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Total Crap: 2.63%

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Catch That Kid
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by Chris Parry

"A kids movie with the morals of a Vin Diesel film."
2 stars

You know what I don't get? I don't get it that kids movies are stupid. I mean, I can't say the 80's were a time of great enlightenment, but I do remember a time when I, as a kid, had some great movies to see around that era. Meatballs, Goonies, E freaking T - these were good times in a theater, and not necessarily because I learned a lesson by the end, but just because I was a kid and these movies were made for me without treating me like a retard. Today we seem to have forgotten that such films ever existed, and a decidedly average film like Spy Kids has so little competition that people actually consider it to be genius when compared to horsecrap like Cat in the Hat. That's why a movie like Catch That Kid can exist, be seen on a big screen and make a little coin - because the crap we feed kids these days is just lame.

Catch That Kid sets up a premise that the 13-year-old daughter of a mountain climber will steal $250,000 from a bank so that her father can get an operation in Denmark and hopefully one day walk again. To help her in her task, she enlists two boys who have a crush on her, convinces them to break the law by promising them both her heart, exploits her mother's security consultancy contract to learn how to break in to the bank, and even takes her 2-year-old brother along for the ride because, well, she has to babysit him the night of the crime.

Now, of course this is all heinous stuff, the kind of behavior that would have a kid thrown in juvie and sitting before a group therapy session every morning at ten, but that would be assuming that in Kids Movie World anyone ever has to pay for their crimes when they're the hero of the piece.

In Catch That Kid, you can do anything you want and not only will it work, against all odds, but it will also work so well that you'll benefit in ways that you can only imagine if you've seen It's a Wonderful Life.... Like the screenwriters obviously did.

Kristen Stewart is the lead kid in the piece, and she's not terrible, despite the flimsy moral nature of the character she's playing, and in fact she followed this film with a career-making turn in the largely unseen indie flick, Speak, which had audience members breaking down in tears at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Stewart has the goods to go all the way, but she won't go anywhere but down if she continues to let herself be involved by well financed, poorly written, ridiculously conceived pieces of TV-moviedom like this.

Plotholes you could drive a go-kart through, dialogue that is consistently boring, acting that you expect to see on Nickelodeon, humor that warrants no laughter and the sad realization that Jennifer Beals, Sam Robards and James Le Gros will never sink any lower, even if they go into porn - that's Catch That Kid. Your 8-year-old sister will love it... but then again, a few years ago she was eating poop - her judgment can't be trusted.

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User Comments

11/25/09 Imogen i think kristen stewart is great in all her films and this one too. the film is also good 5 stars
8/24/05 Hunter Loved it! 5 stars
7/13/05 ivy very good 5 stars
11/02/04 mariah I loved this movie. I think that Kristen Stewart was really amazing. I love it!!! 5 stars
8/16/04 Marie It was awesome! And the was good especially Kristen Stewart! 5 stars
8/10/04 tatum At least these kids can move on with their film careers 2 stars
7/17/04 Sucky and Crapy Maddy Has Action, But I think the girl should be named "Sarah". 4 stars
7/02/04 Crystal H. lots of action!funny too! 5 stars
6/25/04 chelsea clark i thought it was and awesome movie 5 stars
4/14/04 May Q. Horney Reasonable comic romp if you can suspend moral demands. 4 stars
2/12/04 Michael Smith a great fun ride for kids 5 stars
2/10/04 Mike Snyder Nice kids' flick; good cast 4 stars
2/07/04 ObYunggin i took my kid to see this bullshit it was awful my rating -15stars 1 stars
2/07/04 Jerry Mathers Entertaining! 5 stars
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  06-Feb-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004



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