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Movie Review: Catch Me If You Can Story: Director Steven Spielberg finally returns to a lighter form of film making and it works very well. His attention to detail is pure perfection as he recreates the 1960s in this light, dare I use the word - breezy - fun film. I found myself smiling and chuckling through much of the film.

It is based on the true story of Frank AbagnaleJr., who managed to hoodwink, scam, con, and flim-flam his way into having people believe he was a teacher, pilot, doctor and a lawyer (all at different times). He also forged over four million dollars in checks along the way. All of this was accomplished from the tender age of 16, when he ran away from home to avoid conflict between his parents, to age 21, when he was caught. If it weren't true there would be no way to believe it.

Speilberg's craft beautifully recreates a time when everything was possible and the level of trust in our society was much higher. (Do you hear a big sigh coming from this side of the computer?) Go, enjoy yourself and return to the fab, fun 60s (without any of its political turmoil) up there on the big screen. I guarantee you will have a great ride.

Acting: Everyone is terrific! Leonardo Dicaprio fast forwards 100 years from his role in Gangs of New York to play Frank AbagnaleJr., a role that suits his style much better. He is at that time of his life where he can still get away with playing a 16 year old and also pass for an adult. Kudos to this young man! Tom Hanks doesn't get to stretch very much in his role as the stalking FBI agent - but he is always worth the price of admission. And then there is Christopher Walken - what a guy! He is aging beautifully and does a great job as Frank Abagnale, Sr.

Predilection: I like DiCaprio, Hanks and period pieces (can you imagine that a time that some of us lived through is already being called a period piece)? Aurgh!

Critters: None.

Food: Salad ( a discussion of the use of a salad fork), sandwiches and booze.

Visual Art: Attention to detail was perfect. I recognized the posters, wallpaper, furnishings as very 60s.

Blatant Product Placement: Cadillac, Chase, poor defunct Pan Am and Duane Reade Pharmacy (see nit-picking below).

Soundtrack: Fun

Opening Titles: Good old reliable composer, John Williams did a great job of recreating the 60's with the soundtrack. I was immediately pulled into the tone of the film. It was very reminiscent of those wonderful Henry Mancini Pink Panther film intros, replete with the snapping fingers.

Theater Audience: Empty - but it was a 9:45 AM show. Another woman said she would go to an even earlier show if they had one. I totally agreed. When we left the theater I noticed that the other showings for the day were sold out.

Oscar Worthy: I don't know -- probably not.

Nit Picking: This category is aptly named because this one is really picky. There is a scene early in the film, shot in front of a large Chase (Manhattan) Bank Branch. Across the street in bright lights is a 'duane reade' pharmacy. Anyone who lives in Manhattan knows that there is a 'duane reade' pharmacy literally on every block. However, in 1963, this was just not the case. The original Duane Reade store was between Duane and Reade streets in lower Manhattan. This particular store and current logo was not in existence at that time. I know it is picky, but I was distracted by the error.

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen, for sure. For some other Christopher Walken films how about renting: Scotland, Pa., Blast From the Past, Sleepy Hollow, Basquiat, Pulp Fiction, King of New York, Biloxi Blues, At Close Range, A View to a Kill, The Dead Zone, Pennies From Heaven and The Deer Hunter.

Length: 2 hours and 20 minutes. Speilberg never knows when to end a film. There is always just a bit too much.