Catch Me If You Can

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Excellent account of youngest FBI's Most Wanted.

PG-13 2002 141 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 77 reviews

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age 10+


Violence 2.5/5 Sex 2.5/5 Language 3/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2.5/5
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age 14+

Not bad at all...

A 14-yaer-old adolescent, after having watched this film, would think “Oh, what a great movie! This Frank was so lucky to live all of that action and having so much fun while getting away from police all the time. Even the FBI searched him! He must be so lucky!” Well at least this is what my son thought. I gave it four stars, cause it’s got great actors, who interpret magnificently their respective roles, but also the scenes, the background songs, the clothing and the plot were trustfully based on the details the real Frank Abagnale Jr. has given us inside his so called book. Although the movie doesn’t really reflect the “after-fun” part of Frank’s journey, it is really great. A lot of adults (I myself) will relate with the protagonist’s life at a certain point or another. The only problem is that (like in all the other movies DiCaprio has acted) all the women were minoritized, shown either as the “bad guys” who always lose or cheat their husbands or the stupid, dumb, good stay-at-home-wifes . So the misogynic characteristics and the some sex scenes are the ones that force me to grade it 14+. I know that the misogynic traits give another dimension to the plot and the final sensation of the film and I embraced and understand this opinion. But also embrace and understand that a kid wouldn’t.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much consumerism

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