see her name on marquees for years to come. This movie serves its intended audience: nothing more and nothing less. It falls smack in the middle of the grading scale.

Recommendations: Tweens and only tweens.

Grade: C

- Billy Norris, 16, is in the 10th grade at Seminole High School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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