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Catch Me If You Can

MPA Rating:

for some sexual content and cursory language.

Reviewed by:
Halyna Barannik



Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:

Teens Adults


Biography Crime Drama


ii hr. 21 min.

Year of Release:


U.s. Release:

December 25, 2002 (wide—3,156 theaters)

Copyright, DreamWorks Distribution

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Relevant Problems

Leonardo DiCaprio in “Catch Me If You Can”


1. The moral construction of the home volition be the foundation upon which a child lives his or her life. Consider the moral messages many children receive from their parents today. What will the future society look like based on today’s parents?

2. If Frank Jr. was attempting to provide the resources for his parent to reunite and recreate his dwelling, would you excuse his beliefs or still agree him answerable? Why?

3. The nature of fraud is to tell a person what they want to hear. How did Frank Jr. do that to the people in his life and why is this a dissentious behavior? Have you e’er defrauded a person for some personal proceeds? What happened to the relationship?

4. In what way was Hanratty as disturbed a person equally Frank Jr.? What does both a life of crime and a life of crime-fighting do to the soul of a person?

—Denny and Hal,

Leonardo DiCaprio,
Tom Hanks,
Jennifer Garner,
Martin Sheen,
Christopher Walken
Directed by:
Steven Spielberg |
Produced by:
Steven Spielberg, Walter F. Parkes |
Written past:
Jeff Nathanson |

go to movies to be entertained. I went to see “Grab Me If You Tin” because it received high review ratings, and, based on a true story, promised a content that would surely exist interesting. It was indeed an intriguing film, and the ii plus hours slipped by quickly. That the story is well-told cannot be denied. There is a good screenplay that clips along at a good footstep, good interim, good editing that presents the rapid action conspicuously. But what does it all mean spiritually?

Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the son of Frank Abagnale, Sr. (Christopher Walken), and the apple does not fall far from the tree. The begetter is in trouble with the IRS and doesn’t limited any remorse for his wrongdoing. In fact, he wants to sue the regime for harassing him. Somehow Frank Inferior catches this felony bug and engages, at the unbelievably young age of 16, in a life of shocking, colorful, flagrant fraud. The psychological stimulus seems to exist his extreme despair at the divorce of his parents, and not but a desire to have coin and climb out of the poverty that his begetter’s bug have created.

No merely does Frank Jr. forge checks, simply he embarks on a serial of professions for which he has not a speck of education or training. He gets through this con life by sheer gall and creative intelligence. And he does all this successfully, at least for awhile. At that place is a filibuster betwixt the execution of his crimes (impersonating an airline airplane pilot, a doctor and a lawyer) and government authorities catching onto these crimes. In hot pursuit of him, one time his spree of bank forgeries and other fraud is discovered, is FBI amanuensis Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks).

The moving-picture show takes the states through hoops, as Frank performs his tricks and Carl tries to find him. He is, of class, eventually caught. The pic is based on the story as told by the real Frank Abagnale. Only does he accept any remorse for the harm his fraud has caused? This result is non at all clear in the moving-picture show. The film is entertaining, sometimes distressing, but ultimately leaves a big moral question mark. The unquestioned answers are underlined past the fact, as stated at the end of the flick, that Frank has been living a normal life for decades, with a wife and children, and is paid millions of dollars by institutions for helping them solve other depository financial institution fraud cases.

The morally unclear ending left me somewhat dissatisfied. The existent Frank is now touring the country telling stories of his criminal escapades, and receiving glory status, thanks to this motion-picture show. The issue of justice is somehow hanging in mid-air for me. My Christian perspective on the moral of the story is frustrated and unresolved. Could this be an case of God’south overriding mercy that restores Frank’s life to him and the picture simply failed to present all the necessary spiritual ingredients for one to draw this conclusion? I really don’t know. However, equally entertainment, the moving-picture show succeeds grandly.

Editor’s Note:
For an interesting read (and to contrast the exaggerations brought along in this moving picture), delight see Frank Abagnale’southward personal site at




Comments from young people

Comments from non-viewers

I oasis’t seen the film, merely I’ve read the book, and heard a speech. The book shows that Frank began stealing to back up his sex activity addiction. What neither the book nor the film tell, is that he repaid all whom he stole from. “Today, no one is out a penney.” Get the audio of the spoken language at Focus on the Family unit. He does not at any time express whatsoever religious faith.

Kristen, age 28


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