Catch Me If You Can


After lurking in the stuffy, sci-fi-flavoured darkness of AI and Minority Report (schmaltz-out endings notwithstanding), Steven Spielberg took a long, deep breath of clean '60s air and exhaled Catch Me If You Can. This based-on-fact tale of teen con artist Frank Abagnale Jr is undeniably refreshing, although its brash, episodic caper structure fails to disguise a rather predictable father/son play-off between Tom Hanks' G-man and Leo DiCaprio's youthful quarry. Still, it's never less than likeable and is easily Señor Spielberg's most consistent - which isn't to say best - offering in years.

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