Though not one of Steven Spielberg’s copper-bottomed classics, Catch Me If You Can is a colourful yarn in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays real-life con artist Frank Abagnale Jr (upon whose book this is based), wanted by the FBI at the age of 19. Though his trick of impersonating people — pilot, lawyer, doctor — seems harmless, he was cashing fraudulent cheques, amassing $2.5 million in 26 countries during a spree in the 1960s. DiCaprio’s boyish good looks suit the slick kid who gets away with it on a grand scale, and Tom Hanks plays it middle-aged and tired asdogged agent Carl Hanratty; their cat-and-mouse forms the spine of the story. Christopher Walken also puts in good work as Abagnale’s dodgy but devoted dad.
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