Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Catch Me If You Can (2002, USA) C-141m. ** D: Steven Spielberg. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Jennifer Garner, Frank Abagnale Jr. Another comedy misfire by Spielberg tries to recreate real-life story of impostor Frank Abagnale, who forged checks to make a fortune in 1960s America. Hot on his trail is bumbling police detective Hanks, a man without humor, who soon has a personal grudge against the cunning young criminal. Production values are first-rate (production and set designers did a great job), but story or characters never acquire the depth needed to compensate for lack of humor, action or suspense. And why make this so long? Some good performances (notably Walken's) make it watchable. The usual Spielberg collaborators were involved.


© Ron Altman