Cinema Consults: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Physician's Money Digest, June15 2003, Volume 10, Issue 11

This film, which can be rentedfrom your local video store, israted on a scale of 1 to 4 caducei:

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Catch

Me If You Can

What's

Eating Gilbert Grape?

(2002): If you couldswap careers withoutthe trappings ofeducation or experience,what identitywould you assume?A teacher? A pilot?A lawyer? If youwere Frank Abagnale Jr, youcould be all of the above. Basedon the true story of Abagnale'scrimes and adventures, is a thoroughlyentertaining drama/comedy/crime/chase film that is quickpacedas well as highly stylized.Leonardo Di Caprio's portrayalof this legendary imposter is hisbest performance since (a performancefor which he should havewon the Oscar®). Perhaps themost compelling segment of thefilm is Abagnale's impersonationof a doctor, where sheerconfidence and a slew of TVlandmedical jargon are all heneeds to pull it off.Tom Hanksalso gives a great performancein the role of Carl Hanratty, anFBI agent who relentlesslytracks Abagnale. The relationshipbetween these 2 charactersis a foil to Abagnale's loving, yettroubled, relationship with hisfather (Christopher Walken),who, in a way, is Abagnale'sinspiration in his becoming ahighly successful fraud andimposter. This movie with itsgreat plot, good character development,sleek costumes, andcompelling musical score is veryenjoyable to watch.

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Lisa A. Tomaszewski, managing editor

of Physician's Money Digest, is currently

working on her PhD in literature at

Drew University in New Jersey. She

is an avid fan of film and has taught

a summer film course at Fairleigh

Dickinson University. She welcomes

questions, comments, or suggestions

for future film reviews at 732-656-1140

ext 195 or ltomaszewski@mwc.com.