Parents' Guide to

Catch Me If You Can

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Excellent account of youngest FBI's Most Wanted.

Movie PG-13 2002 141 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 35 parent reviews

age 10+

Good

Violence 2.5/5 Sex 2.5/5 Language 3/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2.5/5
3 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Great movie but common sense missed a swear word!

I love this movie and think you should definitely watch it but there is a bad word not mentioned in common sense’s review!!!! At 58:15 you can see frank watching a James Bond movie and it the movie they say “p**sy”! It isn’t that noticeable but I just wanted to let common sense know! Other than that, I love this movie and it’s super thrilling and fun! I do remember that when I was little and first saw it, the scene where frank is needed to give surgery and you can see a crying kid with bloody legs did scare me and I would be aware of that if your watching with littler ones.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35):
Kids say (75):

Part period piece, part chase film, part drama, Steven Spielberg's movie about the youngest person ever to make the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List is terrifically entertaining. It's set in the candy-colored ring-a-ding 1960s where jet pilots were glamorous and even bank tellers in big cities had a small-town belief in the honesty of someone cashing a check, especially if he had a charming smile. This is the 1960s of big hair, smooth surfaces, and bikinis, fueled by martini music like Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me."

Every single element of this movie works brilliantly together and the result is as irresistible as its con man hero. The screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (based on Abagnale's book) is excellent, as crafty as its subject and with just the right touch of heart. Tom Hanks, as the FBI agent who chases, admires, and ultimately inspires Frank, makes each moment on-screen a small masterpiece. DiCaprio captures us from his first moment as an awkward 13-year-old to his sheer pleasure in his own ability to master the adult world.

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