Catch Me If You Can

Published May 30, 2015

Catch Me If You Can

Film info

  • Title Catch Me If You Can
  • Director Steven Spielberg
  • Year 2002
  • Run time 2hrs 21m
  • Genres
  • Tagline The true story of a real fake

Frank W. Abagnale Jr. is a 16-year-old high school student who finds himself emotionally cut adrift when his mother, Paula, leaves his father. One day at school, Frank Jr. attempts to pass himself off as a substitute teacher, and easily makes the subterfuge work. His small-scale success gives Frank some ideas, and he soon discovers bigger and more profitable ways of hoaxing others, passing himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor, and an attorney. Frank's increasingly audacious work soon attracts the attention of Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent who is determined to put Frank behind bars.

Background info

Title: Catch Me If You Can Director: Steven Spielberg Year: 2002 Run time: 2hrs 21m

Live blog

2:16 - Huge cast, Spielberg at the helm, John Williams' music - all signs are good so far! 4:56 - I don’t understand what that game show is about. Like an odd version of Blind Date? 9:58 - Big Bang Theory have properly ruined Christopher Walken for me. 15:54 - Those little bank meetings are all so open, anyone could hear! 18:41 - “To the moon!” 21:24 - Ha, love the concept of parents getting called in because the boy is teaching the class. 34:41 - That’s scary how easy it was to get a uniform. 37:21 - Taking a sticker off a toy is actual genius. 42:46 - Elizabeth actual Banks! 43:55 - “You mean those numbers on the bottom of a cheque actually mean something?” 50:35 - That is a funny joke, even without a punchline. 56:42 - “The position of being humiliated.” Too late! 57:57 - Yay, film within a film. 1:03:37 - Pink washing isn’t going to help with the humiliation side of things. 1:05:20 - “People only know what you tell them.” 1:15:10 - I KNEW you could learn how to be a doctor by watching Casualty. 1:23:47 - Totally love Martin Sheen, but I have no idea why. 1:32:53 - “Do you have a good lawyer?” “Well, I sort of am a lawyer now.” 1:37:11 - You don’t really get to call a truce with the FBI. 1:57:35 - So love the Boston accent. Surrendered of his own accard. 2:10:20 - Must be quite the adjustment. High-flying adventures to boring office job.


The trouble with this film is that Mr C was adamant that I’ve seen it before and I was sure that I hadn’t and so pretty much all the way through we were arguing and debating about who was right.

When I could concentrate long enough to watch the film, I really liked it. The audacity of Frank and how ridiculously easy it was for him to get away with his tricks - it’s that age old thing of just having the confidence so that everyone else believes you too.

Tom Hanks was great as always, and somehow you manage to be rooting for both sides at the same time - the screwed up kid who is breaking the law but isn’t exactly a criminal, and the tough but fair detective chasing him.

I’m still confident that I hadn’t seen it before, but I’m glad I have now!

Rating: 4/5.

Rating: 4 / 5

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